Stork’s Nest to open April 30

Women who don’t receive prenatal care early and regularly are more likely to have poor birth outcomes — but pregnant women in North Jacksonville will soon have a new resource to promote their health and well-being during this critical time.

The Zeta Phi Beta sorority is opening a new Stork’s Nest program on April 30 at 11 am at their Northside location: 3805 Moncrief Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32209. The Beta Alpha Zeta chapter established the Stork’s Nest to increase prenatal care and education by providing much needed baby and maternity items to local expectant mothers who are at-risk for preterm births

The national Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has partnered with the March of Dimes since 1972 to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy through a two-tiered program of incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients earn points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, by participating in health-promoting activities like attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes and keeping appointments for well-baby visits.

Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork’s Nests serving nearly 30,000 women.

Locally, the Stork’s Nest is sponsored by the Healthy Start Coalition and a collaboration between the March of Dimes and the Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Inc.