Initiative Provides Families the Most-Needed Information, Resources Before, During & After Pregnancy Kick-off event “It Starts With Mom Live” to feature Kelly Rowland as Keynote Speaker
March of Dimes, the leading organization fighting for the health of all moms and babies, today announced it’s third annual It Starts With Mom campaign with a series of activities beginning May 5 and continuing throughout the year, including its signature event, It Starts With Mom Live.
Alongside singer, actor, producer, and author Kelly Rowland and participating speakers and partners, It Starts With Mom Live will bring together moms, families, leading health experts, and celebrities to discuss issues important to moms today.
It Starts With Mom, which is nationally sponsored by Clearblue, The Honest Company, and EMD Serono, serves as an educational opportunity to provide the latest maternal health information and resources for moms at each stage of pregnancy and new motherhood at ItsStartsWithMom.org.
In a new survey commissioned by March of Dimes, and conducted by Harris Poll, 6 out of 10 women 18 years or older said they have little to no knowledge of mental health issues women face during pregnancy and childbirth. Similarly, 60% of women were unaware of the problems new moms face with postpartum care and support.
These insights helped guide the development of health education materials for It Starts with Mom around mental health, birth trauma/healing, sex after pregnancy, and finances and work, as 9 out of 10 people believe March of Dimes can make a difference in health problems that are risks to moms during pregnancy and childbirth.
The theme for It Starts With Mom 2022 is “Mom’s Firsts – Celebrating Parental Milestones.” Parental milestones are not always recognized as much as milestones in childhood, but every milestone a child achieves starts with the mom.
It Starts With Mom will flip the script and instead celebrate the importance of parental milestones, from the first birthing class to the first diaper change.
“We all love our babies and while it’s natural to focus on celebrating them, it’s important for us to also celebrate moms. The fact is that childbirth and childrearing in the United States can be tremendously challenging, and we want to make sure parents know that we’re here to support them over the course of their pregnancy journey,” said Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes.