A brief history of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
1962– In response to President John F. Kennedy’s call to action, a committee at Grady Memorial Hospital, developed a written initiative called “A Proposed Plan to Prevent Mental Retardation Through Improved Maternal and Infant Care.”
1968- “Operation Stork,” a collaboration between Jewish Women International and March of Dimes, began conducting outreach and educational programming for pregnant women at the South Fulton Clinic
Around 1970- Additional women’s organizations came together to offer educational programming for pregnant women. Organizations included: the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, the Jewish Women International, the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Service Guild, and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority/Epsilon Chapter
1972-The women’s consortium of advocates formally consolidated as “Better Infant Births March of Dimes” and urges for the creation of a Maternal Council of Georgia.
1972-Gov. Jimmy Carter signs HB 1044 establishing a Maternal Council of Georgia
1973-The Council of Maternal and Infant Health called for a statewide conference focusing on quality of life in Georgia. Out of this conference, called “Continuum” the “Continuum Alliance for Human Development” was born. Led by Charlotte Wilen, this organization allowed community citizens to align with the Maternal and Infant Health Council and continue as a voice for Georgia’s mothers and children.
1974- The Maternal Council of Georgia expanded its mission to include the infant and became the Council of Maternal and Infant Health.
Late 1980s- The national advocacy organization called Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies approached the Continuum Alliance asking that the Continuum become its Georgia affiliate.
1992-Georgia’s Continuum Alliance officially changed its name to Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Georgia.
Today-Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (“HMHB”) continues to serve as a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of concerned citizens who educate and advocate for improving the health of Georgia’s mothers, babies and families