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Delta Beta Zeta's Stork's Nest Program
In 1971, under the leadership of Past International Grand Basileus Isabel Herson, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated joined forces with the March of Dimes to establish a national benchmark program known as Stork's Nest.
The primary goal of Stork's Nests throughout the nation is to provide prenatal instruction and promote healthy behaviors through a series of educational workshops and incentives. To date, there are more than 200 Stork's Nests nationwide. These nests serve over 35,000 expectant mothers each year.
The initial downstate Stork's Nest was opened in the mid-1980's in Brooklyn. Sorors from Delta Alpha Zeta, Delta Mu Zeta and Delta Beta Zeta Chapters provided layettes to new and expectant mothers who had been referred to the nest. In 2011, the members of Delta Beta Zeta Chapter realized that there was a great need to reestablish a Stork's Nest in Queens.
On Saturday, October 8, 2011, over 30 expectant mothers attended the first baby shower. In addition to all the festivities, the attendees learned about Stork's Nest as well as other health services available to them through a host of social service agencies. The afternoon ended with mothers-to-be committing to attend the series of workshops.
Each cycle of workshops covers topics such as what to expect during pregnancy, how to handle stress during pregnancy, as well as preparing for the birth of a healthy baby, etc.Although the workshops were geared to expectant mothers, soon-to-be dads were encouraged to participate--and they did! At the conclusion of the cycle, the program participants are able to redeem the points they accumulated by attending workshops, keeping doctors' appointments, etc. to purchase baby items from the nest’s store.
In March of 2015, Delta Beta Zeta Chapter expanded its Stork’s Nest and a new site was opened in Far Rockaway. We now service expectant mothers in Cambria Heights as well as Far Rockaway.
In October 2017, Stork's Nest Baby Shower classes were Mondays and Wednesdays, October 23, 2017 to November 15, 2017. 6 mothers out of 7 finished the classes. One mother was put on bed-rest.
November 19, 2017 DBZ hosted in Prematurity Workshop at church with Soror Lynda Jones-Johnson.