The Stork’s Nest, one of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s signature programs, was conceived in 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia by Zeta member, Evelyn Brown to encourage low-income women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester to assist in decreasing birth defects and increasing infant mortality.
The Stork’s Nest is a national program of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and is aligned with the sorority’s community service initiative Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) as well as the March of Dimes. There are over 175 Stork’s Nests nationwide and has served over 28,000 women. Stork’s Nest promotes prenatal care participation and positive health choices during pregnancy through two components—incentives and education.
Stork's Nest Blitz
In 1998, the Stork’s Nest Blitz Baby Item Collection Drive was created by Kappa Iota Zeta chapter member, Tonya Cook to gather items needed to stock the “nests”. An assortment of newborn baby items, such as diapers, bottles, receiving blankets, shirts and more are collected and assembled on site during the event into layettes, which are later distributed to clinics participating in the Stork’s Nest program located in Metro Atlanta. Recently, the Stork's Nest prenatal education modules were added to the Blitz program where mothers receive incentives for attending the prenatal health workshops.
The event also provides general literature on health related topics, clothes for toddlers, and maternal health care providers on site to provide resources for those expecting as well as those who will be future mothers. In 2008, the chapter received over $15,000 in grant funding, layette, and book donations. For more information regarding the Stork's Nest or Blitz, email email@example.com