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Your Gift Gives Babies the Best Start 

Many babies in our community are born too soon, too small, and they don't have a safe place to sleep -- all threats to their young lives.

On average, more than 100 Milwaukee infants die before their first birthday. 

To save these babies and support their families,  Ascension Columbia St. Mary's educates and supports our community through our Strong Baby Initiatives:

  • The Strong Baby Sanctuary prepares to serve as safe havens where expectant moms and new parents can receive support and education on healthy pregnancies and healthy families. Click here for a full list of Strong Baby Sanctuary churches.

  • The Strong Baby Sabbath, a partnership with community groups, prepares pastors to deliver messages to their congregations about healthy births and safe-sleep environments.

  • Blanket of Love wraps at-risk expectant moms in a protective blanket of childbirth education, preparation for the baby, and problem-solving skills. 

  • Ascension Seton Dental Clinic Prenatal Oral Health Program provides oral intervention for expectant mothers. 90% of women in the program deliver full-term, healthy birth-weight babies.  

Your gift will:  

  • Stock an infant supply pantry at a Strong Baby Sanctuary

  • Train church volunteers to deliver childbirth and parenting instruction to people in need

  • Increase the number of churches that serve as Strong Baby Sanctuaries -- reaching more than 1,000 people with vital family support and resources 

  • Educate expectant mothers and their families on proper infant care 

  • Provide portable cribs to families in need to promote safe sleep habits  

Most importantly, you will give more babies a chance.



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