Our mission is built on four pillars: Move (Fitness), Learn (Education), Connect (Social Support) and Inspire (Community Engagement).
Under our Move pillar, in our first year we launched our Donation-Based Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga classes in partnership with Project Yoga Richmond. Under the Inspire pillar, we partnered with Richmond Healthy Start Initiative to promote community support of breastfeeding through the Big Latch On, which was attended by 225 breastfeeding mothers and community advocates.
Combining the Learn, Connect, and Inspire pillars, our first professional development program: Perinatal Loss: Facilitating Healing Through Compassionate Dialogue brought 57 health care providers, perinatal support specialists and parents together to increase our community's capacity to respond effectively to the devastating experience of reproductive loss.
In 2014, we are again partnering with Richmond Healthy Start Initiative to improve community support for breastfeeding, and will offer our second professional development program on October 17: From Trauma to Triumph: Recognizing the Impact of Childbirth Trauma on Women and Care Providers, a continuing education program for up to 90 physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, and childbirth specialists.
Our ultimate goal is the creation of a dedicated maternity resource center that offers high-quality, high-value education, wellness, and support services for Richmond’s emerging families and the professionals who serve this audience. The center would also serve as a hub to facilitate communication and collaboration between existing maternal/child health organizations so that we create a continuous web of support for expecting mothers and new families in Richmond.
In 2014-15, our focus is on building our organizational infrastructure and capacity and recruiting a dynamic, focused board so that we can effectively raise the funds to achieve this goal.
Together we can make this happen.
Leslie Lytle began teaching prenatal yoga in 2000 and launched OmMama, LLC in 2005. Over 3000 women and their partners have participated in OmMama’s highly acclaimed programs that combine physical practice, evidence-based information, and peer support to build confidence and resilience in birth and early parenting. Through her students’ stories, Leslie perceived a need for comprehensive, easily accessible pregnancy, birth, and early parenting services across all economic sectors. In the fall of 2011 she gathered a group of maternal/child health professionals and community members to explore the possibility of creating a nonprofit maternity fitness, education and resource center. Nurture was born of their efforts in April 2012 and received its 501(c)(3) status in September 2013.
As word got out about the emerging organization, community response was tremendous. Former students offered financial support and volunteer time; attorneys and accountants donated services; graphic artists, photographers, and filmmakers created materials; the VCU Brand Center adopted Nurture as a semester-long project.
Even as these pieces were falling into place, Nurture worked to fulfill its mission with an all-volunteer staff. We partnered with Richmond Healthy Start Initiative to promote community support for breastfeeding through the Big Latch-On in August, and launched our first perinatal fitness classes in October 2013. Also in October, we hosted our first professional development program: a daylong conference entitled: Perinatal Loss: Facilitating Healing Through Compassionate Dialogue.
This summer our board committed to participating in the Standards for Nonprofit Excellence early adopter cohort offered through the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, and we are again partnering with Richmond Healthy Start Initiative to raise community awareness of the importance of breastfeeding via the RVA Latches On! and Let’s Talk Breastfeeding events. On October 17, we will offer our second annual professional development program, From Trauma to Triumph: Recognizing the Impact of Childbirth Trauma on Women and Care Providers.
Going forward we’re focused on strengthening our foundation, getting our systems in order, increasing and organizing our volunteer base, and building connections in the community. Taking baby steps and picking up speed as we move toward becoming a full-fledged, grown-up nonprofit with a paid staff and a space of our own.
Our professional development events, which come under the community engagement pillar of our mission, take place in facilities that we rent specifically for each event.
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