By Josetta Arnold (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter) – Wrapping up November is Prematurity Awareness Month with a reminder to the Black community that early detection will benefit mothers to seek more education and awareness concerning the causes and consequences of premature births. Prematurity is defined as any birth before 37 weeks.
For 47 years, the International Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the National March
of Dimes have partnered to reduce the incidence of premature birth through the Stork’s Nest. The local Beta Alpha Zeta chapter, Inc. operates the Stork’s Nest of Jacksonville. This year the theme was Purple Reign highlighting the prematurity shades of purple. Purple for a healthy baby, light purple a premature birth and white for mother who may have lost a baby to prematurity.
The local Beta Alpha Zeta, Inc. chapter sponsors the Stork’s Nest of Jacksonville to educate and support pregnant women with limited income. Due to COVID19, interested pregnant women may participate via Zoom for both education, emotional support, and incentive gift cards. Community, social and civic groups desiring more information or education about the causes of prematurity in the Black Community. For more info contact the Stork’s Nest of Jacksonville, via phone: 904-203-8993, the web: zetaphibetajax.org/stork-s-nest or email by email at: zetaNest20@gmail.com