Headquartered: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
501(c)(3) Designation: October 2020
Who We Are: Frontline health workers, public health professionals, maternal care providers, and community leaders, dedicated to improving maternal health experiences and outcomes through an integrated approach to care. We recognize the need for locally based interventions, cultural competence, quality improvement, and access to resources. While our services are available to all women and families, due to the disproportionate rates of adverse outcomes in certain populations, our programs are designed to address social determinants of health that significantly impact women of color, families at higher risk of pregnancy-related complications, and the medically uninsured / underinsured.
Our Story: The motivation behind PUSH started with the maternal health journey of Jacqueline McLeeland who began researching the maternal health crisis and challenges for new moms in the workplace in 2015. Her experiences led to the foundation of a network of various maternal health advocates and community leaders, followed by collaboration with medical and public health professionals.
This organization was birthed from personal experiences that are rooted in our foundation, our purpose, and the communities we serve. We are moms. We are dads. We are human. Not only are we comprised of families who have experienced loss during childbirth, women who developed health challenges while pregnant, and moms who were once identified as high-risk; we also embody the true essence of diversity—dedicated to leveraging our personal experiences and professional capabilities to collectively PUSH for improved maternal health experiences and outcomes throughout Texas, and anywhere our services are needed.
Our Purpose: Prioritizing women and moms-to-be, their health, and their holistic well-being, no matter their ZIP code.
Our Vision: A healthy birth experience for every woman, every child, and every family.
Our Mission: To improve maternal health experiences and outcomes through a trusted partnership and support system.
Our Core Values
Our culture. Our guiding principles. Our commitment to each other and the community.
Is how we continue to build towards the goals we set forth. This does not mean always agreeing, but a commitment to work it out.
Makes us stronger individually and collectively. This is how we build sustainable communities.
Equips us with the tools and resources to achieve positive results.
Is deserved by all despite one’s zip code, sex, beliefs, education, race, and ethnicity.
Is an essential benefit when moms have the ability and choose to. We equally support nursing and healthy alternatives.
Is not an option, but a requirement. This is a commitment to our mission, beneficiaries, stakeholders, and community.
Is a fundamental principle and we hold our actions accountable that everyone is treated autonomously.
Means early access and responsiveness to the needs of moms-to-be; a critical component to maternal health services, prenatal care, and postpartum recovery.
Is a mind, body, spiritual and social process we promote through self-care.
Where We Started
PUSH is established in Texas and receives its 501(c)(3) designation.
Pathways to PUSH®
PUSH announces its Pathways to PUSH® program, our continued commitment to building an environment supportive of all women and families while recognizing the path to a healthier pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care looks different for every family and every pregnancy.
PUSH receives funding to design a capacity development and sustainability plan (Doula Expansion Program) that will grow a network of professionally trained doulas in Greater Houston to help address the community’s maternal morbidity and mortality crisis.