Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Push Birth Partners (PUSH) was officially established in 2020 and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PUSH is comprised of passionate frontline health workers, public health professionals, and maternal care providers dedicated to improving maternal health experiences and outcomes. We recognize the need for locally based interventions, cultural competence, quality improvement, and access to care. While our Care System services (care navigation, care management, and care education) are available to all women and families, due to the disproportionate rates of adverse outcomes in certain populations, we seek to deliver services to women of color, individuals from socially/economically marginalized groups, those with pregnancies identified as high-risk, and the medically uninsured.
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 the collaboration of medical and public health professionals.
This organization was birthed out of personal experiences that make us unique in the sense of having a deeper connection to our mission and the communities we serve. Not only are we comprised of families who have experienced loss during childbirth, women who developed health challenges while pregnant, individuals who once lacked the resources for adequate maternal care, and women who were once identified as high-risk; we also embody the true essence of diversity, equity, and inclusion—dedicated to leveraging our personal experiences and professional skills to collectively PUSH for improved maternal health experiences and outcomes throughout Texas, other parts of the nation, and anywhere our programs are needed.
Prioritizing women and moms-to-be, their health, and their holistic well-being, no matter your ZIP code.
A healthy birth experience for every woman, every child, and every family.
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™, our continued commitment to building an environment supportive of ALL women and birthing families while recognizing the path to a healthier pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care looks different for every family and every pregnancy.