On Wednesday, January 18, BMC celebrated the official launch of Curbside Care with a community baby shower for patients and their families. Curbside Care, funded by the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, is an innovative mobile unit that will deliver BMC Pediatrics and Midwifery services to 2,100 moms and babies, right outside of their homes. The unit is set to begin visiting patients later this winter.
In addition to the baby shower, the launch featured a panel discussion, ribbon-cutting, and mobile unit tours. During the panel, Curbside Care Director Melissa Nass, MD, Cara McGuiness, CNM, Boston Celtics Vice President of Player Development Allison Feaster, and BMC Curbside Care patient Shataura discussed the history and impact of the program. NBC Sports Boston Celtics Sideline Reporter Abby Chin joined us as moderator.
Boston Celtics players Grant Williams and Derrick White attended the ribbon cutting and baby shower for more than 40 patients and their families. In addition to enjoying games, refreshments, and a raffle, patients walked away with gift baskets filled with diapers, wipes, and other necessities courtesy of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.
The Curbside Care program comes in response to a troubling statistic: 40% of new moms at BMC never return for a post-partum appointment in part due to lack of transportation or childcare. Data shows startling disparities between Black women and white women on rates of postpartum mortality, identification and treatment for postpartum depression, and breastfeeding duration. Curbside Care is part of BMC’s commitment to health equity and will work to close these disparities by eliminating barriers and bringing care directly to patients.