This month’s donation is going to the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, CA. The program was started by Martha Ryan, a volunteer nurse practitioner providing care for a homeless women’s shelter. The pregnant women Martha treated were not getting the adequate prenatal care they needed to insure a safe pregnancy. In 1989 Martha founded HPP in order to fill this gap in care.
HPP’s mission is to give at risk women the prenatal care required to keep themselves and their babies healthy. The program offers prenatal educational classes and onsite medical care for expecting mothers. Post-partum, HPP offers in-home care and provides basic household goods necessary to raise an infant. Since 1992, of 2,680 babies born to HPP, 2,412 (90%) were of normal weight and 2,559 (95.5%) were drug-free. Aside from giving much needed healthcare, HPP provides housing assistance, financial training and computer training.
For more information on how you can volunteer or donate to the Homeless Prenatal Program, please visit: