Masks for MOMS: COVID-19 Response

Living through COVID-19 has been scary for all of us, but especially for those who are pregnant. To help make it a little less scary, Masks for MOMS wants to get reusable cloth face masks to the moms and moms-to-be who need them in the Chicago-land area. The aim of the Masks for MOMS campaign is to ensure that pregnant people and people in labor and delivery have access to face masks at their prenatal visits and when they arrive at hospitals for delivery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing masks where social distancing may be challenging to maintain to help slow the spread of illness. By working together, we can support pregnant Illinoisans and reduce the anxiety of going to doctors’ appointments or the other necessary errands, especially if using public transportation.  Even though masks don’t provide absolute protection from COVID-19, all individuals are encouraged by the CDC to wear masks when they leave their homes. People attending prenatal care visits in person and those about to give birth will also benefit from the reduced stress that is likely to come from wearing a mask in their interactions with their prenatal care providers.

While some people in Chicagoland (Chicago and its suburbs/surrounding counties) will have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) because they are receiving care at larger better resourced health care centers and hospitals, many do not have such access. We are partnering with community-based clinics and strategic community sites to make them available during in-person clinician visits and labor and delivery.

Click here for more information about Masks for Moms and how the campaign works

 

We would love to see your masks too! Be sure to use #Masks4MOMsIL when you post pictures of your masks on social media and be sure to share with your family and friends!

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Help us spread the word!

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Click here for the Masks for MOMS flyer or see below: Masks for MOMS flyer.

If you would like to help us with marketing, below are sample social media messages you can share.