About Us

About Us

About The Maternal League of Memphis

The Maternal League of Memphis is a benevolent and charitable organization established in 1935 to assist in meeting the needs of mothers and their newborn infants. The Maternal League works with the Shelby County Health Department, the March of Dimes through Regional One Health, SafeKids Mid-South through LeBonheur Children's Hospital, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center which serves underinsured and uninsured children from birth to age 18. We fulfill our mission in a multitude of ways.

The Maternal League provides layettes and our Baby Times calendars to the Health Department, t-shirts and baby equipment to the NICU at Regional One, and nutritious food for the Safe Kids' Baby Safety Showers. Maternal League is part of the synergy of the material needs and the educational resources to improve the health and well-being of Memphis and Shelby County families.

Our signature Layette Program, unique to the Memphis area, has been serving families in need for decades. Every year, the Maternal League has a fundraiser centered around Mother's Day! This provides the finances for purchasing layettes for distribution through the Health Department.

Our most recent project is the Baby Times Calendar. These Calendars are designed to encourage mothers to actively participate in their child's development. They are provided to families through the Shelby County Health Department, Safe Kids Mid-South, Memphis Children's Clinic, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center which serves underinsured and uninsured children from birth to age 18.

Memphis once had the highest rate of infant mortality in the United States. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is at an all-time low as a result of efforts by organizations like ours and the American SIDS Institute. In 2004, Maternal League initiated a simple and effective way to educate moth- ers and caregivers in our community by distributing t-shirts emblazoned with THIS SIDE UP across the front through the Shelby County Health Department and area hospitals. Safe Sleep positioning was the first step in the effort to lower SIDS across the country.

Maternal League continues to create new ideas to help facilitate educating women in meeting the needs of their infants. Our mission has not changed, but the ways in which the Club fulfills it are ever evolving.

Historic Facts about Maternal League:

  • Founded in 1935 by Mrs. George Harsh
  • Started the first free prenatal clinic in South Memphis in September 1937
  • Selected as Tennessee's model program in 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Received the Tennessee Hospital Association Award for Volunteerism in 1991
  • Received the National Association of Public Hospitals Volunteer award and the H.A.V.E. Award from the American Hospital Association for Volunteer Excellence in 1991.



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