The Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) was founded in 1980 to improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and parenting families and enhance school readiness for children three and under. A thought-leading organization in the field of maternal-child health, the MCC offers a variety of services and programs for these populations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, with a focus on the most vulnerable neighborhoods. In 2019, the organization received a Center Project grant to produce Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births.
The Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) produces a multi-site exhibition, catalogue, and series of public programs that investigate 100 designs that have defined the material culture and experience of maternity over the last 100 years. The project examines how bodies influence design—from fashion fixations to pain relief—and how design influences bodies. The work explores historical and contemporary conversations around reproduction, maternity, and childbirth across communities and cultures, and it offers programs in which audiences can share their own stories. The project is curated by Michelle Millar Fisher, who is the Ronald and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Amber Winick, an independent design historian and curator. The MCC’s collaborating venues were the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture + Design. Following its premiere presentations, the exhibition has traveled to other US venues.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.