State budget cuts threaten Mother Baby Center

The Bellingham Business Journal

State budget cuts are threatening  Mother Baby Center (MBC), a local nonprofit that provides in-home services to newborns and their mothers in Whatcom County.

In July, Washington state budget cuts forced a reduction in funding for maternity support services, resulting in dramatic cuts to  Mother Baby Center’s budget this year, which includes a temporary suspension of home-based services starting Dec. 25.

Tracy Pippard, president of the MBC board of directors, said this latest reduction in funding from the state came at a time when the organization had finally achieved a balanced budget, reduced its debt load and looked with optimism to the future.

“We are asking for your support again as we weather this latest crisis and seek new alternatives to state funding. No donation is too small to make a difference,” Pippard said. “You or someone you know has likely experienced the peace of mind that comes with a visit from an experienced, reassuring  Mother Baby Center professional during pregnancy and those first few months at home.”

In 2008,  Mother Baby Center provided services for more than one-third of all pregnancies in Whatcom County.

One and a half years ago, Mother Baby Center experienced a budget shortfall and asked the public for help and support. The public of Whatcom County responded and raised $60,000 in three months in an effort to help MBC  continue services.

Mother Baby Center is committed to supporting Whatcom County’s new mothers and their babies in the years ahead. Tax-deductible contributions may be made by sending a check to: Mother Baby Center, 4120 Meridian St. #240, Bellingham 98226, or donating online at www.motherbabycenter.org.

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