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Stork’s Nest Tallahassee, Inc.

Stork’s Nest is an incentive-based, prenatal health promotion program for low-income pregnant women. A partnership of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the March of Dimes, Stork’s Nest encourages women to make and keep prenatal care appointments and participate in prenatal education classes. Getting early and regular prenatal care and learning about healthy pregnancy choices are significant contributors to helping women have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

The first Stork’s Nest Project was launched in Atlanta, Ga., in 1971. It was one of many educational and service projects of Better Infant Birth (BIB), a highly successful program sponsored by the Fulton-DeKalb-Clayton Chapter of the National Foundation of the March of Dimes, which actually enlisted the services of 12 member organizations including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Stork’s Nest has since become a national project of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., in conjunction with the National Foundation of the March of Dimes.

Stork’s Nest Tallahassee, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter, in partnership with the March of Dimes Foundation and in association with the Leon County School District. The Nest is a distribution center where expectant mothers, referred by cooperating medical personnel, can get needed maternity and infant clothing at no cost.  Additionally, prenatal training classes are routinely held for expectant mothers at the Stork’s Nest Building located on the campus of the R.N. Gooden and Nancy Russell Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

For more information about Stork’s Nest Tallahassee, Inc., e-mail us at Contact us if you are interested in making a referral to Stork’s Nest or donating items for the layettes.

How can I help?

We are in need of and accept donations for the Stork’s Nests on an ongoing basis. We are currently in need of new and gently used baby items. For more information, or to make a donation, please e-mail us at or click the link below to make a monetary donation. Thank you in advance for your support!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Stork’s Nest?

Stork’s Nest seeks to increase the number of healthy births by increasing the number of low-income women getting adequate medical care and social services during pregnancy. It does this by providing:

  • Incentives (maternity and baby items) for pregnant women who get early and regular prenatal care
  • Prenatal education sessions for pregnant women and their partners to help them make informed decisions about prenatal health and baby care
  • Information about community resources that meet the physical and emotional needs of mothers and their families

How does the Stork’s Nest operate?

Expectant mothers who are receiving prenatal care in health care facilities will be clients. Clients must be referred by prenatal care health care professionals and community and social service groups and must present a Stork’s Nest Referral Form, which is non-transferable. The person completing the referral must indicate, by checking the appropriate space on the form, whether the customer needs a standard packet or if specific items are needed. Referrals will be processed weekly on Saturdays. Emergency referrals should be called in and will be processed immediately on a case-by-case basis. The Stork’s Nest staff will contact the referral source and/ or customer to arrange for pickup and/or delivery.

What is the layette incentive program?

Very often, pregnant teenagers and low-income women do not have the means to purchase layettes for their infants or maternity clothes for themselves. When this factor is combined with the fact that these high risks mothers-to-be are also less likely to obtain prenatal care, the sponsoring of a layette incentive program becomes a very meaningful activity.

What constitutes a standard layette?

  • Disposable diapers
  • Undershirts/onesies
  • Sleeper gowns
  • Bottles/nipples
  • Booties/socks
  • Outer garments
  • Baby wipes
  • Wash cloths
  • Receiving blankets
  • Towels

Upcoming Programs

We will begin our Spring 2015 Stork’s Nest Classes soon! If you have been referred by one of our partners, please print and fill out the form below and bring to your appointment. Please bring this form (signed and completed) with you to the Stork’s Nest appointment. You will not be able to register without a referral from your prenatal care provider.

Stork’s Nest Referral Form

Stork’s Nest Brochure

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About AYZ

Seven adventuresome women founded Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter in Tallahassee in February 1942. Eager to share the tenants of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Service, Scholarship, Sisterly love, and Finer Womanhood the Tallahassee Zeta’s began to search for women they could embrace as sisters in the newly organized Chapter.

Contact AYZ

P.O. Box 10668 Tallahassee, FL 32302 Web:
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