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MOTHERS MILK BANK AT AUSTIN

Saving the Lives of Vulnerable Babies Everywhere

aka MMBA   |   Austin, TX   |  www.milkbank.org

Mission

The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin saves babies' lives by providing prescribed, pasteurized donor human milk primarily to premature and medically-fragile infants who otherwise would not survive.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Mrs. Kim Updegrove

Main address

5925 Dillard Circle

Austin, TX 78752 USA

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EIN

74-2883760

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

During the nine months of pregnancy, babies' bodies are developing to allow them to survive and thrive once they are born. When a baby is born too soon, their development is incomplete, and they face a greater risk of developing life-threatening diseases or death. Research shows human milk is crucial to the survival of babies born too soon, too small, or too sick, and it's the reason the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin was founded--to provide safe donor human milk for babies in need.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin Charitable Care Program

Our Charitable Care Program ensures life-saving donor human milk is provided to ALL infants with a medical need, regardless of insurance coverage or a family's ability to pay. Recently expanded, the program also supports the provision of donor human milk to infants whose mothers were breastfeeding but were traumatically separated, e.g. mother has suffered an injury or sudden tragic illness that does not allow for the continuation of breastfeeding.

MMBA is one of only a small handful of milk banks in North America to offer a Charitable Care Program--granting nearly $300,000 worth of care in 2020 alone. The Program is funded solely by our generous individual, corporate, and foundation supporters, with every dollar received dedicated to supporting our mission to save babies' lives.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin Research Program is the only one of its kind and well-respected throughout the world.

MMBA was the first in the nation to identify a method for evaluating the fat, protein, and carbohydrate content of milk from different donors, and for creating a method for standardizing pools of milk to meet the nutritional needs of different babies.

Today, MMBA is researching methods for creating a new milk product perfect for the tiniest of babies--those weighing two pounds or less and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health outcomes improved

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Human milk is especially important for premature or sick babies, who are 1,000% more likely to develop devastating intestinal infections if they are fed formula instead of human milk.

Neonatologists are most concerned about preventing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a disease that attacks the intestinal tract, damaging or destroying it, and requires surgery to repair or remove the intestines.

Emergency surgery on a preterm infant is difficult and dangerous. Mother's milk makes a huge difference in how well these little babies do after birth because it vastly reduces the incidence of NEC, and it helps to repair the intestines should they become infected. Human milk fights infection while providing ideal nutrition. Consider:

>>10-17% of preterm infants fed formula acquire NEC*

>>1.5% of preterm infants fed human milk acquire NEC*

*Of those babies who acquire NEC, many die or develop lifelong complications of the illness

The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin collects, pasteurizes, and dispenses donor human milk to infants with a medical need.

We follows strict guidelines established by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America to ensure the safety of donor human milk. Potential milk donors complete a health form and blood tests, similar to the screening process used at blood banks, and undergo a medical review by a health care professional before being approved. Donated milk is then pooled and pasteurized to kill any bacteria or viruses. Before the pasteurized milk is dispensed, bacteriological testing is done to ensure its safety.

Since the milk bank's official opening in 1999, we have experienced much growth and success, dispensing over 5 million ounces of pasteurized donor human milk. Thanks to the dedication of our ever-growing numbers of milk donors, volunteers, supporters, and staff, this year the Mothers' Milk Bank celebrated its 19th anniversary of providing milk to preterm and medically fragile babies in Texas and across the U.S.

In July 2017, MMBA moved into a new facility where we intend to double our milk production within the first two years of occupancy, bring a new lifesaving milk product to market, and launch a new education program that provides free parenting and lactation classes for the community.

The establishment of the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin led to a significant reduction in the incidence of NEC in the Austin area. Over the years we have expanded our services to meet the growing demand for donor human milk and save the lives of thousands of tiny infants.

Approximately half of the needs for donor human milk are being met through milk banks. We intend to grow and serve as many babies as possible and will not stop until every baby with a medical need has access to and receives the milk they need in order to survive.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MOTHERS MILK BANK AT AUSTIN

Board of directors
as of 12/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sarah Cantwell

Julia Weatherby

Carolyn Kenny

Deloitte Consulting

John Thornborrow

Vitesse Capital Partners

Michael Crowe

Husch Blackwell, LLP

Jennifer Goetz

Mednax, Inc.

Nan Kinzler

Small House Productions

Jana Sharpe-Sanders

Veronica Cogwin

Amanda Koellhoffer

Karen Swenson

Women Partners in Health

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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