Ishita Aggarwal, Founder, Mom’s The Word
In 2016, Ishita founded Mom’s the Word (MTW), a non-profit that hosts free prenatal workshops for homeless and low-income pregnant women to fight health illiteracy, maternal poverty, and infant morbidity. Working with a network of volunteers, healthcare professionals, and community partners, MTW has hosted over 65 community workshops, teaching more than 800 impoverished women how to have a healthy pregnancy. In 2019, the program took big strides to expand its reach. In January, Ishita digitized the MTW workshops — creating an online, evidence-based prenatal module that has been completed by over 2,100 women. They also launched KitCare, a service which delivers the world’s first “Maternal Health Self-Aid Kit”(composed of prenatal vitamins, maternity wear, plus prenatal and mental health guides in pictorial form) to low socio-economic status pregnant women globally. To date, 405 kits have been distributed in Brazil, India, and South Africa.