Ronald McDonald House Charities®
With nearly 40% of the families served by RMHC® caring for babies in the NICU, Medela works with local Houses to support those mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies. In an effort to provide greater ease and comfort to RMHC families, while reducing the stress of having a baby in the NICU, Medela provides moms with the same high-quality equipment they use at the hospital for their stay at a Ronald McDonald House® and give families caring for a baby in the NICU one less thing to worry about.
To date, Medela has provided more than 200 hospital-grade, multi-user breast pumps to Ronald McDonald Houses across the country.
In the U.S., Medela believes in the March of Dimes mission to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.
To support March of Dimes and their efforts, Medela employees annually participate in the March for Babies walks, raising more than $43,000 in 2017 to benefit March of Dimes' research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects. Since 2004, Medela has raised more than $148,000 for the March for Babies program.
To support new mothers on their breastfeeding journey, Medela has partnered with GOOD+ Foundation and Nurse Family Partnership to provide support for at-risk expectant and new mothers with a focus on providing support and building necessary skills for successfully staying in the workforce as a new mother.
Medela has provided breast pumps and bilingual education to benefit low-income mothers and children across the country to adequately prepare for a new baby. Since 2010, Medela and its sister brands have supported GOOD+ Foundation with financial and product donations totaling more than $1.7 million.
While Medela promotes breastfeeding as the most natural and sustainable way to support the environment - in addition to enhancing mother and baby health - Medela is also committed to protecting the environment and reducing solid waste.
A fundamental part of Medela's commitment to the environment includes participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) innovative WasteWise program, the country's first national voluntary solid waste reduction program. WasteWise encourages organizations to reduce municipal solid waste through waste prevention, recycling and buying or manufacturing recycled products. WasteWise partners have saved thousands, even millions, of dollars in purchasing costs and waste disposal fees by reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste materials.
As a WasteWise member since 2009, Medela has established new waste prevention activities and expanded and improved its current recycling efforts. The programs initiated as part of participation in WasteWise will build on the successes of Medela's established waste prevention and recycling efforts.
In 2015, Medela launched Medela Recycles, a breast pump recycling program that supports our commitment to the environment. Easy and environmentally friendly, Medela Recycles can help moms who are ready to part with their pump. Learn more about Medela Recycles