It has become quite a well known fact: 1 in 3 mothers experience diaper need in the U.S, yet there is still very little done to reduce this statistic. In fact, A recent study performed by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) showed that several mothers will turn to family and friends for assistance with diaper need. Sadly almost 50 percent of mothers don’t have that kind of help or are embarrassed or ashamed to ask for it. They will resort to leaving the child without a diaper, keeping diapers on longer than is healthy, or even cleaning or reusing soiled diapers.
Diaper need has several consequences, including negative health effects on the baby: dirty diapers that are left on too long or that are reused can result in urinary infections, rashes, and all around discomfort for the baby.
While diaper banks and drives help alleviate this need somewhat, they rely heavily, if not solely, on donations. Without sufficient funding, many of these banks are unable to meet the high demand, especially during the pandemic. That being said, here are some resources for those that are in need of diapers.
- https://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/member-directory/ (This link provides a full list of diaper banks in each of the fifty states.)
Without the ability to provide a basic need for their child, many mothers begin to feel like unfit parents and eventually become depressed. Diaper need has been found to be a leading cause for postpartum depression for low-income and struggling mothers. Here are some sites and helplines that mothers can rely on for assistance during such a difficult time.
Postpartum depression resources:
If you are looking to get help or get involved in lowering the diaper need, here are some ways/sites.
Where/How can we help:
- By helping to alleviate diaper need in the U.S. with our one-for-one matching program, you are helping to reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
- Founded in 2001, Good+Foundation is a leading national nonprofit that works to dismantle multi-generational poverty by pairing tangible goods with innovative services for low-income fathers, mothers and caregivers, creating an upward trajectory for the whole family. This is the premise on which we build Believe Diapers, which is why we couldn’t think of a better partner.