"New Parents Network" inspired by personal experience
by Karen Storek
I was so profoundly moved by my pregnancies that I created the first of its kind network to gather local and national resources all in one place, using multimedia and multilingual tools to express simple parenting messages.
New Parents Network was founded in 1988, initially its form was a packet of information given to maternity patients, then it evolved in 1991 to the nation's first computer bulletin board system, using telecommunications to gather and distribute parenting information prior to the Internet becoming accessible to the public. www.npn.org has had a presence on the web since 1994, but in 1995 we set up touch screen kiosks in low income clinics to reach that population.
Currently, New Parents Network's web site is reaching up to 4,000 page views an hour and is used by both Internet users as well as health care and social service providers.
I love my work and envision a global network reflecting different cultural needs and utilizing technology in unique ways to reach anyone that needs important parenting information.