The Share MayFlowers mission is to educate women and spark conversation about health issues that fall largely off the radar in the United States—common, yet treatable conditions such as pregnancy or childbirth-related pain or injury, and bladder and bowel problems.
The Share MayFlowers campaign was conceptualized and founded by Jessica McKinney, PT, MS, co-founder and Director of The Center for Women’s Health at Marathon Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, LLC and Executive Director of Women’s Action Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to perinatal physical wellness, which will be adopting Share MayFlowers as its flagship project. In her clinical role she provides women multidisciplinary care for pelvic floor dysfunction, perinatal education and rehabilitation, mental health education and physical wellness. Seeing their struggles (and successes!) on a daily basis has inspired her to bring these issues to the forefront of national conversations about women’s health.
In addition to her career in physical therapy, Jessica has long been involved in women’s health promotion through various activities and international service projects. Since 2009 she has been a partner with the hospital HEAL Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo) in the development of skills and resources for providing pelvic floor rehabilitation to women recovering from obstetric and/or traumatic fistula. She regularly speaks to healthcare providers, graduate students, and the community on matters regarding pelvic floor and obstetric physical therapy and women’s health matters and has worked with physical therapy students at Boston University on several women’s health related projects since 2006. Jessica is a candidate in the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DSc) program at Andrews University and is author of the chapter “Physical Therapy and Pelvic Pain” in the textbook, Pain in Women (2012, Springer Publishing). She has been an active board member of the Women’s ACTION Initiative (WAI) since 2010, and became WAI’s Executive Director in January 2012. She is a mother of three children, ages 10, 7, and 4.