When a baby is born prematurely, the mother is often encouraged to quickly pump breast milk in order to help the preemie avoid disease or infection. But these mothers aren't always able to pump milk right away, and they're forced to look for other options.
Enter donation-based breast milk banks, like the New York Milk Bank in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. At the New York Milk Bank, mothers who produce more milk than their own children require can donate any extra milk they have to babies who need it. The mothers are screened and their milk is pasteurized, and then the final product is distributed to area hospitals. But how do small nonprofit banks such as this one deliver their product safely and efficiently?
It's a question that the bank's executive director, Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, asked herself when the bank opened earlier this year. They needed a delivery system that would get the milk to its intended recipients — and get it to them fast, so that hospitals would never be without milk when a preemie needed it. With this need for speed in mind, Bouchet-Horwitz looked to a very unexpected group for help: an all-female biker club.
The Sirens Women's Motorcycle Club is a ladies-only group of badass bikers based in New York City. The group, which was founded in 1986, consists of about 50 super-strong women who are able to provide just the speed that the New York Milk Bank was looking for.
"We're uniquely positioned to do the job," founding member Cheryl Stewart said in a video for the New York Post. "We're on our nimble bikes that can get there faster."
The Sirens' gig as delivery personnel for the New York Milk Bank only solidifies their superwomen status, and the bank is more than thrilled about their partnership. "Boy, these are badass women, and it just seemed like such a great idea to be able to employ their services to help us," Bouchet-Horwitz told the New York Post.
For more on this amazing partnership, watch the New York Post's video below.
[h/t New York Post]