The Fourth of July commemorates the birth of the United States as a separate nation in 1776.
Since then, the country has seen 45 presidents take the oath of office—and commemorated another special holiday, Mother's Day, 103 times over. And all of this wouldn't have been possible without continuous advances in healthcare, especially for expectant and new moms.
That's why we're taking a look at the various ways Johnson & Johnson has done its part, since its founding in 1886, to help generations of mothers and their babies live healthier lives—around the world.
The company had actually pioneered an earlier version of disposable diapers in 1904, but that product—Lister's Sanitary Diapers—was off the market by 1911, and the Chux design more closely resembled modern diapers sold today.
The lotion, which was designed to prevent diaper and heat rash, was ahead of its time, thanks to its antiseptic qualities that helped heal skin.
Today, the company also works with the Fistula Foundation, and thanks to a 2013 commitment to provide sutures to any fistula surgeons in need—in collaboration with partners like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—it's helping more women with fistula than ever before.
The program, which continues to this day, has reached 90% of labor and delivery facilities nationwide—and helped save 150,000 newborn lives over the past 10 years.
The program—a partnership between Johnson & Johnson, Armman, Dasra, BabyCenter, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) and numerous local health facilities and community organizations—aims to reach up to 1 million new and expectant mothers in low-income urban communities across India.
In the U.S., new moms and dads can already take eight additional weeks of paid parental leave as part of the company's current leave policies, so women who've given birth may now take up to 17 weeks off from work without missing a paycheck.