Celebrate One shows support for families on the westside

Approximately 200 moms-to-be and new parents attended CelebrateOne’s community baby shower on April 29 at the Westgate Community Center.

Expectant and new mothers had access to vital health care information, as well as childcare resources. Registered attendees also received a complimentary diaper bag with essential baby items, lotion, pacifiers and books. Some families were the winners of raffle prizes, such as strollers and swings.

“Promoting infant, child and maternal health is vital to our mission to reduce infant mortality,” said Robin Davis, interim executive director, CelebrateOne. “We are excited to provide expectant mothers and their families with the tools they need to make healthy choices throughout their pregnancy journey and through their babies’ first year.”

In addition to connecting families with resources and information, participants were able to attend a 30-minute training session on the ABCs of safe sleep. In 2022, 30 babies died from sleep-related deaths which are completely preventable if babies always sleep alone, on their backs and in their cribs, every nap and every night.

CelebrateOne is hosting three more community baby showers this year:

• Thursday, June 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus

• Saturday, July 22, 1 to 3 p.m. at Scioto Southland Community Center, 3901 Parsons Ave., Columbus

• Sunday, Aug. 27, 1 to 3 p.m. at Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3650 Sunbury Road in Columbus

Since 2014, CelebrateOne has been supporting pregnant women and families with babies under the age of 1 with a mission to get more babies to their first birthdays.

To learn more, visit columbus.gov/celebrate-one.

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