(Posted April 16, 2019)
By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer
Madison County’s Healthy Child and Family Consortium will host its spring community baby shower at 5 p.m. May 14 at the West Jefferson Community Center, 221 S. Center St.
Held each spring and fall, the consortium’s baby showers are designed to provide new mothers and expectant mothers with information on the latest safety measures for newborns.
“One of the main reasons the showers were organized was to help prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) for which Ohio is ranked as one of the worst states in the U.S.,” explained Amy Hix, one of the event’s organizer.
Information and resource booths promote safe sleep and breast feeding, two ways to help prevent SIDS. Attendees are educated on car seat safety and encouraged to have their car seats installed by certified professionals at their WIC office or fire department. Additionally, they receive information about maternal mental health to help them understand the changes they might experience as a new mom and how to seek support.
The showers feature decorated tables, finger foods, cupcakes, and diaper bags filled with necessities and more. Drawings are held for strollers, cribs and other items.
“We have been blessed with many donations from agencies and organizations,” Hix said, “and we’ve been able to give away an abundance of baby needs.”
The consortium held its first baby shower in November 2016 and has hosted two showers per year since then. Approximately 100 moms and support people have attended each of the last five showers.
The event has evolved over the years. Organizers have moved it around to different parts of the county, reaching out to all families to let them know about the resources available throughout the county.
Sponsors of the upcoming community baby shower are Buckeye Health Plan, Madison County Public Health and Krazy Glue.
The RSVP deadline is May 6. To register, call Lauren Robinson at (740) 852-3068.
Madison County’s Healthy Child and Family Consortium is made up of the following agencies and programs:
- Madison County Public Health and WIC;
- Madison County Department of Family and Children;
- Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities;
- Rocking Horse Community Health Center;
- Action for Children;
- Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark, Green and Madison Counties;
- Madison Health;
- Miami Valley Child Development Centers; and
- London Public Library.