Jackson County Healthy Start’s “Baby Love” Community Baby Shower
Apr 25th, 2021 @ 1:12pm CDT
Source: Healthy Start Staff
Jackson County Healthy Start hosted their first annual community baby shower, affectionately known as “Baby Love”. The lobby of the Rivertown Community Church in Marianna, Florida was filled with bouncing tummies, smiling babies and heart-shaped balloons! Over 100 new and expecting mothers and their support partners mingled with one another. Their little ones enjoyed supervised play in the bounce house while they took the opportunity to learn about different resources that are available in Jackson County. As the mothers registered, they were welcomed by Chipola College’s nursing student volunteers and received a gift bag that included diapers, wipes, post-partum care items and education about SIDS, breastfeeding and pre-eclampsia. Among the twenty plus vendors were Jackson County Department of Health’s WIC and Family Planning, Gulf Coast Sexual Assault, Florida Department of Health’s PRAMS program, Jackson Hospital’s Maternity Nurses, Chipola Surgical Medical Specialties OBGYN staff, and Play Big. The Marianna Firefighters also took the time to provide education about fire safety with the approaching wild fire and fireworks season. The Pancare medical and dental buses were conveniently parked in the front of the RCC building and provided over twenty dental and medical services free of charge to everyone at the event.
Since this was a great milestone for JCHS, they wanted to add something special to put the spotlight on past JCHS participants who were going above and beyond in meeting their goals. Two local, female entrepreneurs had the opportunity to display their own work from their businesses. The founder of Glam Hair and Lash Bar and the Owner/Lead Cosmetologist of Snazzie’s Salon shared their passions with the mothers who stopped by their booths. They provided inspiration for other participants in JCHS who hope to one day become business owners themselves.
When participants weren’t enjoying the delicious food provided by RCC, they were gathered around in the lobby, patiently waiting to see if their ticket was chosen for one of the wonderful door prizes collected that day. There was a large variety of door prizes up for grabs, ranging from beautiful items for mom and baby from local boutiques including Orchard House, Luca and Bon Bon, Graco car seat and stroller traveling systems, bassinets, bouncers, free hair styles and cuts from The Cut Barber Shop and Snazzie’s Salon, over 50 free yoga and other fitness classes with memberships to FitScript, numerous gift baskets from local agencies, hand-crafted wooden growth charts, kids cookbooks, free oil changes compliments of Marianna Tires, gift certificates for yummy treats from Milk and Honey, Sonny’s Real Pit Restaurant, Gary’s BBQ Restaurant and gift cards courtesy of Sam’s Club and Marianna Walmart. No mother left empty handed!
Overall, JCHS definitely felt the “Baby Love” from the community during their first community baby shower. Thanks to the amazing staff at the RCC, Chipola Healthy Start Coalition and local agencies, the JCHS first annual community baby shower was beyond what they imagined. Jackson County Healthy Start believes that all parents left the event with a little more knowledge about being the best parents that they can be and some extra security in knowing that they don’t have to do it all by themselves!