Taking place during month of November
BIG RAPIDS — As expecting parents prepare for parenthood, the Mecosta-Osceola Breastfeeding Coalition prepares to host its Community Baby Shower this November.
“(This is) to celebrate and connect with families to ensure they have the resources, supports, and services to improve the health and well-being of parents and their babies,” said Jessica Wimmer, Great Start Collaborative Coordinator and Breastfeeding Coalition Facilitator. “Mecosta/Osceola County has a lot to offer families. Our goal is to connect families with helpful family supports.”
Typically a reoccurring event, Wimmer said due to COVID-19, this year’s baby shower will take place virtually throughout the entire month of November.
The event is open to all parents — moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents, etc. — who are pregnant or the primary caregiver for a child under the age of 12 months.
During the shower, moms and caregivers will receive a gift for participating. Items are based on availability and include diapers, wipes, lanolin samples, diaper cream, outlet covers, mirrors for tummy time, personal care items for moms and self-care items for moms. Car seats will be available to the first 100 registrations.
“The goal is to promote resources and supports that are available to parents in Mecosta/Osceola County,” Wimmer said. “Parents will receive safe sleep info, car seat safety, breastfeeding supports and more.
“In addition to the baby shower gift, each parent will also receive a free library card from the library of their choice and a Talking Is Teaching bag with hopes to increase parents talking, reading, and singing with their child(ren).”
Following the CDC recommendations during this month-long event, the coalition is looking for volunteers to deliver the gifts via porch drops. Anyone interested in delivering can contact Jesi at 231-592-9605 ext. 2040 or by email at [email protected]
There will also be a live opportunity where participants will be able to watch and interact with the keynote speaker who will share critical information on postpartum depression, along with a number of recorded sessions on a variety of topics from local resources and supports to networking opportunities.
“Parenting is hard. Most parents do the best they can,” Wimmer said. “When parents know better, they tend to do better. We are doing our best to increase child development awareness so parents can be confident that they are making the best decision possible and are connected to the supports and resources needed.”
The Virtual Community Baby Shower will be held online, facebook.com/events/625226871511314, and can be found by liking “mogreatstart” on Facebook and clicking on the events page.
Agencies and Businesses Collaborating in the baby shower include: DHD No. 10, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency, Life Resources, Central Michigan District Health Department, Area Public Libraries, and the Mecosta-Osceola Great Start Community Collaborative Partners.
Community Baby Shower
• Who’s invited: Parents currently pregnant or with a baby 0-12 months old living in Mecosta, Osceola County (First 100 families)
• Date: Parents will be contacted to set-up a pick-up/delivery time. Deliveries will occur after Nov. 1.
• Location (virtual): http://ow.ly/Engf50BPv5x (an email will be sent with links)
• Purpose: To celebrate and connect families, improve the health and well-being of parents, address medical, behavioral, and cultural and services needed.
• Register: http://ow.ly/INEV50BPv5z