The Baker County Infant Mortality Task Force & Substance-exposed Newborn Workgroup hosted a community baby shower Sunday, September 29 during National Infant Mortality Awareness Month to provide education and awareness to families in the community.
All 23 moms who attended received a safe sleep sack and a homemade infant blanket or hat upon entry and each vendor provided many giveaways at their tables as well. The most important takeaways from the shower were information and materials for a healthy pregnancy and birth outcome, family nutrition, infant development, parenting techniques, home safety items, car seat safety, safe sleep, reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), coping with infants’ crying and many more community materials/resources.
Resources, door prizes, food and everything that made this event a successful partnership was provided by Episcopal Children’s Services – Head Start & Early Head Start, Florida Department of Health Baker County, FDOH Baker and Nassau County WIC, Hanley Foundation, Healthy Families Baker County, Meridian, THE PLAYERS CENTER for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Tiny Tots Preschool & Daycare Center, UF Child Advocacy Center/Child Protection Team, and Coalition initiatives such as Healthy Start Baker County and Azalea Prevention.
Thank you to all these organizations for doing their part in raising awareness for and preventing infant mortality across Northeast Florida!