More than 100 women and their families came out to the second annual Magnolia Project Community Baby Shower, sponsored by State Representative Tracie Davis, to celebrate and support pregnancy and babies on September 22.
Lutheran Social Services Nourishment Network distributed bags of food. Families also had the opportunity to receive clothes for their little ones and participate in raffles and giveaways. The Magnolia Project had games centered around pregnancy and birth outcomes such as word scramble and questions.
The event took place during National Infant Mortality Awareness Month to celebrate and connect families. The Magnolia Project focuses on the health of women before, during and after pregnancy to reduce racial disparities in infant mortality.
Magnolia, an initiative of the Coalition and federal Healthy Start initiative since 1999, works to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs. The project serves Jacksonville’s urban core and includes a women’s clinic, a primary care clinic and home visiting services for women before, during and after pregnancy.
Thank you Rep. Tracie Davis for sponsoring and supporting this event for the second year in a row!
Attendees received education and resources from the following vendors:
- AGAPE Community Health Center
- Better Dads Society
- Chad E McIntyre for Jacksonville City Council
- Duval County Health Department
- Duval County WIC
- Early Learning Coalition of Duval
- FSCJ Dental Hygiene Program
- Hubbard House
- Jacksonville Public Library
- Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention
- Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and programs (Healthy Families Jacksonville, Help Me Grow Florida, MomCare and more)
- Sunshine Health
- Sulzbacher Center
- THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital
- UF Health Trauma One
- UNF Nursing
- Volunteer Nurses for Wellness
- Yoga 4 Change
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc Stork’s Nest
Click here for photos of the event.