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Free community baby shower Wednesday at LCCC

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ELYRIA — Is it strained prunes or pureed spinach?

Don’t worry. At this baby shower, you won’t have to guess.

The Lorain County Maternal Child Health Consortium is hosting a baby shower for all new moms and moms to be.The free event is open to all moms of babies 12 months and younger, and offers chances to win baby gear and prizes, talk to baby safety experts and enjoy snacks and refreshments.

All without having to diaper a baby doll while blindfolded.

WHAT: Community Baby Shower
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26
WHERE: Lorain County Community College, Spitzer Conference Center, 189 Innovation Drive, Elyria
COST: Free
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Lorain County Public Health at (440) 322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com
First held two years ago, the countywide Community Baby Shower attracted more than 600 new moms.

Organizers took a year off to assess how best to meet the needs of parents and babies, and are back this year with an even better event.

“This is an opportunity for all pregnant women and all new parents to come out and have access to local resources that are vital to all pregnant women and new moms,” said Katie Bevan, program manager for Lorain County Public Health.

“Resources, knowledge and support set them up for a healthy start. We know that when pregnant women have access to healthcare and social supports early on and through the first birthday that the family unit has a greater opportunity for health success.”

Moms can choose from one of two time frames to attend — 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Each session will have experts on breastfeeding, car seat safety, safe sleep practices, vaccines, lead poisoning and other important issues.

Agencies from around the county will be on hand to answer questions and offer resources.

“ For instance, if someone is in need of safe housing options or stable employment options, there will be resources for that,” Bevan said. “Any opportunity to set a new mom or expecting woman up for success will be available.”

Organizers are hoping to reach the same number of mothers as the event did in 2017, or more, this year. “Any time we’re able to impact and connect to a large number of people, it’s a success,” Bevan said. “It would be great to have 600 new parents again, but if we’re able to reach 200 parents in one day, that’s a real success as well.”

The family friendly event is open to moms and their support systems.

“We had lots of families and children, moms and partners who joined the women at the event last time,” Bevan added. “In order to be a successful family, women have to have the health and safety each of us deserves. Sometimes that support comes from family and friends, and sometimes it comes from local agencies. The important part is a healthy and safe family.”

For more information, visit www.LorainCountyHealth.com or call (440) 322-6367
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