More than 170 mothers-to-be and their families attended a Community Baby Shower Dec. 1 at Christiana Care’s John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, on the Christiana Hospital campus.
The special event featured Kimberly Nelson from Parents as Teachers, who provided education about the importance of quality time between parents and children. Christiana Care’s Parent Education & Lactation team provided breastfeeding resources and education, and Christiana Care health guides provided free blood-pressure screenings. Families learned about safe sleep, developmental milestones and prenatal care at information stations staffed by community partners including Connections CSP, Child Inc., Cribs for Kids, home visiting programs and others.
More than 50 baby gifts, including car seats, pack-and-plays, booster seats and diapers, were raffled for families to take home.
The Health Ambassador Program, funded by the Delaware Division of Public Health with support from Christiana Care’s Office of Health Equity, has hosted community baby showers in Wilmington since 2012; this was the first in Newark.
Health Ambassadors help to connect pregnant women and their families with resources in the community. Health Ambassadors primarily aim to educate about safe sleep, life planning, breastfeeding and more while also acting as advocates for the communities they serve.