Free baby shower for Gulf and Franklin counties

Healthy Start

New and expectant mothers will have the opportunity for a host of gifts and information during the Health Start Coalition Baby Shower.

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Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM.

On May 23 the Healthy Start Coalition for Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties will host its annual baby shower in Port St. Joe.

The event aims to educate and be a resource for new parents.

Though the focus of the event is on delivering parenting information to new or expectant mothers with a baby six months or younger, caregivers, fathers and new moms from other counties are welcome to attend.

Healthy Start’s mission is to educate new parents and promote positive birth outcomes and protect the health and well-being of all mothers and children in the surrounding area.

“It’s essentially a bridal expo for new parents,” said Director Sharon Owens, who’s been involved with Healthy Start for the past eight years.

With a reputation for keeping its baby showers fun, informative and engaging, Healthy Start’s annual events draw 50 to 100 attendees but the coalition is always looking to increase their numbers to ensure that all babies in the region get off to a safe and healthy start.

Car seat safety, safe sleeping, and available community resources are just a few of the topics covered during the two-hour seminar. Information booths will also be on-site to pass along flyers for pediatric physicians, dentists, and other infant services.

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