Free baby shower for Gulf and Franklin counties

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

To keep things light, information will be delivered through activities and games, and a series of door prizes will be given away throughout the presentations. The grand prize winner will be awarded a $200 gift certificate to Walmart.

“Sometimes people are scared to death when they come to the baby shower,” said Owens. “It’s neat to see new moms realize that there’s so much support.”

In addition to passing along information and resources to new parents, Owens emphasized the importance of building a network of supportive and knowledgeable people.

“You have to get a driver’s license to drive a car, but there’s not a test to have a baby,” she said.

Healthy Start gives guidance to anyone with a baby up to three years of age. There are no eligibility requirements and new parents can call 800-895-9506 with questions. The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions has 32 branches across the state all working to improve pregnancy outcomes, reduce infant mortality rates and promote healthy growth and development in all children.

Healthy Start’s fifth Gulf County baby shower will take place at the Centennial Building from 4 p.m. – 6 ET. The shower is a free community-wide event.

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