Newborns in Gulf County get a healthy start

Healthy Start

More than 20 vendors were on-site to provide important information to new and expectant mothers.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

The Healthy Start Coalition for Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties held its annual Baby Shower event to provide new and expectant parents with information to promote positive birth outcomes set them up for success.

In attendance were 67 expectant and new mothers who gathered information on topics of interest which included car seat safety, safe sleeping, substance abuse, parenting and childbirth, breastfeeding and the dangers of shaking an infant.

“It can happen so easily,” said Healthy Start Director, Sharon Owens, “you don’t even realize it.”

During Thursday’s festivities at the Centennial Building, hosted by Healthy Start Coalition Program Coordinator Kelly Byrns-Davis, many door prizes were given out during the event and staying in line with the baby shower theme, several fun games were played including a take on The Price Is Right where contestants attempted to guess the value of a baby-related item.

The mother who wagered the closest guess took the item home. New and soon-to-be fathers weren’t left out and participated in diaper-changing games.

Sarah Hinds, Health Education Program Manager for the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County attended the baby shower as both a supporter and as an expectant mother. She praised the event for connecting new mothers with resources dedicated to helping them succeed with their children.

“As anew mom-to-be, I spend hours researching healthy tips and reading ‘expert’ opinions,” said Hinds. “It can feel overwhelming when recommendations from materials are contradicted.”

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