Marram Health Center recently held a baby shower for area expecting mothers. The event, entitled Mommy to Bee, featured traditional baby shower games and gifts, while also providing valuable health information and training.
Marram outreach coordinator Nina Johnson helped put together the event. She said the outreach team identified a need to serve soon-to-be moms in the community.
“We’re not only building a relationship with these women, but we’re also a support system so they know that Marram Health is here for them,” said Johnson.
The shower was supported by members of the community and Marram staff. The Gary Literacy Coalition donated books to be used for shower gifts and Brenda’s Florist & Accessories provided decorations and corsages for the women. Other supporters included Anthem, Managed Health Services and MDwise.
Two members of the Crown Point Fire Department gave a demonstration on how to properly install and use a car seat. The women in attendance all received a free car seat to take home.
The moms-to-be also received information to use during pregnancy and after having the baby. Informational tables were available in the room for the women to browse, such as one hosted by the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program.
Nutrition education program assistant Jacqueline Boynes shared information at this table about food tips and safety, as well as a class that the program provides about healthy cooking. Boynes said she loved being able to share this important information with the expecting mothers.
“Nutrition is something I’m really passionate about,” said Boynes. “Kids with good nutrition do better in school and feel better.”
The women at the shower were able to talk, ask questions and learn more about Marram, while having fun. Attendee Pamala Sterling said she appreciates everything Marram has to offer.
“Everyone is very helpful and very friendly,” said Sterling. “They’ll look into everything to make sure you get what you need.”
Other gift contributors included Capitol City Family Education Services, Centier Bank, Geminus Community Partners, Healthy Start, Miss Indiana Role Model, Nurse Family Partnership and the Sojourner Truth House.
Marram Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center offering primary care, mental health services and dental care for the insured and uninsured in the community. For more information about Marram Health Center, visit marramhealth.org or call (219) 806-3000.