UF Shands “Little Miracles” 16th annual community baby shower was held Saturday, April 2nd in the Shands Resource Learning Center. Hundreds of mothers, families, doctors, nurses and local non-profit organization were on hand to provide pre-natal information, pamphlets and after birth next steps aspects of pregnancy. The UF Health Little Miracles Baby Shower takes place three times a year on the first Saturday of April, August and December. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter Storks Nest is always eager to participate. Organizer Donna Ghanayem proclaimed, “The baby shower is open to all pregnant women and for many of these women it may be their only baby shower and therefore Little Miracles strive to make it a wonderful experience.” The UF Health Little Miracles Baby Shower also provided giveaways and introduced speakers who presented information on numerous topics from breastfeeding to nutrition in pregnancy, safe sleep and more! The Baby shower concluded with a drawing for up to 100 items, such as car seats, bassinets strollers, diapers and car seats. The baby shower is generally attended by anywhere from 150 to 400 women.
A cooperative project of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the March of Dimes Foundation, for more than forty years, Stork’s Nest aims to increase the number of women receiving early and regular prenatal care in an effort to prevent cases of low birth-weight, premature births and infant deaths. The Storks Nest program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and encourage healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components-incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients “earn” points toward incentives such as maternity or baby care items though a variety of positive, health-promoting activities: attending prenatal visits, participating in prenatal education classes, stopping at-risk behaviors such as smoking cigarettes and consuming alcoholic beverages, reducing stress, etc.