The University of Florida Health “Little Miracles” 19th annual community baby shower was held last weekend inside the UF Health Resource Learning Center. Dozens of mothers, families, doctors, nurses and local non-profit organizations 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 the month.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter Storks Nest helped to organize the tri-annual event. The 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 200 women.
The event has been 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.
Shown are Stork’s Nest Beta Alpha Zeta members Renita Denny, Courtney Mason, attendee pregnant soror Stephanie Niday and Lorraine Lee.