Local Hospital Throws Baby Shower for Expecting Mothers
9/20/2017, noon | Updated on 9/20/2017, noon
Hospital Throws Baby Shower For Expecting Mothers
By Christopher Shuttlesworth
St. Bernard Hospital recently hosted its second annual Community Baby Shower for 90 expecting mothers in Englewood.
Evelyn Jones, R.N., vice president of Nursing Services at St. Bernard, said the baby shower was a chance to show support
for the mothers-to-be by educating them about issues new moms face as well as by giving gifts.
The idea of a community baby shower arose after hospital staff learned the majority of expecting moms in the area either weren’t planning baby showers or never had them.
Last year, hospital staff, including nurse practitioners, medical assistants and receptionists asked for permission to host the shower.
This year, directors from various departments purchased gifts like strollers, car seats and diaper bags, among other gifts. Staff also told expecting mothers how to care for their infants, covering key points like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation, children’s oral health, immunization, pediatric asthma and car seat safety.
“Anything a mom would need to take care of a baby, we gave it to them,” Jones said. “We also didn’t just give gifts, but an education on how to take care of the baby. We had speakers that discussed the importance of breast feeding and safe sleep,”
Jones said she understands the need to continue to help expecting mothers in Englewood because she was once in that
“I’m from Englewood and I was one of those few moms who at one time didn’t get a lot of support.” She said giving back is
important and let’s expecting mothers know, “that we are not just here as a hospital.”
Located in the heart of Englewood at 326 W 64th St., St. Bernard Hospital is the last remaining hospital of four serving 80,000 patients for over 100 years. For more information, visit https://www. stbh.org/.