The Greensboro event planning company, Absolute Affairs, will be hosting Triad Baby Shower on June 22, to collect baby supplies and provide education to expectant mothers in need.
“This is a baby shower that will benefit single mothers and underprivileged families as they prepare for the journey of motherhood,” said Alicia Nicholson, owner of Absolute Affairs. She said she saw a need in the community and recognized the baby shower as a way to give back.
In 2001, Brigham Young University published a pediatrics study on homelessness’ impact on mothers and babies who were homeless before or during pregnancy. The study found that women who experience homelessness were less likely to take prenatal vitamins or breastfeed and had a higher likelihood of being underweight or obese prior to pregnancy.
Rickelle Richards, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food services, said that by getting women in touch with the right resources, the number of infants in neonatal intensive care units could decrease.
“If we can do this, we can make a difference for so many families,” said Richards. “And not only in regards to women experiencing homelessness – we can also help very low income families with a home-base.”
Triad Baby Shower will include speakers and information about resources for attendees regarding prenatal care and nutrition to help prepare them for their journey of motherhood.
Organizations that have partnered with Nicholson and Absolute Affairs include Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality and the Adopt-a-Mom Program, Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center, Women Wear Pants Too and Room at the Inn.
Want to volunteer or donate nonperishable baby items for the event? Contact Alicia Nicholson at 954-7255. To make a tax-deductible monetary contribution, follow the donation link on the event’s website at http://absoluteaffairs.net/#!events.