Mothers to be, new mommies and seasoned vets with multiple children all made their way to the Jackson County Agriculture center Friday afternoon for a Community Baby Shower. This is the first ever Healthy Start Community Baby Shower. While its held in Jackson County, mothers from, Liberty, Holmes, Washington and Calhoun counties all made their way to day dedicated to baby and mom health. The goal is to reduce infant mortality rates and have the healthiest moms and babies in our area. Over forty vendors were at there, giving away freebies but more importantly, valuable information on health and child care.
Every person in attendance received a bag of diapers and 38 door prizes and diaper cakes were given to mothers and moms to be. In the five counties, smoking and sleeping deaths are the most prevalent issues the event hopes to lower. One mother from Alford, Tere Morrissseau, is glad the event is here to help new and experienced mothers, "Each health department is here and it’s awesome. Who we educate today will be able to educate those for tomorrow." Another mother, Crystal Manbeck, had a baby just a week before coming to the event. Manbeck has another child and the new information is helpful through this time of joy and transition, "Its been 10 years since I’ve had a baby. So looking at the new things that are out and seeing what has changed is great for me and my baby."
The event was expected to bring in 200 people. Friday that number was far exceeded and Healthy Start is already planning next year’s baby shower.