Stork’s Nest Baby Shower & Open House

Union Community Health Center along with the Zeta Phil Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Marches of Dimes Foundation will host the Stork’s Nest baby shower and workshop series on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union Community Health Center’s second floor Sage Multipurpose Room at 260 E. 188th Street.

Since 2010, Union Community Health Center has united with the Stork’s Nest program 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.

Developed with the aspirations to encourage prenatal care participation and boost healthy behaviors during pregnancy via two components: incentives and education; the Stork’s Nest program is free-of- charge and meets twice weekly in the evenings.

The Stork’s Nest is an incentive-based, bilingual (English/Spanish) prenatal health promotion program for low-income pregnant women that encourages women to keep prenatal care appointments and participate in prenatal education classes. Getting early and regular prenatal care and learning about healthy pregnancy choices are significant contributors to helping women have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

Stork’s Nest participants earn incentive points by keeping prenatal care appointments, attending Stork’s Nest prenatal education sessions and participating in other activities that promote healthy pregnancy behaviors. Some activities, like getting prenatal care, are worth more points as they are the most important in a woman’s pregnancy. Participants use these incentive points to “buy” maternity and baby items, such as: clothes, diapers, car seats- from the Stork’s Nest.

Attendees commit to become program participants and earn incentives such as maternity or baby care items via points accrued during every workshop visit.

Great successes achieved bi-annual through 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.

Zeta Phil Beta Sorority, Inc. and Union Community Health Center welcome support through referrals of expecting mothers in the Bronx and Westchester.

For more information or to confirm participation/attendance, contact Serena Muniz at (718) 960-3206, (917) 402-0683 or serena.muniz@gmail.com.

Union Community Health Center (Union) is a not-for- profit Federally Qualified Health Center providing approximately 180,000 visits each year to approximately 40,000 individual patients at its six locations in the Bronx.

Union’s mission is to provide comprehensive, culturally competent primary and preventive health care services to improve the health and decrease health disparities of the medically underserved populations in the Bronx, providing services to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or the ability to pay.

To learn more about Union Community Health Center, visit www.uchcbronx.org

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