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Published on Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Metro Health Hosts Community Baby Shower for Expecting Moms On the Eastside

Community gathering designed to connect pregnant women with community resources and facilitate early access to prenatal care

CONTACT: Michelle Vigil, (210) 207-8172
michelle.vigil@sanantonio.gov 

 

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 3, 2019) – San Antonio Healthy Start (SAHS), A program of Metro Health, held a community baby shower for expecting mom today  at Copernicus Community Center in the Eastside of San Antonio.

 

This Community Baby Shower featured community resources for pregnant women and their families, including Metro Health’s SA Kids Breathe, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and STD/HIV screenings. Additionally, Healthy Start provided a healthy lunch for attendees, followed by games, drawings, door prizes and fun activities for all.

 

“Baby showers are a traditional way to celebrate parents and welcome baby. But we also want to take this opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of prenatal care,” said Kori Eberle, Healthy Start Program Manager. “Gifts are wonderful. But the best gift a baby can receive is early and consistent prenatal care to ensure baby and mom’s health throughout pregnancy, and beyond birth.”

 

In April 2019, SAHS received a renewed five year $5.4M grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to serve 12 zip codes in San Antonio.  Some of these areas were not previously served by Healthy Start, but new information shows that families in these areas would really benefit from the FREE individualized one-on-one case management and health education that Healthy Start provides (see map of service area). SAHS is also now able to officially enroll fathers of Healthy Start babies into our Healthy Start Dads program. In collaboration with Healthy Texas Mothers and Babies, Healthy Start will continue to host Healthy Families Network maternal-child health coalition activities. With events like Becoming a Mom classes, parenting presentations and Community Baby Showers, SAHS will conduct outreach and education in the community to improve pregnancy and parenting health outcomes.

 

Healthy Start will continue hosting community baby showers throughout the year in other areas of San Antonio. These events are part of Healthy Start’s mission to strengthen families, empower neighborhoods, and improve health and community services so that all babies have an equal chance to live and thrive.

 

If you are pregnant and looking for free pregnancy support and resources, call (210) 207-4725 for more information and to enroll. 

 

pregnancy map

 

South-West- 78207, 78212, 78213, 78211, 78242, 78221 - North-East- 78266, 78239, 78218, 78220, 78222, 78263

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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

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