About 200 mothers attended a community baby shower today co-hosted by Southwest Solutions. The shower was also a workshop that taught mothers about good prenatal and postnatal care.
“One of the goals of the workshop is to help mothers understand that baby development and early learning begin at birth and that mothers need to actively promote this development,” said Susan Hooks-Brown, community organizer with the Early Childhood & Family Literacy program at Southwest Solutions. “We want to help mothers learn how to help their children learn better so that the children will be more successful when they enter school.”
The shower/workshop was held at EL Kiosko Hall in southwest Detroit. The expectant mothers and mothers of babies received gifts, played learning games, and listened to presentations. Spanish-speaking mothers were provided headsets to listen to the translated presentations.
Vistas Nueves Head Start also co-hosted the event. Several vendors provided information and instruction about prenatal and baby care, including the Detroit Medical Center.
Dora Alberto, an expectant mother, said that she found the workshop very useful. “I have two children already, but my youngest is nine,” Dora said. “I had forgotten some things about how to best care for my baby, and the workshop helped me to remember and also taught me some new things, too.”
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