Chi Theta Zeta host “Community Baby Shower” to Educate Moms

More than 100 mothers filled the Jack McLean Community Center Saturday for its Seventh Annual Community Baby Shower.

The baby shower was hosted by Chi Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Each year, Chi Theta Zeta unite with community sponsors such as: the City of Tallahassee, March of Dimes, and Florida A&M's Health to educate and service families who are expecting, planning to get pregnant or who recently had a baby.

Taylor Novak, a representative at Refuge House that the turns shows how much the event is needed in the community.

“When you come out here and you see that there is such a turn out, that means there is a need,” Novak said.

Health officials said prenatal care for expectant mothers is a vital importance for healthy babies and for mothers to decrease complications down the road.  

“More and more women are getting pregnant, unhealthy and they don’t get the proper care which can lead to infant mortality,” said Jessica Bahorski, a nurse practitioner at Capital Regional Center. 

A variety of clothing and essential needs were provided for the mothers and families. The baby shower included lunch, health exhibitors, games and activities, a free health screening, fitness    and more.

Kierra Hudson, 21, a first time mother from Tallahassee, Fla., expressed she will not be having a baby shower because of financial reasons.

“People don’t know people's situations. For the community to throw something like this really means a lot,” said Hudson.

Organizations like, Rampage Step Team, Alpha Phi Omega and FAMU School of Nursing were on site volunteering and engaging with mothers.

Vice President of Rampage Step Team, Mariah Brown a senior business administration student from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., expressed that it is important to help the community.

“It feels good to see families come and get things for their babies, support the community and these women.”

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