LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Today, pregnant women, new parents, and child caregivers gathered today for the 3rd Annual Comanche County Baby Shower.
The event was sponsored by Comanche County Memorial Hospital and the organizers of the CMV awareness run, which was held in June. The proceeds from the run helped to put on the baby shower. It provided moms-to-be, and new parents with resources, and educated them on ways to keep their child healthy and safe. More than 30 organizations were there passing out information and gifts.
Jacquelyn Daugherty and her soldier husband recently moved to Fort Sill, so she wanted to come out to the baby shower to see what the community has to offer for their child.
"It really means a lot because it means the community cares. It means that the community is looking out for moms because not everyone has the resources to be able to care for their child”, said Daugherty.
Jill Elsberry with the Oklahoma State Department of Health provided moms with information about folic acid, which is an essential "B" vitamin that helps the growth and repair of cells in your body. Elsberry says it is important that pregnant and women expecting to know about the vitamin
"It does help decrease the risk of cleft lip and cleft palate. We can tell also a lot of women when they take their prenatal vitamins talk about how their hair starts growing, their nails get really strong and a lot of that has to deal with the folic acid.”, said Elsberry.
Comanche County Health Department Educator Sarah Lambaria says their goal this year was to focus on health and safety.
"We are focusing on safe sleep, breast feeding, any of the things that we know are shown to make an infant healthier and help them grow to develop”, said Lambaria.
Moms like Samantha Newhouse learned how to use CPR on infants. She will apply what she learned and teach it to her daughter.
"I actually have another one at home that can actually benefit from that way they can learn how to do CPR if something happens and I can't get to them than the other one. That's going to help me teach her”, said Newhouse.
Melony and Rusty are expecting their first and they say they walked away from the shower knowing more and worrying less.
"I got all the information from all these booths an I'm going to use a lot of it for the help Im going to need to come up next”, said Melony.
Each mother received a passport booklet with the different organizations at the shower. Once they visited each table, they were then eligible for door prizes and giveaways. Some moms received free car seats, clothes, diapers,toys, books and an ultrasound.?