TULSA — Avery Garder is expecting a newborn any day now, he tells us, "I’m a father of four and this is my 5th, and I am very blessed to be here.”
Since the baby hasn't arrived yet, mother Allison Thrower got to attend this years Community Baby Shower.
Marnie Jackson is the Community Health Specialist with Tulsa Health Department, she helped organize the 5th annual Community Baby Shower.
Jackson tells us, “I love decorating and making the community feel like this event is truly for them when they walk through that door.”
The baby shower offers multiple resources for expecting mothers, but this year they did something special just for the dads.
Gardner was one of the expecting fathers that took the class and tells us, "Yes I took the father class and it was wonderful. So many guys that are fathers came out to support. Safe sleep is oh man it’s awesome.”
Allison Thrower tells us, “To have an event like this when I moved here while I was pregnant, and to be able to find out about the different resources that are available is really great. I wasn’t aware that there were so many different programs available for new moms.”
Community organizers tell us about some of the services offered to the new moms: case management support, nurses for first time moms, counseling for child diabetes, just to name a few.
Thrower says, “I love that the different hospitals are here so I have choices. I can find out about different pediatricians. I’m just really happy that it’s happening. Especially with me being due next week. I didn’t know about like 80 percent of this stuff.”
To get involved or donate to the Tulsa Health Department for next year's shower click here.
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