WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Approximately 75 people turned out for a free Community Baby Shower at the Coalfield CAP office in West Williamson, W.Va. on Thursday. The annual event held for new and expectant mothers was hosted by The Mingo County Partners in Prevention and the Family Resource Network (FRN).
Guests played games and several prizes were awarded throughout the event. The first ten people through the door had the opportunity to register for a $100 gift card and the winner of the gift card this year was Santana Blair. The event lasted from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tudors of Chapmanville, W.Va. catered the event, guests dined on ham, roast beef, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and rolls. Cathy Davis of Cathy’s Creations Event Planning provided a candy bar for the event.
This year’s event brought in vendors from all over the state. Representatives were on hand from A.B.L.E. Families, Valley Health, First Choice Services, Mingo County Schools, STOP Coalition, Cabell Huntington Health Department, Mountain Health Trust, West Virginia Birth to Three, Mingo County DHHR, TSN/WIC, West Virginia Tobacco Free Pregnancy Initiative, Adolescent Health Coordinator, Healthy in the Hills, Williamson Health and Wellness Center and Unicare.
Jeff Reynolds with the Mingo County Schools office was on hand to inform the group of a program in the Mingo County Public Schools for teen parents. The Student Assistance Team provides support for teen parents and parents to be, they work with teachers, administration and even the student’s doctor, during pregnancy and after the birth, the can help set up childcare and have parenting classes available. The program is available to both an expectant mother and the father of the child if he is still in school.
More information can be obtained about this program through the school’s guidance counselor or the Mingo County counselor Dreama Dempsey at 304-235-3333.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.