CLEVELAND, Ohio — New and expectant mothers snacked on rainbow-frosted cupcakes whereas studying about protected sleep and breastfeeding at Friday’s Group Child Bathe at MetroHealth’s J. Glen Well being Middle in Cleveland.
The occasion, sponsored by Molina Well being Care and the town of Cleveland, provided nicely-child info for brand spanking new mother and father, together with meals, video games and prizes. The winner of every recreation picked a prize from a heap of donated diapers, wipes and different child gear.
“It is a chance for mothers and dads and newborns to return out and have a (child) bathe,” stated Takeysha Cheney, director of group engagement with Molina Well being Care, one of many state’s 5 Medicaid suppliers providing authorities-sponsored well being care to decrease revenue individuals.
The occasion was aimed toward combating toddler mortality in Cleveland by educating mother and father about protected sleep practices and different methods to maintain infants protected, Cheney stated. Toddler mortality is outlined because the variety of deaths earlier than the primary birthday per 1,000 stay births.
Ohio’s toddler mortality fee crept up in 2016, with 19 extra toddler deaths throughout the state final yr in comparison with 2015, in line with a current report by the Ohio Division of Well being. A complete of 1,024 Ohio infants died earlier than reaching a primary birthday final yr.
Molina Well being Care sponsors about seven Group Child Showers in Cleveland annually, and about 15 all through Northeast Ohio in numerous places, she stated.
In the course of the bathe, new and expectant mothers heard shows on breastfeeding, Boot Camp for New Dads, hypertension throughout being pregnant and different subjects.
Andrea Johnson, whose child is due this month, simply moved from Jacksonville, Fla., to Cleveland to be close to household. She attended the child bathe to get info on breastfeeding.
“Something is useful once you’re having a toddler,” stated Johnson.
She listened to a presentation on breastfeeding by Mistie Hughes, breastfeeding coordinator with the Cuyahoga County WIC Program. Breastfeeding is wholesome, free, pure and offers infants with immunity from illness, Hughes stated.
“The explanations (to breastfeed) are quite a few,” Hughes stated. “An important factor is speaking about it.”