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Celebrating Motherhood: Highlights from the 'She's Ready to Pop' Community Baby Shower

Expecting Relief, a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, NY, hosted the "She's Ready to Pop" Community Baby Shower, which was filled with excitement, refreshments, gifts of menstrual products for postpartum period for mothers, diapers, wipes, formula, babies supplies, bookbags, safe sleep swaddlers for infants, and more. With a mission to address racial disparities and biases affecting black and brown families, Expecting Relief focuses on providing equitable access to food, essentials, and health resources through distribution, education, and advocacy.

The event kicked off with Vanessa Bracetty-Ormsby, the passionate host, providing invaluable education on maternal rights during pregnancy. Mothers were empowered with knowledge about their rights, informed consent, and options for birthing locations at home, a birthing center, or a hospital. Vanessa ensured each attendee received a comprehensive packet detailing these rights, empowering mothers to make informed decisions about their birthing experience.

Next, representatives from Florida Healthy Start and Broward Healthy Start Coalition took the stage to discuss safe sleep practices for infants. Their informative presentation shed light on crucial measures to ensure the safety and well-being of newborns, emphasizing the importance of creating a safe sleep environment to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Ellise, a dedicated birth doula, followed suit, sharing insights into the role and services provided by birth doulas. Drawing from her experience shadowing Nicky Dawkins of Menstrual Doula, Ellise highlighted the invaluable support doulas offer to expectant mothers throughout the birthing journey. From emotional and physical support during labor to advocating for the mother's preferences, birth doulas are vital in ensuring a positive birth experience.

Finally, Nicky Dawkins took the stage to educate mothers on the role of a menstrual doula—a lesser-known but equally essential support figure. Nicky enlightened attendees about the diverse services offered by menstrual doulas, ranging from menstrual cycle education to emotional support and advocacy. She emphasized the disparities in healthcare access and the crucial role doulas play in bridging this gap, ensuring all mothers receive the support and care they deserve.

The "She's Ready to Pop" Community Baby Shower celebrated nearing motherhood and a platform for education, empowerment, and advocacy. Expecting Relief and its partners delivered a memorable event that left attendees feeling informed, supported, and ready to embark on their journey into parenthood.

Stay tuned for more community events and initiatives from Expecting Relief as they continue their mission to support and uplift families in need!

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