CLINTON – The Glō Mom Initiative continues its outreach with a community baby shower on Sunday, August 14 from noon to 3 p.m. in Central Park, Clinton, for the Clinton/Lancaster area.
This is an opportunity for pregnant women and other mothers and their families to access resources through local partners and receive free baby essentials such as clothes, books, toys, etc., as well as information on safe sleeping, breastfeeding and childbirth techniques.
“Glō Mom is a maternal health and wellness advocacy organization that seeks to amplify women’s voices, illuminate our journey through motherhood, and find hope in every story,” said the founder. of the organization, Nicole Brushet. “In addition to our advocacy efforts, we also provide education services and conservation space to build community and support around mothers, primarily through our community baby showers. The need to nurture and support women is what continues to inspire our commitment to this mission.
Brushet and her team of dedicated volunteers, “a dynamic team of visionary, activist, educating and encouraging women,” recently hosted community baby showers in Leominster and Springfield that were well attended.
“It went incredibly well,” she said of the Leominster event. “We have partnered with the Leominster Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) and feedback from attendees has been very positive. Several women have signed up for our six-week postpartum support service and are generally interested in continuing to build community through the multiple small group gatherings our partners hold throughout the year as well as our gatherings open virtual.
Besides the upcoming Clinton/Lancaster Shower, Glō Mom will also be hosting one at the North Bronx SDA Church in Bronx, NY on August 7th.
“In addition to our board, we have our community partners who round out the team for each particular baby shower,” she said, adding that for the shower in town, they are partnered with the University Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Lancaster, his family church. house church.
Vendors and businesses lined up for the Clinton/Lancaster shower include health coach for healthy habits through the Wellness for Life movement, registered dietitian from 360 Girls & Women, Marisol Gracia, community doula Created 2 Birth and the First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center on High Rue. Other local businesses interested in joining can email [email protected].
“Pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood are great experiences in life, but for a significant number of women it can present serious challenges,” Brushet said, adding, “20-25% of women struggle with some form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD), which have been identified as the main complication of pregnancy and childbirth.PMADs can appear at any time and have a profound adverse effect on mental, emotional, relational and physical health of the whole family PMAD is equally blind, affecting women of all cultures, ages, income levels and races.
Broushet, who owns and operates The Vegan Nest on the High Street with her husband, was inspired to launch Glō Mom nine years ago when she had just married and was planning to start a family, which now includes three daughters. The Clinton-based nonprofit partners with organizations across the country to create a space for community, connection, and play.
“Some, but not all, women have access to resources that can help alleviate stress that can often impact psychological health and more,” Broushet said. “Some, but not all, women receive support in the months following childbirth, which can have a significant impact on mother-child bonding and family dynamics. We stand in the gaps. Families need support and one way to do that is to take care of women who are caring for families.