Moms To Moms

Corazón Healdsburg created the ‘Moms to Moms' program to help expecting moms with education, support and baby showers

Starting in April 2017, Corazón launched a free program designed to help expecting mothers prepare for parenthood while also bringing together members of the Healdsburg community. The program, dubbed “Moms to Moms,” is a partnership between Corazón Healdsburg and Alliance Medical Center — technically it’s part of Alliance’s Comprehensive Prenatal Services Program and supported by the medical center’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

In practice, Moms to Moms provides prenatal, birthing, lactation and peer-to-peer support education classes for pregnant mothers in their third trimester. The effort also seeks to collect donations from local residents that will be distributed to expecting mothers at five group baby showers throughout the year.

The first baby shower took place on May 7, 2017 where nine local mothers were celebrated. The second shower took place on July 18th 2017, celebrating seven new moms. Showers will continue to take place on every two months throughout the year and into 2018.

The Moms to Moms program has three major components. First are the classes, which address everything from exercise during pregnancy to breastfeeding after the child is born. One of the sessions spotlights the importance of reading to children, and includes a swag bag of books and other items from the Healdsburg Public Library. Because an overwhelming number of the mothers involved in the program are Latina, classes are taught in both Spanish and English.

Second are the showers, which revolve around “wish lists” participating mothers fill out at the first class. Lists offer everything from wipes, diapers and clothes to strollers and books. Another popular item: home made baby food and the equipment to make it. All mothers who “matriculate” also receive a new car seat through Alliance Medical Center.

The third component is a deep and meaningful connection between north county neighbors. Most of the program volunteers are women who interact regularly on the “Healdsburg Moms” Facebook group, and by working directly with mothers they likely would not meet otherwise; all of the women involved are building bridges and strengthening the bonds within the Healdsburg community.

The Moms to Moms program accepts donations of both goods from the online registry located at:  http://gooddler.com/Wishlist/10157 and will gladly accept funds through Corazón Healdsburg's tax deductible donation page. New and gently used baby items can be donated to the program by emailing or calling for drop off information.

For more information about the program, please contact Ariel Kelley at ariel@corazonhealdsburg.org or 707-480-5608.