The Healthy Start Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host The World’s Greatest Baby Shower through an online virtual platform from Thursday, April 1st until Wednesday, April 14th, 2021. This event is specially designed for expectant parents or new parents who have had a baby between January 2020 and now who reside in Okaloosa or Walton Counties. There will be educational videos and informative exhibitor booths that highlight topics such as parenting, prenatal health, new baby care, and community resources. Attendees can earn an event bag and enter to win raffles by watching videos, visiting exhibitor booths, and completing the event survey. The event will culminate in a Prize Pick-up Drive Through on Saturday, April 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College.
Healthy Start’s mission is to ensure that healthy babies are born to healthy mothers. Our hope is that no baby is born too small or too early and we are consistently working to reduce the rate of infant mortality in our community. These issues are important to the long-term wellbeing of our community because the health of our community starts with the health of our babies. Babies born premature or with a low birth weight are at risk of having lasting developmental issues that can have major effects on their life as an adult. Our goal with the World’s Greatest Baby Shower is to bring resources to new parents that will help them, and their new child, succeed as well as shower them with love and congratulations.