BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Coming up, one local group is getting ready to host a special event for expecting and new moms in need. Chocolate Milk Mommies is hosting its annual Community Baby Shower next week.
Chocolate Milk Mommies is a non-profit organization that helps break the stigma surrounding breastfeeding in black communities. The goal is to reach as many women as possible in low-income areas to bring resources they would otherwise have no access to. Breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates are three times lower on average for black women, who are also more likely to die during childbirth. Chocolate Milk Mommies helps provide the proper resources and necessary education in order to reduce and eliminate these health disparities.
In the spirit of a traditional baby shower, Chocolate Milk Mommies will host the Happy Hour Community Baby Shower on Monday, February 25th. New or expecting black mothers, spouses, children and support systems are invited to the event. Every mom will have access to baby necessities and resources while being able to come together, relax, enjoy some food and make new friends. They can also connect with important resources, including maternal and early childhood health services.
The Baby Shower is from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at the UAB Medical West Civic Room on 9th Avenue Southwest in Bessemer. Volunteers, vendors, businesses monetary donations and donations of new or gently used items for both mom and baby are still being accepted. To find out more, email Chocolate Milk Mommies here. You can also follow the group on Facebook or Instagram. A link to the group’s GoFundMe can be found here.