It’s officially November, so that means it's time for the 23ABC Bakersfield Baby Shower!
Ahead of our second annual event co-hosted with The Mission at Kern County and the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center, 23ABC virtually took viewers inside the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center to show where donations will be directly going.
The tour began at the Baby Boutique, where mothers go “shopping” for essential items for their children, including clothes, baby wipes and strollers. At last year’s inaugural shower, Erin Rogers Executive Director of the pregnancy center says they were able to receive 10 thousand dollars worth of donation items.
The next stop was the Layette Room, the first place donations go before being curated downstairs in the Baby Boutique for moms to shop. Mothers can earn points for shopping by attending the “Earn While You Learn” classes also upstairs. The care packages put together in the Layette Room, however, are given to mothers just for being clients at the pregnancy center.
23ABC’s next stop was the classroom where those parenting classes are held. Usually the pregnancy center instructs about 15 parents at a time, but during the pandemic, sessions have been one-on-one. Julie Sepulveda, the Outreach Coordinator at the pregnancy center, said the socially-distanced group sessions will resume starting Tuesday. Classes include baby CPR, awareness on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and what to do when your baby cries.
We also got a look inside the pregnancy center’s ultrasound room to hear about the medical services offered at the pregnancy center. Rogers said those include free pregnancy tests, first trimester ultrasounds, free STI testing and the establishment of medical care if a client does not have a doctor. Registered nurses at the pregnancy center are either volunteers or employed with the center.
And as you know, the Bakersfield Baby Shower is just around the corner on November 19 at 23ABC studios (321 21st Street in Downtown Bakersfield). Here’s a list of desired donation items to help local mothers.