HEALTHY HEARTS PLUS II
Mommies, Bellies, Babies and Daddies For Week ending 5-12-22
Submitted by: Healthy Hearts Plus II
Tuesday, May 9, 2022
Workshop: Mommies, Bellies, Babies & Daddies
Location: Calhoun Center – COVID 96 Foods as Prescription RX & Delivery
Attendance: 154 persons served – 70 families served – 15 pregnant, 22 breastfeeding moms, 7 fathers, 38 babies & toddlers, 9 children, 1 staff 2 drivers
Race Breakdown: 16 Black; 50 families in need; 3 transients
Deliveries: 16 families delivered by CAHN Transportation
Food Poundage: 1,242 pounds of food; 17.49lbs. of food per family
Nutrition Info: Benefits of cucumber water
New Mothers: 1
Home Deliveries: 16 by CAHN
Home Deliveries: 55 by other means
Total Deliveries: 71
Food sovereignty: 16 foods as prescription bags were delivered to our Pregnant, New Moms and Breastfeeding families during COVID19.
Topic: We would like to begin our weekly report each week with appreciation to Mr. Tracy Causey and the Capital Area Health Network transportation team for their show of support and collective solidarity as food is medicine bags were delivered to our pregnant, postpartum moms and breastfeeding mothers. During this time of social distancing and isolation and in compliance with the CDC guidelines, we will make home deliveries to our families so that they will have the necessary nutritious foods utilizing food as medicine. Our staff and drivers continue to follow the state mandated 6 feet distance so that they maintain a safe distance from our families while they provide this essential service.
This week we welcomed our mothers to our virtual sister circle. Our mental health professional, Dr. Jackson, and our Doula, Weluna Finley were our facilitators for this session. After our pre-school readiness moment where we assist our mothers in supporting their efforts to provide early educational intervention for their children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old, Dr. Jackson spoke in detail about the rigors of balancing life as a mother. She provided practical solutions for our mothers to implement in their lives such as daily positive affirmations and being intentional about being available for themselves.
Our doula, Ms. Finley, answered questions about breastfeeding to include lactation, nutrition, and hydration. She also talked about the power of breastfeeding and the rights of women to breastfeed in public. Many of our mothers provided their personal stories and testimonies on breastfeeding and offered their support to each other in the circle.
We continue to welcome new mothers to the circle as well as returning moms who are experiencing another pregnancy. We are excited about our growing family.
You can find more information on our programs on Facebook and Instagram. On behalf of Dr. Alice Freeman, the entire staff of Healthy Hearts Plus II and the families we serve, we say, “Thank You” for your unselfish love and act of kindness. We pray blessings of good health, peace of mind and total wellness for each of you. Please continue to be safe and well.
Session Needs: None currently.
Conclusion: Care packages consisting of food items and other essentials were distributed to each participant.