'Before Baby' Moms Club of Virginia focuses on providing educational services and support to pregnant women by working with community partners to establish Baby Basics Moms Clubs across our service area. Our meeting topics are from Baby Basics: Your Month-to-Month Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy published by The What to Expect Foundation in partnership with March of Dimes. It doesn't matter what month a pregnancy is in because topics apply to all expectant moms. Meetings are free and everyone receives the Baby Basics book and planner that tracks activities through each month of pregnancy. Dads or support partners are always invited to attend with our moms-to-be. The Before Baby Program's initiatives and goals are aimed at improving pregnancies through personal interaction, education, and community.
Our 'Before Baby' Moms Club 2014 Garden Project
The chill of fall and early frost has brought our BBMC gardening season to an end. The Demonstration Garden was a pilot project to support our program initiative to deliver nutritional education to our moms club members in Southwest Virginia. We think our garden was a great success and we look forward to next year! Read more and see photos of our garden goodies here>>>
Virginia's 2014 Prematurity Report Card
The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Each year, they issue a Premature Birth Report Card that grades each state on its efforts to lower premature births. This year Virginia improved last year's grade of "C" to a "B" on the 2014 Report Card. The Office of the Governor recognized this achievement citing the great deal of teamwork and planning by a large number of partners across Virginia. 'Before Baby' Moms Club of Virginia is honored to be part of the ongoing effort to improve the health of babies and moms though our association with the March of Dimes Virginia Chapter. To learn more about prematurity in Virginia, click here>>>
2014 HIGH HEELS for HIGH HOPES
Karen Davis of our Washington County Moms Club is putting on her stilettos to raise money for a cause near to her heart--promoting healthy pregnancy and prevention of preterm delivery. She is a participant and model in the March of Dimes HIGH HEELS for HIGH HOPES campaign, competing for the 2014 Stiletto Award. Click here to visit Karen's personal funding page.
Hiker Raising Money for March of Dimes
Joey McKenna along with his dog, Doja, is hiking the Appalachian Trail which covers 14 states and roughly 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia. Along the way, he was inspired to create a fundraiser to benefit the March of Dimes Foundation. Joey is the son of Merry McKenna, Executive Director of 'Before Baby' Moms Club of Virginia. Click here to visit Joey's funding page and read his story.
Virginia Nurse of the Year Finalists
Karen Davis, our Washington County Moms Club facilitator, is a finalist in the annual March of Dimes Virginia Nurse of the Year Awards Program. She is a Southwest Virginia native, mother of two, and holds a BSN in Nursing from ETSU. She has worked over 20 years within the public health sector for both Virginia and Tennessee Departments of Health. These awards honor excellence in nursing care and pay tribute to the men and women who work for positive changes within the healthcare community. Over 325 nurses were nominated across Virginia by patients, friends, co-workers, and other health professionals from which 121 finalists were chosen. Award recipients will be announced on November 1st at a gala event in Richmond. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and we are especially proud to have Karen as part of our Baby Basics Moms Club team!
Welcoming Newport News to the Baby Basics Family
'Before Baby' Moms Club of Virginia is excited to announce the launch of Baby Basics Moms Club in Newport News. The club will officially kick things off with an Open House on Tuesday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Education Building/Conference Center at Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News. The group is free, fun and on a drop-in basis, according to its organizer, Liz Marshall. "All pregnant women are welcome," she said, along with a friend or family member. Funding for our newest club is provided by March of Dimes.
Newport News Moms Club will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays. Refreshments and giveaways will be offered at every group. Read more in this feature article from the local Newport News Daily Press.
It Was a Great Garden Party!
It was a garden party at the Moms Club Demonstration Garden Monday night, July 28th. Bristol area Moms Club participants from JMH, WCHD and BRMC joined us between the tomatoes and peppers for an evening of fun. Club facilitators and guests provided a cooking demo using veggies straight from our own garden. All moms and visitors were able to pick fresh produce to take home with them. Please feel free to stop by, pull a few weeds and pick from the garden. Thanks again to Frye-Shaffer Insurance for the use of this great garden space.
INTotal Health joined us with their mobile unit, provided treats for our moms and plenty of cold beverages. A special thank you to the moms and visitors that joined us and for those that continue to work in the garden to make sure our harvest is a winner!
The Moms Club Hands-On Demonstration Garden
Healthy eating starts from the ground up and that’s just what the Moms Club Team in Southwest Virginia aims to offer pregnant women. Expecting moms want to do all they can to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. An important part of promoting good health is taking a look at the way we shop for groceries and the way we eat. The Moms Club of Bristol, Washington County and Johnston Memorial Hospital have put on their garden gloves, loaded up their wheelbarrows and headed to the garden to help expecting women learn more about growing their own food and shopping fresh. It’s about the whole process from planting your garden, cultivating, harvesting and cooking it up for your family. We want moms to experience the rewards of growing vegetables and fruits, then integrating them into their daily diet. This is a garden to demonstrate the various steps and let our moms be part of the journey from seed to dinner plate.
Moms have the opportunity to hear speakers about growing and tending a garden, nutritionists about ways to prepare what they have grown and learn from both novice and experts the secrets to the best tasting veggies. It’s also a chance to pull weeds, water plants and share in the bounty of what we grow.
All pregnant women, Moms Club Moms past and present, are invited to participate in the fun. We also encourage our community partners that have knowledge they would like to share to contact us about joining us in the garden. Garden space has been provided in-kind by Frye-Shaffer Insurance.
To learn more about sharing in the Moms Club Demonstration Garden please call 276-644-0501 or email email@example.com. Be sure to drive by and take a peek. We are located at the entrance to Lowry Hills on Old Dominion Road (off Lee Hwy), directly across from the DMV and beside Frye- Shaffer Insurance. You can’t miss it! Just look for the pregnant lady in the garden.
Moms Club Virginia Model Facilitator Training
BB Moms Club of Virginia hosted a one-day training for facilitators implementing the Virginia Model program on June 10, 2014. This fun and informative day included information on how to replicate our group model program that is being successfully implemented in 10 sites across Virginia. This training was sponsored by the March of Dimes Virginia Chapter, in Glen Allen (near Richmond). If you are interested in requesting training to bring Moms Club to your organization or community, contact Merry McKenna at 276-644-0501, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baby Basics Moms Club Joins in March for Babies
Moms Club Welcomes Two New Community Partners
Baby Basics Moms Club of Virginia welcomes Virginia Premier Health Plan to the team of club sponsors. If you’re pregnant, they are excited and we are too! The combined efforts of VA Premier's Healthy Heartbeats Program and BB Moms Club of Virginia offer expecting moms the opportunity to learn about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. To learn more about Virginia Premier Health Plan visit their website at www.vapremier.com.
We want to also express our appreciation to INTotal Health (formerly Amerigroup Virginia LLC) who has our new baby bums covered with diapers for moms attending Abingdon Moms Club. We are also excited to have their support for special nutrition surprises for participants. Come and join us as we learn about healthy snacks for the mom-to-be. To learn more about INTotal Health visit their website at www.intotalhealth.org.
Martha Jefferson Baby Basics Moms Club
Bristol Moms 2014 Annual Reunion
This year's reunion event was held at Sugar Hollow Park on Sept. 22, 2014. It was bigger than ever with our three local Moms Clubs attending. There was great food, games, prizes and a photographer that took pictures of our moms and families. A very big thank you to our Moms Club funders and partners who joined us. We couldn't do it without your support! Go to photos>>>
Roanoke Moms Club Reunion
Roanoke Moms Club held their Second Annual Reunion on July 30th, 2014. It was an evening of fun, refreshments, and door prizes. We loved seeing our past moms and meeting their adorable new babies. Click to view photos.
Charlottesville Moms Club