Welcome to Abingdon Baby Basics Moms Club
Serving Moms-to-Be in Abingdon, Bristol, Washington, Smyth & Russell Counties
Meetings are always free! No need to register--just show up!
We meet in Abingdon, Bristol, Glade Spring, and Damascus to meet the needs of area moms-to-be looking for pregnancy information in a group setting.
We hope this will make it easier for you and your support partner to meet other
growing families and learn about healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Attend as many sessions as you wish. Call 276-608-6824 for more info.
~Lisa Dolinger, Facilitator
Support provided by:
Meals donated by:
Exit 14, Abingdon
Did you know you can earn a free SleepSack?
While Tracy Stokes was pregnant with her daughter Bailey last year, the Hayter’s Gap resident learned about a local club that promotes pregnancy wellness. The mother joined Before Baby Moms Club of Virginia and even graduated a few months later feeling better prepared for being a new mother at age 29. “It offered very helpful information about pregnancy,” said Stokes. “I would recommend it to all new mothers. It helped me to meet friends I could talk to outside of the club. I still see a couple of them often. And it’s a really good way to learn up-to-date information.”
The Abingdon program is among a growing number of Before Baby Moms Clubs of Virginia offered throughout the state and supported by March of Dimes for the past five years. The Virginia March of Dimes awarded the local program $2,900 this year for operating costs. The prenatal group meetings reach more than 300 women in Virginia each year and are credited for dropping the preterm birth rate in Southwest Virginia.
“It’s a place where pregnant women come together to talk about their pregnancies, learn new things and just have fun socializing,” said Lisa Dolinger, facilitator for the Abingdon club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Participants do not need to register in advance for club meetings. Meetings are held in a nonclinical, comfortable atmosphere in the third floor conference room of the Medical Plaza at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
“Eligible participants are women from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The main requirement is they are expecting a baby,” said Dolinger.
Growing better nutrition
The local program also offers a demonstration garden to provide nutritional education for pregnant mothers. For the second consecutive year, Frye-Shaffer Insurance in Abingdon has donated space for the garden. Those who attend club meetings are encouraged to work in the garden during the growing season, offering them a food–to-table experience. “Anyone who participates in planting or tending the garden also may participate in reaping the rewards later this season,” said Dolinger. She said the garden helps moms-to-be learn how to grow their food and the importance of eating healthy. The garden, located on Old Dominion Road next to Frye-Shaffer Insurance, measures approximately 15 by 30 feet. The site features two lawn chairs and solar lights for evening work. A pregnant scarecrow at the garden offers a little humor for motorists on the road. This year, members helped to plant corn, green beans, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and herbs. >>>
(full article and photos at www.swvatoday.com)
Abingdon Moms Club at 2017 March of Dimes Walk
Abingdon & Bristol Moms Club 2015 Harvest
Moms Club Will Celebrate Five Years on September 28th, 2015!
A touch of fall in the air signals that it is again time for our annual Moms Club Reunion on September 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at Bristol Regional Medical Center. We look forward each year to getting together with our many current and past Moms Club members, and to meet any little ones that have arrived. Family members are invited and there will be prizes, freebies, and food. For more info, email Linda or call 276-698-4494. Also check our FB page!
Baby Basics Moms Club 2014 Reunion held September 22nd
The Baby Basics Moms Club Reunion was held at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol on Monday, September 22nd from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All past and present moms and support partners from our Abingdon, Washington CO. Health Dept and Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center were invited to join us for a BBQ dinner showcasing the wonderful harvest from the Moms Club Demonstration Garden. Our funders and partners also joined us in celebrating of our fourth birthday for Moms Club.
Fun at the 2014 Expo
Introducing Baby Basics Moms Club