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City Wide Community Baby Shower to be Held

The New Britain Health Department will host a free community-wide baby shower for pregnant women who are city residents. The event will take place on Wednesday May 11 from 2-4 p.m. at the New Britain YWCA, 22 Glen St. There will be numerous raffle prizes given away, including car seats, strollers and other baby items. Refreshments will be provided. In addition, educational information will be offered on a variety of topics related to a healthy pregnancy, child care and available community resources. Many local agencies will have staff on hand to answer questions, give out pamphlets and other educational materials.

This event was initially held in 2008 as part of the New Britain Fetal and Infant Mortality Review program, which the Health Department co-sponsored with the University of Connecticut Health Center.

This initiative, which aims to reduce infant and fetal deaths and promote services that help women have healthy babies, was eliminated as of May 1, 2009. The Health Department hopes to continue with it’s mission.

“We want to make sure that all pregnant women in New Britain have access to the information, health care services and support they need to have a health birth outcomes,” said Francine Truglio, APRN, nursing supervisor for the New Britain Health Department. With the exception of 2001, New Britain has consistently had a higher rate of low birth weight than the state average. Latest statistics reported 9.8 percent babies born weighed less than 5 ½ lbs. The Department of Public Health for Connecticut reports that in 2007, non adequate prenatal care was 17.5 percent among non-hispanics, 27.5 percent among Hispanic women and 30 percent among African American women. Tobacco use during pregnancy is a known risk for low birth weight and pre-maturity. The CT Health Registry reported that is 2006, 12.2 percent of New Britain women who gave birth smoked during pregnancy. New Britain also has a high rate of teenage pregnancy, twice the State average. Of particular concern is New Britain’s large immigrant population who are not eligible for State funded health insurance programs.

More than 20 area organizations are participating in the event including, HRA of New Britain, the Hospital of Central Connecticut, WIC, YWCA Daycare, Community Health Center, Public Library, Spanish speaking Center, and others. For more information please call the Health Department at 860-826-3464.