Babies don’t come with an instruction manual! That’s why Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii is hosting “Healthy Babies Rock”- to benefit mothers and babies in Hawaii.
This organization offers programs, services and advocacy for mothers and babies, with a special focus on reaching high-risk and low-income moms. It has a confidential MothersCare phone line to call for questions and information; Text4Baby, a free service providing customized text messages every week of pregnancy and baby’s first year; a breastfeeding support program; and Cribs for Kids, a safe sleep education program to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
If you’d like to support its ability to offer these programs and services, you can attend a fundraiser Friday night. “Healthy Babies Rock” will be at the Still & Moving Center on 1024 Queen St in Honolulu, from 6 – 8 p.m. There will be food stations, live music from Streetlight Cadence, aerial dance performances and activities.
Tickets cost: $40 per adult, or free for children, and all ages are welcome. To buy tickets, go to www.HMHB-Hawaii.org or by call (808) 737-5805.
Additionally, the coalition offers an ongoing workshop series, “Becoming a Mother.” Executive director Lisa Kimura says, “Traditional prenatal education treats birth as a finish line instead of a bridge. A great birth doesn’t necessarily translate into a great beginning. Though many women are well-prepared for giving birth, they are often poorly prepared for new motherhood. We can do better; we need to do better to support mothers through their entire transition. With this series, parents will be encouraged to connect to their inner guidance and to the social supports that are vital to thriving.”
The “Becoming a Mother” workshop series is every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19.) It’s at Waikiki Community Center (free parking onsite.) The suggested donation is $15 per couple. For more, visit HMHB-Hawaii.org or call (808) 737-5805.