Central New York, Community, Health, Syracuse

Molina Health hosts free baby shower

Molina Health hosted a free baby shower for expecting mothers in Syracuse at the Syracuse Community Center today. (c) 2018 Mary Peters

By Mary Peters SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Molina Health saw a need in Syracuse and hosted its second free baby shower at the Syracuse Community Center.

“When our claims department is doing their reports, we have a shortage, especially right now in the child wellness visits,” Molina community health manager Rita Paniagua, said.

Paniagua said they noticed that many moms were not bringing their newborns to the doctor.  The first six months is considered a vital time for babies to see a doctor to ensure they are developing well and have the necessary shots.

There were multiple organizations at the event including CNY Diaper Bank, Planned Parenthood, Teen Outreach Program, Lead Poisoning Control Program, and Healthy Start.

Paniagua said she grew up in Puerto Rico and going to the doctor for check ups was not normal for the culture there.  “It’s not instilled, you know, in your education,” Paniagua said.

The moms were given information from all of the organizations and they took home some goodies for their future children.  The Syracuse Community Center collected donations for these expecting moms.  Molina Health also held a raffle for the moms where they could win strollers, car seats, and other items they may need for their newborn.

Tiffanie Roberson, who was attending the shower for a second time, said she found the event to be beneficial during her pregnancy.

“It helps you out if you need clothes and stuff and you find out new information before you have a baby, like things you need or things that will help your child in the long run,” Tiffanie Roberson said.