Community Baby Shower designed to inform families, avoid infant abuse



CHERRYFIELD — A Community Baby Shower? What’s that all about? The concept comes from the Washington County CAN Council based in Machias. “The CAN Council goal,” said Community Coordinator Mandie Pepperman, “is to prevent child abuse and neglect” in Washington County.

“One way we do that is by providing information.”

Maine Seacoast Mission Service Program Director Wendy Harrington and Community Resource Coordinator Megan Burgess, in a discussion with Pepperman, decided “one way to provide information” is through a Community Baby Shower at the Mission’s Downeast Campus.

According to Pepperman, “New babies are our highest abused population.” The Community Baby Shower aims to prevent or stem such abuse.

An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure. “We want to reach parents prenatally, offer a little bit of training, and make it fun with baby shower games and prizes,” Pepperman explained.

The Community Baby Shower welcomes expectant moms, but also their partners, and people within families serving as caregivers. The people, said Pepperman, “with the most impact on a newborn baby’s development.”

The CAN Council’s goal is to have quarterly Community Baby Showers throughout Washington County.

The Mission Downeast Campus Community Baby Shower is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, from 1-3 p.m. at 39 Weald Bethel Lane, Cherryfield. The shower hosts are asking people planning to attend to RSVP by calling or texting 263-5270.

For more information contact Pepperman at 255-8273, or Burgess at 546-4466.