Oh, Baby! Celebrating First Year Moms

March 14, 2023

Two dozen mothers and moms-to-be who participate in our First Year education and resource program at the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic were celebrated on Sunday, March 12 with a program-wide baby shower. Held at the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center and staffed by volunteers from A Time to Help and other SAY Detroit supporters, the event also honored the program’s successful first anniversary.

Along with a light lunch catered by The Whitney and tea service from Fraser Tea, moms and their guests were treated to massages and manicures in the relaxation station, “shopped” for much-needed baby clothes and supplies, and connected with other moms in their community. That was important to Alea, a program participant who is 38 weeks pregnant. “I’m here to get the support I need, and make new friends and connections,” she said. The event was also an opportunity to increase awareness and provide information about the resources available to help create a safe and healthy first year for babies, and their caregivers.

“When we came in, it was great to see all of the decorations, and the photo booth, just for us,” remarked Mya, Alea’s sister and a program participant who brought their mother Dorian, a patient at the SAY Detroit Clinic. First Year moms wore ribbon corsages, pinned on when they checked in.

Mya also welcomed the chance to take some time for herself, while volunteers looked after her 1-month-old daughter. ”Before I leave, I’m going to get a massage!’’ Grandma Dorian was in awe: “This is amazing! … the whole thing — the guests, the sponsors and vendors, everyone!”

About a dozen children and infants who attended with their mothers were lovingly cuddled and cared for by volunteers, played at the kids craft station and enjoyed Victorias Cupcakes for dessert.

In lieu of traditional baby shower games, Detroit-based ethical and sustainable jewelry brand Rebel Nell organized a mural experience, encouraging guests to write and draw art about motherhood and the program. The finished mural will be displayed at SAY Clinic. Alexis Harvey, who runs the First Year program, also served as emcee, announcing raffle winners throughout the afternoon. Prizes included a Fraser Tea gift set, gift certificates to H&M Hair Studio, and self-care and skincare gift baskets from Glo-Girls, Melted, and other donors.

As a final treat, guests visited the gift “suite,” taking home an oversized favor bag filled with diapers and other supplies, and, if needed, a brand new baby stroller. SAY Detroit is grateful to the efforts of Ashley Plamp of Zatkoff Family Legacy Fund, who was instrumental in mobilizing donation efforts from companies like Bumble Baby and Detroit community-area moms who donated diapers, blankets, playmats and baby clothing.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and vendors mentioned above. We are also grateful to Sue Norander, Recreation Director of the City of Highland Park, and other SAY Detroit staff who all contributed their behind-the-scenes time and effort to make it a special day.