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Baby boutique

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Since opening in September 2013, 498 new parents have stopped by the Baby Boutique to “purchase” brand new items for their babies.
Funded by generous grants from the Senator Gwen Howard, Lozier Corporation, the March of Dimes, the Omaha Community Foundation, the Amy L. Scott Foundation and Woodmen of the World, the Boutique stocks diapers, wipes, outfits, onesies and many other baby necessities.
The Baby Boutique is open two days a week and staffed by volunteers from the Friends of OneWorld. Last year, OneWorld provided prenatal care to nearly 1,200 women.
The Baby Boutique encourages women to seek early and consistent prenatal care while providing baby essentials that many of our families cannot afford. For example, the average newborn needs seven to eight diaper changes per day. At approximately $30.00 for a box of 80 diapers, the cost can be staggering for a young family struggling to make ends meet.
OneWorld prenatal patients receive OneWorld “bucks” by attending prenatal care appointments. These “bucks” are redeemable in the Baby Boutique for new baby items.
On a recent visit, Ruth Vasquez stopped in with her son Evan. Ruth is expecting another boy in May. She enjoys the Baby Boutique experience and said, “It’s a great motivation to make sure to come to appointments and classes, like Centering Pregnancy.”
Gloria Amemou had her first baby, Jayden, on March 18, and had nine “baby bucks.” She stocked up on diapers, wipes and bibs and said she was “very pleased with the selection. The clothes are super cute!”
Volunteering that day was Meredith Weitz, vice president of the Friends of OneWorld board. When asked why the Baby Boutique was important to her, she replied “I’m a mom of three and I know how challenging it is raising kids. This is such a great service for the patients. It encourages them to keep coming to their appointments and to take care of themselves and their babies.” Meredith went on to explain why she volunteers her time to work in the Boutique, “It’s fun to see people come in, anticipating their babies being born. This is a joyful time in their lives. It’s a wonderful way to give back.”

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