Activities & Events


Pregnant? You are invited to a party in your honor. Register to receive important information in the mail about pregnancy nutrition and how to support your baby’s brain development. Then we’ll send you a link to Zoom and we’ll talk about what you received in the mail. After participating in this shower and completing a survey, you will have gifts delivered to your door (backpack/diaper bag, digital thermometer, diapers, wipes and more).”

If no shower dates are shown, you can have your name put on a waiting list for an upcoming shower by contacting

ENGLISH-SPEAKING SHOWER: Cassie Odland,, 515-446-8477

SPANISH-SPEAKING SHOWER: Rosa Gonzalez,, 515-490-2298


Upcoming Healthy Baby Showers via ZOOM

For ENGLISH SPEAKERS living in Polk County, IA

October 7 – via Zoom, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

To register text or email: Cassie Odland,

Another 2021 shower for English speakers is tentatively scheduled (6:30 to 7:30/8) for December 9 (shower location TBA). English-speaking showers tentatively scheduled for 2022 are February 10, May 12, July 21, September 22, November 17 and December 17.

For SPANISH SPEAKERS living in Polk County, IA

November 3 – via Zoom, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Our next 2021 shower for Spanish speakers is scheduled for November 3 via Zoom.

To register, text or email Rosa Gonzalez, 515-490-2298.

Held in partnership with Polk County Extension for pregnant women and their husbands, partners and interpreters. Experts share information on making healthy choices, nutritional needs, and foods to avoid while pregnant. When held at a Des Moines location, healthy foods are served and attendees receive a baby backpack filled with useful infant items ($100 value). Showers accommodate both English and Spanish speakers in alternate scheduling. Participants must reside in Polk County.

Shower Backpack & Healthy Baby Items Underwritten by Polk County.
Mochila para la ducha y Healthy Baby para bebés respaldados por el condado de Polk


PaCT (Parents and Community Together) Parent Cafes

PaCT activities and mailing suspended at this time.

Held with new moms to build community and provide developmental information and create awareness of community resources. Parent Cafes accommodate both English and Spanish speakers in alternate scheduling. A pertinent gift for attending is always provided.

In March, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a face-to-face interruption of the organization’s Healthy Baby Showers and PaCT (Parents and Community Together) Parent Cafes. N4YC continually reached out to pregnant women and new moms during this time of social isolation.

Healthy Baby Showers are now held via Zoom in both English and Spanish.

PaCT moms received monthly mailings filled with useful information for food and diaper resources and other pertinent needs of mothers of infants and small children. Several agencies and other organizations that support low-income mothers of infants and children up to 5 collaborated with N4YC to provide such essential resources.

Supported by Nutrition 4 Young Children, City of Des Moines Housing Services, Count the Kicks Des Moines Public Library, EveryStep, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Polk County, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Polk County, Polk County Early Childhood Iowa, P.S Writes, Primary Health Care, TS Media, WIC and other people who understand that the work you do as a parent is very important.

City of Des Moines Housing Services

Count the Kicks


Des Moines Public Library

EveryStep Care & Support Services

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral

ISU Extension & Outreach

Lutheran Services in Iowa

Polk County Early Childhood Iowa

Primary Health Care

Polk County

Women, Infants & Children


Nutrition 4 Young Children
529 43rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies


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