Activities & Events

Healthy Baby Showers

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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, arrangements are made for you to pick up a backpack/diaper bag filled with digital thermometer, diapers, wipes and more ($100 value).

ENGLISH-SPEAKING SHOWER: Cassie Odland,, 515-957-5794

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

2024 Upcoming Healthy Baby Showers

Both the English and Spanish showers will be held from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM :

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Monday, August 26, 2024 – An in-person event for both English- and Spanish-speaking parents  at the Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant Street in Des Moines
Wednesday, November 20, 2024

Showers are 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

Supported by Nutrition 4 Young Children, ACEs 360, 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, Mary’s Helping Hands, MercyOne/Doula What You Love, 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

Doula What You Love

EveryStep Care & Support Services

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral

ISU Extension & Outreach

Lutheran Services in Iowa

Mercy One

Polk County Decategorization

Polk County Early Childhood Iowa

Primary Health Care

Polk County

Women, Infants & Children


Nutrition 4 Young Children
The Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant Street, Ste. 249, Des Moines, IA 50314

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies


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