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, 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


Upcoming Healthy Baby Showers via ZOOM

2023 Shower Dates

For ENGLISH speakers living in Polk County: Feb. 23, May 10, Aug. 16, Nov. 15 (May and August showers will be in person)

For SPANISH speakers living in Polk County: Feb. 16, May 3, Aug. 9, Nov. 1 (May and August showers will be in person)

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


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, 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, 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.

Blank Children's Hospital

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 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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