New moms and their babies drop in at the Summerland Health Centre on Fridays to meet one another and pick up advice.
The mothers can ask public health nurses questions about baby care and development. They also help choose the topics for presentation, which have included fire safety, baby massage, introducing new foods, infant development, sneezes and sniffles, infant development and dental hygiene.
Organized by public health nurses Shannon Spear-Obirek and Stephanie Welsman, the session is offered from 10 a.m. to noon each Friday except holidays. Usually between six and 12 mothers attend, with babies between the newborn stage and one year of age. They have the opportunity to ask specific questions, as well as network and visit with other mothers. Parties, cookie exchanges and friendships have resulted.
More information is available from the health centre at 250-404-8050. Callers can ask to be added to an email list for news about the mom-baby program.