In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19 over the past year and to support and reconnect with our community, the staff of Birthright St. Charles has instituted “Diaper Days” to pay it forward to pregnant and parenting families in need. We hope to help more families while also developing relationships, sharing our services, and bringing an extra smile to those who attend.
We are all familiar with the experience of feeling stressed out and stretched beyond what we feel capable of handling. In these instances, many of us turn to our friends or close family for connection, assurance, and a place to release and vent our frustrations or worries.
These trusted relationships play a crucial role in our lives, especially when we are dealing with stress. The truth is- we need each other. When a mom friend comes to you stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated, what are some helpful ways to respond and what is less than helpful to say?
If you are or have ever been a Birthright client or volunteer, you are likely familiar with the term “layette”, a mid-nineteenth century word commonly used in the United States to refer to a collection of clothing and accessories for a newborn child.
For a Birthright client, a layette (also referred to by us as a “baby care package” or “baby shower in a bag”) is a show of encouragement on behalf of the Birthright team to offer affirmation and support as she nears the end of her pregnancy.