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Program Mission
For many girls growing up in low-income environments, motherhood arrives too soon – often limiting choices and perpetuating the cycles of poverty. Children of teen mothers are at greater risk of childhood illness and lack of educational opportunities than their peers. We believe motherhood is a gift and a responsibility. The Well Mother, Well Baby Program is an educational and outreach initiative preparing pregnant teens for a healthy pregnancy and a bright future. Our aim is to empower our participants to develop healthy behaviors, make their own positive choices, and be the best parents they can be.

Expected outcomes include:
Weekly classes include:
  • Delivery of a healthy baby
  • Improved self-esteem for mother and child
  • Enhanced health and wellness knowledge and behaviors
  • Pursuit of a positive future

 

  • Labor & Delivery
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Parenting skills
  • Breast feeding
  • Infant massage
  • Financial management
  • Nutrition
  • Child safety

A Wider Circle provides each mom with a graduation baby shower at which she will receive basic need items for herself and her baby (cribs, strollers, diapers, clothing, etc.). After the final baby shower, the program continues on through the participants’ relationships with their mentors– experienced mothers who provide support, advice, and friendship during and after the pregnancy.

We currently offer programming in the following high schools: Kennedy High School, Richard Montgomery High School, Wheaton High School and Watkins Mill High School. In addition, we offer a monthly program at our Center the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12pm. All moms with young children are invited. If you are interested in leading a workshop or being a mentor, email lizanne@awidercircle.org.

The following items are needed for the baby showers. If you want to host a community baby shower, that would be great! Email Liz Anne and we will follow up.

Large Items
  • Pack 'n Play
  • Infant Car Seat
  • Stroller

Basics

  • Receiving Blankets
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Onesies
  • Socks and Hats
  • Laundry Detergent
  • 4 oz bottles and 8 oz bottles
  • Bibs
  • Pacifiers
  • Thermometer
  • Baby Wash/Shampoo
  • Baby Carrier

 

 

Health and Safety

  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Nursery Monitor
  • Nail Clippers
  • Drawer Latches
  • Safety Gate
  • Outlet Plugs

Miscellaneous

  • Diaper Bag
  • Hooded Bath Towel
  • Breast Pump Set
  • Pack 'n Play Sheets
  • Changing Pad
  • Childproof Plates
  • Childproof Spoons
  • Sippy Cups
  • Toys