Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Teddy Bear Den

The Teddy Bear Den held its Grand Opening Celebration this past week at the CEC.  Here you can view a video from the opening, as well as obtain more information about the Teddy Bear Den.

What is the Teddy Bear Den?
  • Teddy Bear Den is a Southern Utah University School of Business Professional Business Leadership and March of Dimes community-based, prenatal health promotion program for low-income pregnant women that is implemented in collaboration with community based organizations.  The program is designed to a promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components- incentives and education.
Why is the program needed?
  • One out of every 9 babies in Utah is born too soon.  Women who receive early and consistent prenatal care enhance their likelihood of giving birth to a healthy child.  The Teddy Bear Den helps ease the burdens placed on low-income pregnant women by providing them with baby care items they could not otherwise afford.  The program encourages women to receive adequate prenatal care, further the March of Dimes mission to reduce and prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.
How does the Teddy Bear Den work?
  • Teddy Bear Den clients receive points that they can use towards incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities: attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits, etc.  Teddy Bear Den also provides prenatal education information, education materials, and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies.
How you can help?
  • We depend on items donated by community groups to stock the Teddy Bear Den.  Interested groups can host a community baby shower to collect items for the Teddy Bear Den.  Spanish-speaking volunteers are also needed.
What supplies are needed?
  • Diapers and Wipes (Sizes 1-4 are always in highest demand)
  • Baby Hygiene Items: Shampoo, Baby Wash, Lotions, and Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Clothes (0-12 month sizes)
  • Coats, Jackets, Winter Hats, Gloves and Mittens
  • Socks, Hats, Shoes, and Sleepers
  • Baby Care Items: Combs, Brushes, Diaper Bags, Bottles and Nail Clippers
  • Soft Baby Carriers or Backpacks
  • Blankets (any size or material) and Crib-size Bedding
  • Cash Donations are always welcome!
  • Please note that the Teddy Bear Den cannot accept donations of formula, food, or used items.
Who can be referred to the Teddy Bear Den?
  • Low-income pregnant women or have a baby less than 3 months of age
  • On Medicaid, WIC or Baby Your Baby Program
Contact Information
  • SUU School of Business PBL Representative 
    • Randi Sorensen (435) 790-1851

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