New and expecting mothers all across the Mississippi Gulf Coast now have a brand new resource as they transition to parenthood.
The Baby Café is a support group at the Singing River Health System in Pascagoula. It’s designed to give new and expecting mothers and families a space to connect and receive resources on breastfeeding their children. SRHS Lactation Expert Tina Fritz said, “It can be hard to get good information. So, the purpose of the Baby Café is to give support for breastfeeding families as well as to share accurate information.”
Implemented with help from a CDC grant, the café is designed to be especially helpful for those who may not have a prior background in breastfeeding. “Not everybody comes from a family where mother’s breastfeed, so you know, there can be a mother who gives birth to a baby and maybe she wasn’t breastfed by her mother.”
Community and business leaders from the area were also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. They noted the importance of having a center like the Baby Café in the community. Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member Todd Trenchard said, “Having something like this, being the first of its kind is exciting. You can see the turnout today. There’s a lot of interest in our community of people to come out to see this for the first time.”
The hope is that this new resource will benefit mothers and families for years to come. “We are here to support every mother who wants to provide breast milk for her baby, no matter how she does that,” said Fritz.
The café is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month, as well as 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays.