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By Curt Yeomans

Jonesboro resident Shashona Houston proudly proclaimed on Wednesday that the day marked the 35-week anniversary of the conception of her first child, her unborn daughter. The child, she said, is due to be born in August.

But, at the same time, the first-time mother said there is one thing that is constantly on her mind -- the child's health, even though she did not indicate any health concerns to be worried about.

"It's very important to me," Houston said. "That's my No. 1 thing that I think about on a daily basis. I want to make sure there are no complications."

Houston was among the more than 80 people, including several children and expectant mothers, who attended a "Community Baby Shower," hosted by health plan provider company, Amerigroup Community Care, at the Clayton County Library System's headquarters branch, on Wednesday.

The attendees spent an hour-and-a-half playing baby-related word games, and hearing presentations from different community groups whose services range from couples counseling, to health care.

"The purpose of the 'Community Baby Shower' is to provide new mothers with information that they will need to know about health care," said Lorna Reed, a senior marketing representative from Amerigroup Community Care. She oversaw the baby shower, and explained it was also a marketing tool that Amerigroup uses.

"We want to educate new mothers on Medicaid benefits that are available to them, such as pre-natal care and post-partum care, and we [also] want to educate them on Medicaid benefits for their families, so they don't go under-utilized," Reed added.

Some of the types of health care plans available to low-income, expectant and new mothers, Reed said, include Amerigroup, pregnancy Medicaid (which lasts up until two months after the child is born), newborn Medicaid (which expires on the child's first birthday), and Peach Care for Kids.

Riverdale resident Shontavious Ahmad, who is seven months pregnant with a baby girl, said she enjoyed the baby shower, and found it educational. She attended the event with her daughter, Eriana Houston, 4.

"With her [Eriana Houston], I used Amerigroup as well, but I didn't know about many of the additional benefits that they offered until now," the mother said.


spencerid 1 year, 8 months ago

It's important to know how to organize a baby shower, but my personal advice is to find a close friend or a relative to deal with the party's organization. You should enjoy it, not to stay all day and night to think what to do to be a perfect party. The only task for you is to make a presents list, to guide our guests what kind of gifts you really need. For instance, write down: Steelers baby clothes, breast pump, bottles, diapers, stroller, crib and so on.


spencerid 1 year, 7 months ago

These moments are so precious, but they are going too fast. I remember with great pleasure mines. Now my son has four years old and he goes daily to the Thornton CO day care. I miss those days we spent all day at home together.


OscarKnight 1 year, 7 months ago

Spencerid; I had no idea that you was a woman.


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