2019 Diaper Green Bay Event

2nd Annual  Diaper Green Bay

July 17, 2019

Green Bay Doulas and House of Hope partner to raise awareness and collect diaper donations.

This past Saturday; July 13, 2019 at Ariens Hill, Green Bay Doulas and House of Hope hosted the 2nd Annual Diaper Green Bay. In addition to children’s activities, this community event brought together our many supporters and partners in order to raise awareness about family and childhood homelessness and the many families in need of clean and dry diapers throughout Green Bay.


Diaper Green Bay had some awesome activities for families and children to participate in during the event. Patty with Mom Tribe had a playdate on the playground, there was a photo booth with Shayna at @Amenson Studios taking professional photos, lots of fun raffle baskets, face painting, story time and pictures with Curious George and a mermaid even stopped by for some pictures!

Statistics

  • There are no government programs that assist in purchasing diapers.
  • Child abuse increases when families can not afford diapers.
  • Diapers cost about $100 per month.
  • Usually those in poverty have more than one child in diapers at one time leading to financial strain.
  • Babies in poverty are left in wet diapers longer to prolong the use, but in return end up with rashes.
  • Those in poverty don’t have transportation to big box stores. This means they are buying diapers at corner stores where the cost is marked up.
  • 1 in 22 children are homeless in the Green Bay area.
  • There are no diaper banks in Green Bay.

     Facts

  • Once a month families are able to come back to House of Hope after their 90 day period to pick up anything they might need. The number one item the women choose being diapers.
  • Because of Diaper Green Bay and the diaper donations received, if any other nonprofit in the area that House of Hope is partnered with needs diapers, House of Hope provides them with what they need. 
  • Since Green Bay Doulas has started to partner with House of Hope they have not had to use any programming money to buy diapers.

Diaper Green Bay would like to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield for the sponsor and Cellcom for being the supporting sponsor.

They would also like to thank Tiona Petrouske with State Farm Insurance for donating swag bags, Mom Tribe for hosting the playdate, all the drop off locations; LaJava Roasting House, Turning Point Chiropractic and Hobart Family Chiropractic. Diaper Green Bay is beyond thankful for everyone else who donated, helped out and volunteered. Follow DiaperGreenBay on Facebook to stay tuned for information regarding next years Diaper Green Bay!

I’m Pregnant, You’re An Asshole

 

Being pregnant is hard enough, read on for some friendly etiquette and tips to take note of while chatting with a pregnant friend. You’ll both thank us later!!

 

What not to say: WOW! You are so big!

Why? That comment stops being cute around 2nd grade. A pregnant mom is already quite aware she is growing a tiny human no need to point out her healthy bump!

Instead: You’ve never looked so happy and healthy! I’m so excited for you.

 

What not to say: Are you sure there’s not twins in there?

Why? Yes, I’m very sure, and if it was you would be saying, “ Are you sure it’s not triplets?” Your opinions are better left at home.

Instead: Gosh, that adorable bump looks great on you!

 

What not to say: You’re belly is so little! Is baby healthy?

Why? Pregnant moms have enough to worry about with what color to paint the nursery, scheduling their next appointment and so on. Filling her thoughts with “what if’s” isn’t helpful. All pregnancies are different and all moms-to-be carry their bundles differently.

Instead: Pregnancy sure looks great on you!

 

Fast forward to you 41 weeks pregnant, What not to say: Are you ready? Done waiting?

Why?( Look past the evil glare) this is common sense, yes she is ready! She has been ready, she cannot wait and, in labor, that comment might even get something thrown at you.

Instead: I bet your little one is just excited to meet you as you are to meet her! Keep up the great work mommy!

 

What not to say: Why haven’t you been induced yet?

Why? It’s not your birth, and you are not a medical provider so leave that choice up to the couple and their doctor.

Instead: You’re doing such a good job waiting on that little bundle, you’re going to make such a good mama!

 

What not to say: So, when are you having the next one?

Why? Think about it. She just gave birth and as a family they are learning their new norm. Or what if you’re talking to a friend with an older baby/toddler and this family has been trying for months or years already? What if they have suffered a miscarriage, but just aren’t ready to talk about it? When they are ready to expand their family, trust me they will fill you in when they are ready to.

Instead: You have such a beautiful family and you’re a really great mom ready!

 

What not to say:

Oh good, you’ve got one of each. That’s a perfect family, now you can stop having kids

Another boy? Hope you drink wine and have great insurance!

Another girl? Yikes, that’s a lot of hormones- just wait until they are teenagers!

Why? Gender disapointment is a real thing, others are happy with whatever they are blessed with, but some parents may already feel anxious or disappointed.

Instead: They will be great friends one day!

Coworker

While we’re at it, here are some comments to avoid saying to a pregnant co-worker…

Wow! You are still here!

You didn’t have the baby yet?

Wanna hear about my horrific birth?

Natural- you are crazy! Honey, take the drugs!

You want an epidural? Oh, I did it the old fashion way.

 

And, of course, some great things to say to a pregnant co-worker…

Glad to see you today!

I’m so excited for you!

Have you heard of a doula? ( you know we needed to put that somewhere)

I can’t wait to bring you a hot meal once baby is here.

Let’s go get a pedi- my treat!

 

Up next: things not to say to a new mother……here’s a tip- you look tired…..

 

By Emily Jacobson