On Aug. 6, HPP’s Wellness Center welcomed very special guest and expectant mother Jennifer Newsom, the wife of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, to celebrate our third baby shower of the year.
The event was a memorable experience to wrap up the eight weeks of prenatal classes and included festivities such as games, delicious food, and gifts.
“Everybody felt happy that Jennifer came and were very impressed that she spoke Spanish,” Wellness Coordinator Nancy Frappier said. “It meant a lot for the mothers and families that Jennifer took the time out of her day to visit the baby shower.”
In a very generous gesture, the City’s First Lady plans to ask guests at her own baby shower to donate to HPP instead of giving her a gift. This was the first baby shower for many of these new mothers and families. Also, more fathers participated in prenatal classes than in previous years and were given special certificates to recognize their efforts. Two grandmothers also participated and were noted for their presence as well.
The baby shower could not have turned out to be such a smashing hit without the help of volunteers and several organizations. The San Francisco Quilters Guild donated baby quilts for the 40 pregnant and new mothers as well as Jennifer Newsom, who exclaimed how perfect the quilt will be for her African-themed baby room. Stacy Denney from Barefoot & Pregnant and her friend Kelly Kockos organized diaper bags to be given away to the mothers. The Production Ladies also volunteered their time and efforts. Finally, Wellness Center volunteers Marissa Venn, Vanessa Evers, and Mia Short, amongst others, all contributed their hard work and creativity in pulling off a successful baby shower for all!