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Public Health Department Hosts Community Baby Shower

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Hundreds of new mothers, fathers, and soon-to-be parents came together for one big baby shower Saturday.

The Metro Public Health Department hosted this year's "Incredible Baby Shower" at Tennessee State University's Gentry Center. Just like a personal baby shower, there were gifts handed out, including diaper bags filled with baby items and other goodies. The event was all free and featured a wealth of information for those new parents with helpful tips on having a healthy pregnancy and parenting skills.

"This is critical because if you start life healthy, you're more likely to have a healthy life throughout," said employee of the Metro Public Health Department Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge. "Whereas you start with a deficit, it's really hard to catch up. So by providing this information to the community now, to moms before pregnancy, we have the opportunity to improve birth outcomes for the whole community."

The local health department started this event 20 years ago.

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