African-American mothers from Richmond's Iron Triangle and other West Contra Costa neighborhoods can take advantage of information about support services, educational workshops, food and gifts at the second annual West County African-American Community Baby Shower from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave.
Everything is free at the event hosted by Contra Costa Health Services, including diaper bags and diapers and available on-site child care. There will also be drawings for car seats and layettes.
Although the event is primarily for pregnant African-American women and African-American mothers of infants in West County, all are welcome, and fathers and grandparents are encouraged to attend.
The event is meant to address disproportionately high rates of fetal and infant mortality, premature births and ill babies in the African-American population and improve birth outcomes and children's health.
Representatives of more than a dozen other community agencies and programs will offer information about available resources and instruction and education for attending families.
The Baby Shower is sponsored by Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, the Richmond Recreation Department, and Contra Costa Health Services' African-American Health Initiative.
Learn more about Contra Costa Health Services' efforts to promote health equity and address health disparities at
Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784.