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WIC baby shower educates expectant mothers

April 30, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Nine mothers-to-be heard valuable advice about child rearing from a family doctor and were shown how to save money by making their own baby food Friday during a baby shower sponsored by the WIC program in Waynesboro.

WIC, for Women, Infants and Children, is a national special supplemental food program established in 1975. The regional office covers Adams and Franklin counties with offices in Chambersburg and Waynesboro.

At first the program served low-income mothers. It has since expanded to include middle-income families, said Maria Keyes. She and Angie Peck serve as outreach coordinators for the program.

A family of four can have an annual income of $30,000 and be eligible for WIC programs.

Rebecca Hunt was among the women attending the baby shower at the Waynesboro Presbyterian Church. She is pregnant with her second child.

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Hunt took part in a taste test between a jar of store-bought baby food and a recipe that the pregnant women watched Keyes make from a chicken leg, carrots and potatoes in a blender.

Hunt tried both. "This just tastes like old chicken," she said of the food from the jar. "The other tastes like it's homemade. It tastes like stew," she said. Hunt said she always made her own baby food at home.

The second to try it was Shondale Green, who is expecting her "first and last child," she said.

"It's so bland," she said of the food from the jar. "This is actually good," she said of Keyes' recipe.

Dr. Gregory Lyon-Loftus from Mont Alto Family Practice talked about what women can expect from motherhood.

One of the most difficult times is when mothers leave their babies to return to their jobs. The separation means missing milestones as their babies grow. "You won't be there for their first step, their first word," he said.

Lyon-Loftus suggested that they have their baby sitters keep a record of such events, on video, in photographs or a scrapbook. "It will become very precious to you later," he said.

Hunt said she chooses not to work so she can stay home with her children. "It's the best decision I ever made," she said.

Information on WIC can be obtained by calling 1-717-263-0802.

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