Councilwoman Schipske Hosts Annual “Community Baby Shower;” Supports Perinatal Depression Awareness Month

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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske has partnered with Long Beach Cares, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and others for this year’s “Community baby Shower” to help some of Long Beach’s expectant mothers.

The Community Baby Shower is an annual event started by Councilwoman Schipske, a Registered Nurse Practitioner, in the late 1980s. The program collects donations of basic necessities for newborns. These items are placed into a diaper bag with education information and given to participants in Department of Health and Human Services programs by the City’s Public Health nurses.

This year, Councilwoman Schipske is working with the Junior League of Long Beach to provide information regarding Perinatal Depression to the women. The Junior League’s Perinatal Depression awareness campaign is titled “Speak Up When You’re Down,” and the Councilwoman presented the Junior League with a proclamation at City Council declaring May Perinatal Depression Awareness Month. Perinatal Depression encompasses major and minor depressive episodes that occur either during pregnancy or within the first 12 months following delivery and often goes undiagnosed.

You may still donate new baby items for the kits until 12pm, today, Thursday May 19th. Your donation is a tax-deductible donation to Long Beach Cares, a non-profit organization that raises money in support of local public health programs. Donations should be dropped off at:

Councilwoman Schipske’s Neighborhood Office
2760 Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90815

Please join Councilwoman Schipske and staff at the Community baby Shower and assist in assembling the kits on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 3pm at the Department of Health and Human Services located at 2525 Grand Avenue.

This event sponsored by:
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, Long Beach Cares, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Walmart, the Jewish Federation, Alpert Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family and Children Services

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