ST LOUIS (Sept. 1, 2017) – Whether parents take turns, negotiate terms or play rock-paper-scissors, the diaper change is certainly one of the less glamorous sides of parenthood. But once the dirty work is done, being able to grab a fresh diaper from the pack is something many new parents take for granted.
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, one in three families in the United States is affected by “diaper need,” or the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep their baby clean, dry and healthy. Diapers cost about $1,000 per year per for one child, which can place a significant strain on low-income families.
To help address this often overlooked need among expecting families, Missouri Baptist Medical Center will donate one pack of diapers to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank for every tour it gives of the Childbirth Center over the next year. The diaper donation begins September 4 and runs until Labor Day 2018.
“There is virtually no public assistance provided to help families in need purchase diapers and we see that need, first-hand, in our community,” said Jessica Adams, founder & executive director of St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. “New parents have so many decisions to make, but no parent should have to face the choice between diapers and food.”
The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank supplies diapers to 18 nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis area, which then distribute the diapers to families in need. In 2017, the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank will distribute over half a million diapers through partner agencies, serving over 15,000 children.
“Clean diapers are essential to a child’s overall health and wellbeing, from newborns to toddlers,” said Joel Koenig, M.D., chief of pediatrics at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “Children should not be in a soiled diaper for a long period of time and without access to clean diapers there is an increase in chronic diaper rashes, staph infections and urinary tract infections.”
Tour guests will be able to leave their mark on a banner at the MoBap Childbirth Center, which will help tally the total number of packs of diapers donated.
“We love welcoming expecting parents to our Childbirth Center for tours, because meeting our amazing nurses really makes the moment real for future MoBap families,” said Pam Brouder, RN, MSN, director of women and infants at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “Now our parents-to-be will know they are directly supporting parents in need, simply by visiting us.”
To schedule a tour of the MoBap Childbirth Center and support the campaign, visit MoBapBaby.org/Tour or call 314-996-5433.
About Missouri Baptist Medical Center:
Missouri Baptist is a 489-bed acute-care hospital located in west St. Louis County and offers a full continuum of medical and surgical services, specializing in heart, cancer, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, neurological/spine and women’s health services. Its newly renovated Childbirth Center offers a personalized birth experience for families, with support from the only Magnet®-recognized nursing team in St. Louis County. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit partners with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Neonatologists and Pediatricians.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States and the largest employer in St. Louis. Based in St. Louis, BJC serves residents in Missouri and southern Illinois through its 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations.
About the St. Louis Diaper Bank:
The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, exists to help strengthen low-income families in the St. Louis region by ensuring access to an adequate supply of diapers and by raising awareness about the causes and consequences of diaper need in our community. Diaper Need Awareness Week is September 25 to October, 1, 2017 working with area partners on collecting 200,000 diapers, for more information: stldiaperbank.org,