Reception, book sale next week as Stork's Nest celebrates 19th year

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The Stork's Nest program will celebrate its 19th anniversary with a reception on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Durham Outpatient Center west atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the celebration, Books Are Fun will be in the west atrium all week.

Items available will include: children's books, cookbooks, general interest books, New York Times best sellers, stationery and scrapbooking, music, gifts for all ages, early learning products, and children's educational products. Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Stork's Nest.

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Book sale hours next week are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Since 1992, the Stork's Nest has served more than 7,000 women in the Omaha area. The Stork's Nest mission is to help give babies a healthier start in life and strives to encourage self-esteem and parenting skills by providing incentives for healthy behaviors.

The Stork's Nest serves mothers who are pregnant or parenting a child younger than two years of age and meet income guidelines. Women are referred to the Stork's Nest by a health care provider and earn points by demonstrating healthy behaviors, such as attending doctor visits, smoking cessation, breastfeeding, and completing educational programs.

"Mothers are able to redeem the points they've earned from following a healthy lifestyle and getting regular prenatal care to purchase maternity or baby clothes and nursery items," explains Bridget Brown, the Stork Nest's coordinator. "Oftentimes they need the basics, like diapers or bottles. Others save their points to get larger items like digital ear thermometers or breast pumps," she continued.

A national program, Stork's Nest is sponsored locally by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the March of Dimes in conjunction with The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC. The Stork's Nest is located on the fourth floor of the Durham Outpatient Center at the Olson Center for Women's Health and UNMC Physicians Baker Place. Hours vary for each location.

For more information about the Stork's Nest, click here or contact Bridget Brown at 402-871-7640.


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