AveNEWS: Maternal Wellness Center Cuts Back

We have all seen the signs of our poor economy on the avenue, literal “closing” signs, that is.  Among many other closings of beloved local storefronts, we have seen Reese’s Pharmacy, Caruso’s Market, and What a Girl Wants close their doors.  And now the Maternal Wellness Center in Mt. Airy is feeling the effects of this economy also.

The center is not closing, but over the month of January, they will be phasing out their entire retail stock.  And they will be cutting back on hours as well, now only opening their doors when classes, groups, or services are scheduled.  If you haven’t been to the MWC, stop by some time this month to take advantage of sales of 20-30% off all merchandise.  They have some wonderful items for mothers and children, many hand made by local artists and parents.  This is a great chance to buy up a stock of presents for baby showers and new baby arrivals.  And treat yourself!  
Choose from beautiful baby carriers, soft blankets, plush dolls, cloth diapers and covers, organic pregnancy body care, and much more.  And our very own Julia sells many of her unique children’s clothing line pieces there as well, Eieio.  Her dresses out other outfits (okay, I might be a bit biased, but really) are amazing.  I’m going to go by and get some myself.  And they also carry some of her tutus for little ballerinas to wear to class or just to strut around in.
And make sure to check out the center’s many wonderful support groups, classes, and services.  You can find just about anything you are looking for, from yoga classes for you to Spanish classes for your toddler.  If you are a new mother, you will benefit greatly from their support group for new moms.  And attend workshops about how to get your toddler to eat healthy foods or become certified in infant CPR.  If you’re expecting, sign up for a childbirth education course or attend their new pre-natal support group.  Or simply go for a nice massage.
Best of all, you will always know your money is going to a great cause.  The money goes right back to the center and to their Healthy Moms Initiative, which provides these services to parents who could not otherwise afford it.  So, the next time you’re there, consider giving a donation to this amazing resource for parents!  

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