What is the Teddy Bear Den (TBD)?
- Teddy Bear Den is a Southern Utah University School of Business Professional Business Leadership (PBL) and March of Dimes community-based, prenatal health promotion program for low-income pregnant women that is implemented in collaboration with community based organizations. The program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components – incentives and education.
Why is the program needed?
- One out of every 9 babies in Utah in born too soon. Women who receive early and consistent prenatal care enhance their likelihood of giving birth to a healthy child. The TBD helps ease the burdens placed on low-income pregnant women by providing them with baby care items they could not otherwise afford. The program encourages women to receive adequate prenatal care, furthering the March of Dimes mission to reduce and prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.
How does TBD work?
- Teddy Bear Den clients “earn” points towards incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities: attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits, etc. Teddy Bear Den also provides prenatal education information, educational materials, and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies.
How can I help?
- We depend on items donated by community groups to stock the Teddy Bear Den. Interested groups can host a community baby shower to collect items for the Teddy Bear Den. Spanish-speaking volunteers are also needed.
What supplies are needed?
- Diapers and Wipes (Sizes 1-4 are always in highest demand)
- Baby Hygiene Items: Shampoo, Baby Wash, Lotion, and Diaper Rash Cream
- Baby Clothes (0-12 month sizes)
- Coats, Jackets, Winter Hats, Gloves and Mittens
- Socks, Hats, Shoes, and Sleepers
- Baby Care Items: Combs, Brushes, Diaper Bags, Bottles and Nail Clippers
- Soft Baby Carriers or Backpacks
- Blankets (any size or material) and Crib-size Bedding
- Cash Donations are always welcome!
- Please not that Teddy Bear Den cannot accept donations of formula, food, or used items.
Who can be referred to the TBD?
- Low-income pregnant women or have a baby less than 3 months of age
- On Medicaid, WIC or Baby Your Baby Program
Who can we contact about the TBD program?
- March of Dimes Utah Chapter 670 E. 3900 So., Bldg. 1-105, SLC, UT 84107 (801) 327-9464
- SUU School of Business PBL Representative-Randi Sorensen (435) 790-1851
- You may also fill out the form on your contact page.