Photo courtesy of Global Links.

Baby showers in the United States often follow a formula that involves games with baby food, diaper cakes and oohing and ahhing at miniature clothing at present-opening time. I know–I’ve had three of my own (and attended many others.) And while I love celebrating a coming birth with loved ones, wouldn’t it be great if there was another way we can commemorate the wonderful event? Perhaps something less cookie-cutter, less focused on baby gear … but equally fun.

Beers for Babes is just that.

A campaign by nonprofit Global Links that encourages everyone–not just moms and moms-to-be–to throw a party-for-a-cause or baby shower, Beer for Babes helps fund a program that improves maternal and infant health in third world countries.

The campaign launches with a fundraiser on August 30th from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Global Switchboard in Lawrenceville where attendees will enjoy beer and tacos and learn about Global Links’ maternal and infant health programs.

​”​Our goal for ​Beers for Babes is to raise awareness of Global Links’ work to help reduce the challenges that women face to give birth safely in Latin America,” says Angela Garcia, Global Links deputy director. “We felt the best way to engage some of our city’s dynamic young professionals in our work is by collaborating with a diverse range of partners including PUMP, Rotaract, Rukmini Foundation and other civically-minded organizations.”

Event attendees will pack bags of much-needed items for moms-to-be in Nicaragua where the infant mortality rate is over three times that of the United States. The bags will include diapers, baby clothes and other newborn supplies. These packages are used as incentive for women to seek prenatal care–ensuring maternal health improves survival rates for mothers and babies but often, mothers-to-be in poverty-stricken communities have to make the difficult choice of missing work and losing wages to be able to make prenatal visits.

“We are very excited about collaborating with Global Switchboard and over 20 partners to bring this event together,” adds Garcia. “It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the work Global Links does and how we can all have an impact on global and local health outcomes.”

To learn more about Beers for Babes, visit the Global Links site.

Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment. She is the Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where she writes about food and food policy. She writes about the intersection of food, health, innovation and policy.