What We Do
Our Car Seat Program
It is a requirement for discharge of an infant from a hospital that the family have a car seat in the car in which the baby will be transported. For the lowest income families, this can mean borrowing a car seat and later travelling with the baby without protection, or getting a used car seat that may no longer be adequate to protect the baby. Until recently, Natividad with third party support provided about 30 car seats a year to families with the lowest means--and each of these families also received one of our baby bundles.
When the third party funding for the car seats ended, the Christ Child Society determined we should fill the gap. In 2022, we are prepared to help 60 babies go home from Natividad in top of the line Graco 4-in-1 car seats installed for safety by the Salinas Fire Department before the baby's birth. This car seat will protect the baby from his or her first car ride until they age or weigh out of a car seat, saving the family from having to purchase bigger car seats as the baby grows. Each baby to receive this lasting gift will also receive one of our baby bundles.
PIcking up Car Seats from Costco
Delivering Car Seats to the Salinas Fire Deparment
Natividad Medical Center
Salinas Fire Department
“We appreciate the Christ Child Society of Monterey Bay and its consistent commitment to babies at Natividad over the last 4 years. The families who receive the Christ Child Society bundles are the most under-resourced of our clients, and for them these bundles are not only necessary but convey to them a sense of caring and support at what can be a vulnerable time. It makes all the difference in the world that, thanks to this new program, we can now offer many of these families a top-of-the line car seat which the Fire Department will ensure they know how to use and install. We are very happy to move forward with this new partnership in 2022 and believe it will promote health, safety and well-being in our community.”
April Ritchie, Director of Women's and Family Services, Natividad Medical Center