Also in Your Town: Bafe Cafe unites Flagler mothers
PACC elects new board of directors
The new board of directors for the Portuguese American Cultural Center in Palm Coast was elected Jan. 15 in a general assembly meeting in the presence of 200 members:
President: António Amaral
Vice presidents: Amélia Da Conceição, Joe Costa, Manny Costa and Manuel Pereira
Treasurers: Célia Pedro and João Costa
Secretaries: Fernanda Pereira, Maria Silva and Rosa Costa
Directors: Adoindo de Moura, Alice Polónio, Augusto Polónio, Filipe Tavares, George DaConceição, Ilda Pereira, Jack Gonçalves, José Rosa, Júlio Pereira, Lena Esteves, Manuel Glória, Manuel Goulart, Palmira de Moura and Paulo Amaral
Bar Manager: Fernando Estevam
President: Isabel Conde
Vice President: Ana Paula de Almeida
Secretary: Manuel Matias
Disciplinary Committee: Duarte Correia, Kenny Real and Paulo Rodrigues
On Dec. 10, 2019, and again on Jan. 14, 2020, a group of new mothers and their babies met at a local Starbucks in Palm Coast to get out, learn more about breastfeeding, meet other moms and have some fun as part of the Baby Café, a new monthly support group sponsored by the Flagler County Health Department and its Women Infants Children program.
Belisia Velez, a health support technician and breastfeeding peer counselor for DOH-Flagler, explains why she and her colleagues wanted to create a support group for new moms.
“Baby Café really stems from our collective experience as moms,” Velez said. “We wanted to give women, who are also our WIC clients, a monthly get-together they could look forward to. Having a baby is an amazing experience, and we want new moms to know they have our full support especially when it comes to breastfeeding.”
Felicia Danielle, who brought her daughter Lilly, found the support group useful.
“Mothers who choose to breastfeed are more likely to meet their breastfeeding goals if they have a strong support group," she said. "Baby Cafe offers that to Flagler County moms. This is where you can meet other women who share your journey and understand the difficulties you face all while receiving guidance from an actual lactation consultant."
Baby Café is on the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Starbucks on Belle Terre Boulevard and State Road 100 in Palm Coast. It is free and family members are welcome. Call Rochelle Stone at 313-7017.