Pay it Forward: St. Martha's Baby Project helps new moms, parents get back on their feet

Pay it Forward: St. Martha's Baby Project helps new moms, parents get back on their feet (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A program in northern Utah is all about supporting parents.

"Sometimes it's really just kind of another shoulder to lean on," said Maresha Bosgieter, the director for Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah.

It's called St. Martha's Baby Project, and it provides items for moms after leaving the hospital with new babies.

The gifts are called layettes, and include items like diapers, a "going home" outfit, pajamas, and more.

"It is really that special, fun gift just like they would be getting from friends and families in the hospital," Bosgieter said.

The project focuses on more than just babies. It also provides important classes for parents.

"It just gives an opportunity for us to help them gain some more skills as they move forward," said Bosgieter.

Moms and dads can learn about healthy relationships, budgeting, cooking, parenting skills, and more.

"They're wonderful here," said Amy Sears, who is a mother of four.

She recently started taking advantage of St. Martha's Baby Project, and has found a support system for her family.

"Having someone to be able to talk to about what's going on in your life or needing some advice with something going on in your life," she said.

The project helps many parents in different types of situations get back on their feet.

"Usually after a couple of successes, they start to feel like they can do it themselves," Bosgieter said. "They can get their self-confidence back."

The program relies on donations from the community to keep running. They are always looking for baby clothes, baby quilts, and other new items to give to parents.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help them buy the supplies they need.

If you'd like to help out, too, you can visit the St. Martha's Baby Project website.