Originally the B.A.B.E. program was designed to help reduce the incidence of low-birth weight babies being born in Whitley County and provide prenatal education and encourage positive parenting. In 1997, the Indiana Department of Health released statistics stating that Whitley County was among the top 10 counties within Indiana with the highest number of low-birth weight babies. With Parkview Whitley Hospital providing the seed money and the Columbia City United Methodist Church offering a spot under the church's 501c3 umbrella and a building for free, B.A.B.E began serving Whitley County Families in August 2001.
Our mission is to provide quality incentives to parents who participate in preventive and prenatal care, including parenting, educational, and nutritional classes to promote healthy pregnancy, birth outcome, and early childhood development.
B.A.B.E provides incentives for pregnant women & families to consistently participate in partner programs and services provided that benefit the health and well being of infants and young children to ensure that the children are given the best possible start in life. Coupons earned can be redeemed for diapers, wipes, pull-ups, clothing, cribs, high chairs, shampoo, sippy cups, socks, and several other infant/toddler related items.
On December 3, 2010, Beds & Britches, Etc. became B.A.B.E of Whitley County, Inc. and was established as its own 501c3.
On July 6, 2011, B.A.B.E opened up Stages, our used clothing store. B.A.B.E provides infant/toddler related items for families either expecting or with children between ages 0-5. Stages has gently used clothing from sizes 0-juniors and maternity clothes. All earnings from Stages goes right back into B.A.B.E to purchase inventory.