The Baltimore Sun examined the issue of diaper need and highlighted a new diaper bank, diaperShare, that has formed to serve the community.
Tabatha Pettigrew never feels more humiliated as a mother than when diapers run low for her two youngest children and she has no money to buy more.
Anxiety builds and she stresses about how she can make what’s left last until her next $600 monthly public assistance check. The 32-year-old dreads the walk of shame when, as a last resort, she will knock on neighbors’ doors in hopes they have some to spare. Worst of all, she feels like an inadequate parent because she can’t provide such a basic necessity.
“It is a big issue if you don’t have diapers and don’t have money to get any,” said Pettigrew, who lives in a Baltimore transition facility for women with past substance abuse problems. “You just feel stuck.”
The article includes quotes from Lynn Erdman, CEO of AWHONN, the nurses organization leading the Wipe Out Diaper Need campaign to raise diapers and dollars for diaper bank programs and NDBN.
Families really suffer when they can’t afford an adequate supply of diapers,” said Lynn Erdman, a registered nurse and CEO of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, a group that has pushed for ways to ease what’s being called diaper need. “It has become one of those hidden needs in this country.
The full article is available here.