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First Ever 'Mommy & Baby Fair' A Big Success!

Manchester Memorial Hospital hosted the Mommy & Baby Fair at EKU’s Manchester Campus on 23rd August to support new mothers and answer any questions they might have about their pregnancy or infants.  This was a first not only for the Hospital, but also for Clay County.

“Any questions women might have about any stage of pregnancy, their newborn, issues that can happen before and after birth with the baby or the mother were answered at the Fair by our OB/GYN physicians and the Clinic teams,” said Erika Skula, CEO. “Anything that had to do with babies – we had it there.”

An Information Area was set up at the event, which included nearly 15 information booths from community resources such as Wellcare, Kentucky Nutrition Education Programs, HANDS Program, WIC program, the Pregnancy Help Center and many others.

“This Mommy & Baby Fair was part social and part educational,” Skula added, “being educated in everything from the first hint of pregnancy through the labor is extremely helpful, so you’re not wondering what is happening or worrying if something is wrong.”

The Hospital staff could be seen conducting free health screenings and giving out information on childbirth classes, Kangaroo Care and other programs running at MMH.  Willowbrook Women’s Center and Manchester Pediatrics not only had booths there, but their providers, such as Dr. Ian Sink, Dr. Sandra Murphy , Dr. Poonam Singh and Barb Fee, APRN, were also present the whole day to answer questions and lead educational seminars.

 

The Vendor Area was a kaleidoscope of colors and textures! Vendors were not only selling their products at discounted prices, but also giving them away as raffle and door prizes throughout the event – including the grand prize of a Pack n Play, and a stroller and car seat set. 

The Demo Area saw the most traffic as it featured not only free massages but also a free photo shoot for babies and expectant mothers! Other highlights included fabulous prizes via raffle draws every 30 minutes, exciting door prizes and refreshments.

With the success seen this year, MMH aims to make the ‘Mommy & Baby Fair’ an annual event. “With multiple resources under one roof and available in a fun and friendly atmosphere, the fair is a wonderful way to reach out to so many parents in Clay County and surrounding counties, with information and education that is critical to the health of their children,” said Hurriyat Ghayyur, Director of Marketing at MMH. “The interest shown by the community, and the large number of attendees was very encouraging. We hope to make this bigger and better next year,” added Ghayyur.

 

For more information on the upcoming community events by Manchester Memorial Hospital, call at 606-598-1095

Published in The Manchester Enterprise