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Heavy Traffic Witnessed at Manchester Memorial Hospital's Third Annual 'Mommy & Baby Fair'

Manchester, KY: Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) witnessed heavy traffic and excited participants as it hosted the third annual Mommy & Baby Fair at EKU’s Manchester Campus on 28th May, to support new mothers and answer any questions they might have about their pregnancy or infants. 

“The Mommy & Baby Fair acts as an excellent source of information for future parents and families to learn about the community resources available to support them during this exciting time in their lives. With awareness and education, parents can be empowered and inspired to make the right decisions for their family,” said Hurriyat Ghayyur, marketing director at the hospital.

This year at the Fair, there were 30+ booths, comprising of informational booths as well as vendor booths. One of the best things about the Fair this year was that the Hospital, in collaboration with the Clay County Public Library, had set up a colorful Kids’ Area, where parents could leave their children and go around the room at leisure, while their kids were taken care of. The Kids’ Area not only boasted of customized furniture for the children but also a lot of coloring books, puzzles and games to keep the little ones busy. Dr. Patricia Burke, Pediatrician at the Manchester Pediatrics Clinic helped keep the youngsters busy with games and play dough modeling.

This was also the first time that passports were introduced at the Baby Fair. Each participant had to get their passports stamped by 12 booths in order to qualify for the door prize drawings. The booths included on the passport were from the hospital, community agencies and retail sector.

The hospital’s clinical 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 and Dr. Cecile del Mundo were also present during the Fair to answer questions and offer guidance to the parents. Their booths also held regular raffles for give aways, and together with the Hospital’s OB department, the two clinics sponsored 2 of the major door prizes.

Many other representatives from MMH were also on hand to educate and facilitate knowledge-seekers. The hospital’s CREATION Health Specialist, Morgan Bowling, had a delightful booth and provided information regarding the guiding principles of Creation Health, especially during pregnancy. Right next to her, with lots of healthy fruits was Kellie Gray, the hospital’s Dietician, leading a discussion concerning diet changes that promote better health in expectant mothers and newborns. Present alongside was Megan Kunkel, Diabetes Educator at the Hospital.

Intermingled with these informational booths, the vendor booths were a kaleidoscope of colors! By popular demand, the MMH Gift Gallery also hosted a booth featuring baby accessories, stuffed toys, and Mud Pie brand clothing. 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 donated by CHIQ Med Spa, who also gave away individual prizes at their booth. Walmart, Dobson & Keith, UK Angels’ Program and Clay County Fitness Center & Physical Therapy were some of the other prize sponsors.
Some of the other booths present at the Baby fair were:

• CCECC/Promise Neighborhood
• Chiropractic Health Solutions
• Early Steps to School Success
• Extension Office
• First Steps
• HANDS Program
• WIC
• Helping Hand
• Lactation Consultant
• Massage Therapy
• Old Homeplace Farm
• Red Bird Bone Density
• Red Bird Baby Pantry
• UK Angels
• Traceface Photography

The hospital would like to thank the vendors and everyone else who helped set up the baby fair and especially the volunteers: Tina Couch, Connie Farmer, Brenda Jones, Rena Davidson and Arlene Baker.

For more information on the upcoming community events by Manchester Memorial Hospital, call at 606-598-1095 or visit www.manchestermemorial.org.

*published in The Manchester Enterprise