Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) hosted its second annual Mommy & Baby Fair at EKU’s Manchester Campus on 26th August, to support new mothers and answer any questions they might have about their pregnancy or infants.
“Through our annual Baby Fair, we aim to encourage parents to become more informed on options for their baby’s physical, spiritual, and emotional health and happiness, from pregnancy to delivery and through the tender, new years of life. With education, parents can be empowered with information, inspired to make the right decisions for their family,” said Hurriyat Ghayyur, marketing director at the hospital.
This year at the Fair, there were 18+ 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 local Library, had set up a colorful Kids’ Area, where parents could leave their toddlers with an able staff, 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.
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, Dr. Sandra Murphy and Dr. Patricia Burke 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 4 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. She also gave an interesting demo titled “Smoking Suzie” to show how a mother’s smoking habit affected the unborn child. Morgan also invited the attendees to have a “Healthy Break” with her, in the form of fruit cups and water bottles with CREATION Health tags on them, giving specific health messages. Right next to her, with lots of healthy snacks for both the adults and babies, Kellie Gray, the hospital’s Dietician, lead a discussion concerning diet changes that promote better health in expectant mothers and newborns. She also displayed some interesting facts via visual aids like how one pound of fat looked, felt and weighed, and some sugar test tubes to show how much sugar was in items of our daily consumption.
However, the Mommy & Baby Fair wasn’t just for new or expectant mothers. Women interested in becoming mothers, whether by birth or adoption, were able to receive the information that they needed, with The Helping Hand organization on site to answer questions about adoption. The Health Department, with their WIC and HANDS programs were also present to educate the community on their programs.
Intermingled with these informational booths, the vendor booths were 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 donated by Walmart. Dobson & Keith offered beautiful wares at the booth as well and did raffles. By popular demand, the MMH Gift Gallery also hosted a booth featuring baby accessories, stuffed toys, and Mud Pie brand clothing.
As expected, the highest traffic zone was the Photo Corner, where a professional photographer had set up to offer free photo shoots to all mommies, expectant mommies, babies and children. The other highly frequented booth was the Massage booth, which offered free massages to all women!
For more information on the upcoming community events by Manchester Memorial Hospital, call at 606-598-1095
**Published in The Manchester Enterprise**