Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) witnessed heavy traffic and excited participants as it hosted the fourth annual Mommy & Baby Fair at Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester Campus, 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 MMH.
This year there were 29 booths, composed of informational booths as well as vendor booths. One of the best things about the Fair this year was that MMH, in collaboration with the Clay County Public Library, had set up a colorful Kids’ Area, where parents could leave their children while they went around the room at leisure.
This was the second time that passports were used at the Baby Fair. Each participant had to get their passports stamped by nine 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.
MMH 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, Michile Hacker, A.P.R.N., and Kristina Burchfield, A.P.R.N., were also present to answer questions and offer guidance to the parents. Their booths also held regular raffles for giveaways, and together with the MMH OB Department, the two clinics sponsored five 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 team had a delightful booth and provided information regarding the guiding principles of CREATION Health, especially during pregnancy. Right next to their booth, with lots of healthy fruits, was Kellie Gray, MMH dietician, leading a discussion concerning diet changes that promote better health in expectant mothers and newborns. Present with her was Megan Kunkel, diabetes educator at MMH.
University of Kentucky Healthcare was also present at the venue with the Blue Angels program, giving out information on high risk pregnancies. Other community representatives included the Extension Office, Cumberland Valley Health Department, Save the Children, all six Family Resource Centers, Red Bird Mission, and many more.
Intermingled with these informational booths, the vendor booths were a kaleidoscope of coltors! By popular demand, the MMH Gift Gallery also hosted a booth featuring baby accessories, stuffed toys, and Mud Pie brand clothing.
Adventist Health System | November 2016