Baptist Women’s and Children’s Hospitals Host First Baby and Children’s Fair

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital hosted their first baby and children’s fair to provide education and resources to current and expectant parents on Saturday, April 13. More than 175 people attended the event.

The baby and children’s fair featured demonstrations and the opportunity to talk to several maternal and pediatric experts to help prepare parents to welcome their newborns and address common health concerns for young children.

Baptist Children’s Hospital provided P.D. Parrot, Baptist’s pediatric mascot, and an interactive teddy bear clinic to normalize the hospital experience through medical play. Around 100 teddy bears were given out with about 60 certificates given for completed assessments.

Baptist Women’s Hospital offered labor and delivery and mother baby nurses to discuss stages of labor, comfort measures, and care for mom and baby. Pharmacists provided drug safety education, while respiratory therapists spoke about asthma and the dangers of secondhand smoke. Nutritionists provided education on breastfeeding; caring for picky eaters; and selecting healthy snacks for mom, baby and children.

“At Baptist Women’s Hospital and Baptist Children’s Hospital, it is important for us to help parents throughout their parenting journey,” said Allison Bosse, CEO and administrator of Baptist Women’s Hospital and Baptist Children’s Hospital. “Our network of resources extends beyond our team of doctors, nurses and specialists who provide prenatal, postnatal and pediatric care. We rely heavily on our community partnerships to help provide our patients with the full continuum of care.”

More than 40 vendors, including Pediatrician Groups, My Baby 4 Me, Dr. Melrose Blackett of Women’s Consultants OBGYN, Urogynecology Physical Therapists and Saving Lost Kids, participated in the health fair.

The day ended with the presentation of more than 60 door prizes to families. The prizes included car seats, diapers, strollers and several other helpful baby care items.