ACH celebrates mothers with Baby Fair
Alliance Community Hospital brought Mother's Day to the city one day early, hosting a free Baby Fair from noon to 4 p.m. on May 12 in the hospital's main discharge area.
"We're so thrilled to have had such a terrific turnout," said Marianne Sevcik, RN, BS and director of Obstetrics at ACH.
Sevcik explained that the health fair was intended to give new important health information about the birthing process to expectant parents, as well as those of toddlers and any other folks who are considering becoming parents. "We have conducted more than 30 tours of the OB ward today. We're always happy to show people around the Birth Place," she said.
"Prenatal care is crucial to the health development of a baby, so we wanted to be sure to offer lots of useful information to those who stopped by," Sevcik said.
About 100 community members turned out for the event, which included representation from seven baby and child/health product companies. Many of the vendors offered free giveaways and health information to attendants.
The displays reflected services ranging from infant photography to baby formula, car seat and home safety products, as well as information on lactation, childbirth classes, parenting/life coaching tips and snacks and prizes.
In total, eight prizes were given away at the event. Prizes included a Pack'n'Play donated by the Alliance Children's Clinic, a car seat donated by Alliance Obstetrics Inc., a breast pump donated by Dasco Home Medical Equipment, a store gift card donated by Elder-Beerman, a gift basket donated by the Alliance Pregnancy Center, one free session from Cockrill's Studio and one free session from Jennifer Madden Photography.
"We saw so many people coming through for all four hours of our health fair. Perhaps next year, we'll be able to increase the scope and size of the event, but for now, we're just glad we were able to reach so many folks in an afternoon," Sevcik said.