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Published on November 04, 2018

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Photo by Mike Yoder

By Allison Koonce, LMH Health

LMH Health is hosting a baby shower, and you’re invited.

If you are a new parent, expecting parent or a grandparent, please consider joining us for the LMH Health Community Baby Shower, which will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 4, on the lower level of the hospital. Please use the Arkansas Street entrance.

“This is the second time we have hosted this event and we are excited to bring back some favorite activities and incorporate many new aspects,” said Cora Koch, a registered nurse who is a maternity navigator at LMH Health. “Many of our community partners will be returning, and a few new ones will be here, include Learning Quest 529 education savings program, resources for grandparents and information about healthy families.”

At this come-and-go event, participants can tour the Cindy Murray Family Birthing Center and attend short presentations on prenatal nutrition, interacting with your baby and tips for new dads. During these presentations and tours, attendees also can ask questions.

In addition, there will be demonstrations on labor positions, infant bathing and baby wearing.

“We wanted to highlight some of the topics we cover in our prenatal classes at LMH Health and give parents an interactive experience,” said Beth Porter-Sakumura, a registered nurse who is an LMH Health community outreach and engagement specialist.

Participants also will have a chance to register for LMH Health parenting and prenatal classes -- or they can visit www.lmh.org anytime to select a class and sign up.

As they did at the first shower, fathers can enjoy all the presentations and booths. “Sometimes dads need to a little encouragement and to begin their role. We can give them tools and ideas to feel empowered,” said Jery Marquez, a Healthy Dads coordinator at Lawrence Douglas County Health Department.

Marquez will give a presentation on “Becoming a Dad,” and the Dads of Douglas County group will be at the event discussing their upcoming activities for dads and children.

Among the LMH Health community partners who will be at the baby shower is the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department, which will offer pregnant women, spouses and caregivers the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine at no charge The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone around your baby is up-to-date with their whooping cough vaccine. Flu vaccine will be available for $37 during the fair.

The baby shower will feature more than 30 booths containing information from LMH Health departments and community partners. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about car-seat safety, childcare, breastfeeding, healthy food choices and many other topics important to babies and their parents, siblings and grandparents.

LMH Health also will provide light refreshments.


Allison Koonce is community outreach & engagement supervisor at LMH Health. She can be reached at allison.koonce@lmh.org.

You're invited

  • The LMH Health Community Baby Shower is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Please enter the hospital from the circle drive, which is in the 300 block of Arkansas.
  • The shower will feature light refreshments and lots of information from Lawrence Memorial Hospital and our community partners.
  • No registration is necessary for this free event.
  • For more information about the shower, contact Allison Koonce, community outreach & engagement supervisor at LMH, at 785-505-3081 or Allison.Koonce@lmh.org. If you can’t attend our shower but would like more information about having a baby at LMH, contact Cora Koch, maternity navigator, at 785-505-2728 or Cora.Koch@lmh.org.

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