Community Baby Shower provides information about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting
By Jessica Brewer, LMH Health
Audrey Poole speaks to an attendee at the Community Baby Shower on April 29, 2018. Photo by Mike Yoder/LMH Health.
Expecting a child can bring a rush of emotions. For Lawrence resident Audrey Pool, finding out she was pregnant with her first child brought a wave of fear.
“I was scared out of my mind,” Pool said. “With my first baby, we took classes offered at LMH Health and toured the birthing center. I knew nothing and had no social connections at that time, but the community support was so great.”
She remembers attending the Breastfeeding and New Parent Support Group at LMH Health and now, four babies later, she’s still learning. This spring, LMH Health wants to shower you with information all about pregnancy, childbirth, parenting and more at the third LMH Health Baby Shower, planned for 2-4 p.m. April 28 at the hospital.
“It is amazing to see the Lawrence community members come together to support families, new moms and caregivers,” Pool said.
Pool has attended and volunteered at the Parents as Teachers exhibit the previous two baby showers and plans be at the event April 28 as well.
“This shower is really for everyone,” Pool said. “This event is even for those who do not have a baby yet but want to learn more about pregnancy or childbirth.”
What to expect
• Reservations are not needed for the LMH Health Baby Shower.
• This is a family-friendly event, so yo are welcome to bring anyone you would like, including your children.
• The baby shower will be 2-4 p.m. April 28. Please use the Arkansas Street entrance.
• Tours of the birthing center will be 2:15-3:30 p.m.
• Free Tdap vaccinations will be available for adult primary caregivers.
The LMH Health Community Baby Shower will include multiple interactive activities and experts who will be able to answer your questions on a wide variety of topics. To qualify for our Pack ‘n Play door prizes, attend one of the ongoing mini-sessions on Safe Sleep practices, which will be conducted by a certified Safe Sleep Instructor.
“The shower is a blast,” Pool said. “You get to interact with the community, have the support of other moms and caretakers, and learn together how to be the best parent you can be.”
Beth Porter-Sakumura, LMH Health community outreach and engagement specialist, said the free event is a perfect opportunity to socialize, listen and learn.
“This event combines a lot of the resource information we offer in classes at LMH Health and puts them in one convenient location,” she said. “In the past, we have hosted more than 30 exhibitors. You will be able to learn about anything from pelvic health and perinatal/post-partum mood support, to baby wearing and safe sleep.”
This event is for the whole family, including dads and grandparents. The Healthy Dads program will be represented, and all dads or male caregivers are encouraged to stop by their table.
“One time, we had a dad come in and he was walking around alone,” Porter-Sakumura said. “We asked him what information he was looking for and he told us his wife was currently deployed and is pregnant, so he came to learn and be better prepared for when she came home.”
Jessica Brewer is an intern in the Marketing and Communications Department at LMH Health.