Annual Community Baby Shower Educates Families and Connects Them to Local Resources
More than 200 new or expecting parents and their families attended the 15th annual “Oh Baby! It’s a Baby Shower” on April 2 in Morehead. Held each year on the first Saturday in April, this community event aims to inform and educate new parents about a variety of issues related to pregnancy, child birth, and infants.
Community organizations from across northeastern Kentucky attended the event, setting up more than 50 educational booths to provide information to participants. Attendees gained knowledge about resources available to them in their communities, as well as tips on having a healthy pregnancy and caring for newborns.
“Without the participation of local businesses and organizations in our community, the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center and St. Claire Regional Medical Center wouldn’t be able to host this event each year,” said KaSandra Hensley, education coordinator for the NE KY AHEC. “They provide so much great information to help new or expectant parents, and we’re grateful for their continued support.”
Nearly 150 people took advantage of the two educational sessions presented by health care providers from St. Claire Regional Medical Center. Morgan King, an occupational therapist, conducted a 30-minute session on muscle aches and pains during pregnancy. The program gave an overview of common musculoskeletal changes and interventions during pregnancy, and discussed appropriate exercises. Dr. Logan Murphy, a resident with St. Claire Regional Family Medicine, presented a 30-minute educational session designed to equip expectant mothers with knowledge and practical tips on eating healthy and staying active during pregnancy. Participants learned about healthy weight gain, nutritional requirements, and safe means of exercise.
For the past several years, the Morehead State University Imaging Science department has offered free ultrasounds during the event, giving parents a sneak peek at their little ones. This year, the sonography booth was one of several recognized for outstanding quality, winning the Most Informational award. Other winners included “Sweep Snaps by Tiffany” by Tiffany Banks, winning Best Decorated; “Mooove Over Formula” by the Gateway District Health Department, winning Most Creative; and “Shaken Baby Syndrome” by Morehead State University’s ADN Nursing Program, winning Best Student Booth.
Door prizes, given away throughout the event and at the end of the educational sessions, were donated by many area businesses and organizations. Car seats, strollers, bassinets, and more filled the stage, all going home with lucky winners.