Womack Army Medical Center hosted about 400 expecting parents and new Families during the WAMC Maternity Fair in the clinic mall, April 21.
The goal of the maternity fair is to prepare moms and dads for delivery through childbirth education and informing them of services offered at the hospital.
“This was really nice. I’m new to the area and this was a chance for me to come and see all that Womack has to offer,” said 24-year-old, Esmerelda Sarabia and first-time mom.
The Army Community Service New Parent Support Program conducted free classes to a packed Family Medicine clinic waiting area on topics such as: Dad 101, Safe Sleep, Infant Massage, How to Sooth a Crying Baby and Baby Basics.
Sue O’Brien, New Parent Support Program manager and one of the class facilitators for the fair, was pleased with the turnout, with one class count totaling to about 70 attendees. “We have to look for a bigger room next year,” she said. O’Brien’s advice to new parents is to have patience with yourself, your spouse, and the new baby.
Some other educational booths included: anesthesia, car seat safety, Carolinas Cord Blood, nitrous oxide during labor, neo natal intensive care, labor and delivery tours, nutrition care, and women infant & children.
“We are bringing a lot of great services together for our military community to enhance the quality of life for human beings, some who have yet to be born. I love maternal child health,” said Col. John Melton, WAMC commander.
Parents interested in attending any New Parent Support Program classes can call (910) 396-7951. WAMC Labor and Delivery scheduled tours are available Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2 p.m. or by calling 910-907-7563. WAMC Prenatal Breastfeeding classes are offered Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., call (910) 907-8333 for more information.
For more coverage of the event, use the hashtag #WAMCMaternityFair on Facebook.