News from Hudson Valley Hospital Center on its annual “Art of Having a Baby” maternity fair on May 5.
Having a happy, healthy baby and a good birth experience can’t be left to chance. It’s something that takes planning.
“People spend months and years planning for their wedding,’’ said Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Maternal/Child Health at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “It’s important that couples understand that the decisions they make leading up to the birth of their child can make all the difference, not only for the health of their baby, but for the quality of their birth experience.’’
To help educate aspiring parents, Hudson Valley Hospital Center holds its annual “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair, which will be held this year on Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hospital lobby. This year’s theme: “Planning, Pregnancy and Parenting” will give couples practical advice on the road to parenthood even if they are not yet expecting, but just considering having a baby.
Nitkowski-Keever said that couples should do research on the type of birth they want and develop a birthing plan beforehand. When developing a plan they should consider birthing methods, midwives vs. obstetricians, pain management and the benefits of breastfeeding among other questions. Because birthing philosophies vary among hospitals and providers, it is wise to decide which philosophy best suits you before choosing a provider or a hospital.
The “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair can help prospective parents with all of these questions. The day will feature, financial planning advisers, workshops on pregnancy and parenting and tours of our Maternity Department, as well as a “Speed Dating” session with obstetricians and pediatricians. WHUD’s Kacey Morabito Grean will host a Maternity Fashion show sponsored by Kohl’s Department store and there will be a demonstration of the latest baby gadgets. More than a dozen vendors will offer everything from educational information to baby-related products and services. There will be a light lunch raffle prizes and giveaways.
For more information, call 914-734-3557 or read more at www.hvhc.org under Maternity or look for us on Facebook. Other sponsors of the day’s events are Strategies for Wealth, Margaret Rizzuto Photography, SafetyMom, CryoCell International and Origami Owl Custom Jewelry.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is the only hospital in Westchester and Putnam to be designated as a “Baby Friendly” Hospital by Baby Friendly USA. The hospital, which has a 90 percent exclusive breastfeeding rate, has received state and national recognition for its breastfeeding support programs. The hospital offers whirlpool tubs in every labor and delivery room.