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Ripon Medical Center hosts baby fair May 13
April 22, 2014

Even with all the joy and anticipation pregnancy can bring, it is not uncommon for a mother-to-be to have some questions and concerns - questions not only about changes to expect throughout her pregnancy, but also concerns regarding the care of her body to ensure the health of her unborn child.

Ripon Medical Center is hosting a baby fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 to provide information that covers what women can do to care for their body while pregnant, but also some of the changes their body will go through in preparation of delivery, and much more.

The free event is scheduled at Royal Ridges, 1 Westgate Drive, Ripon. Providers from Ripon Medical Center’s Obstetrics & Gynecology services will be available for an evening of education, addressing questions, and sharing important information every expecting mother should know.

Steven Sheppard, DO, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist at Ripon Medical Center, will be at the Baby Fair for participants to meet.

“Once the shock of the news begins to wear off, it's important to think about your lifestyle and health habits during pregnancy,” according to Dr. Sheppard. “There are steps women should take to help keep themselves and their developing child healthy in the months to come.”

The event will also feature infant massage demonstrations. “Parents have always loved touching and stroking their babies, and babies love to be soothed and cuddled,” says Dr. Sheppard. “Part of a baby's emotional and neurologic development comes from the interactions of touch and feelings of security it offers. Infant massage - a technique of stroking and gently rubbing the baby's limbs - is believed to relieve stress for parents and babies, which can help with sleep, and provides one-on-one time for bonding and communication.”

Participants will also meet Ripon Medical Center’s two women & infants/pediatrics nurse practitioners who care for newborns after birth while in the hospital, Alisa Vaughn, CPNP-PC, and Cynthia Blaylock, APNP. In addition, Agnesian HealthCare lactation consultants - Jodi DeMaa, RNC, MSN, IBCLC, and Rita Parker, RN, BSN, IBCLC - will share the benefits of breastfeeding to both mom and baby.

Information about pertussis, or whooping cough, will be shared, along with a virtual tour of Ripon Medical Center’s birthing unit.

To register for this new event, visit rmcbabyfair.eventbrite.com, or call Journeys: a health resource center at (920) 926-4960.

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