Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 8, 2012) – Mother’s Day comes once a year, but being a mother is a 365 day-a-year-job. And mothers can use all the help they can get.
That’s where 2nd Annual “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair comes in. Whether you are already a parent, pregnant or just planning a family, it’s a day that should not be missed.
On Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hospital’s lobby will be filled with more than 30 vendors offering services from child care to photography to the latest in baby furniture and gadgets. The day will also feature tours of the hospital’s Maternity Department and workshops to educate parents on how to choose a birthing style that is right for them; nutrition in pregnancy and the importance of breastfeeding. Parents can talk to physicians and midwives who will be on hand to answer questions and there will be a children’s corner with activities for the little ones.
“Last year’s “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair was a huge success, and this year’s fair will be even better,’’ said Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Maternal Child Health at HVHC. “Our primary goal is to prepare expectant parents with important information they will need in planning their baby’s birth, but there will be many fun surprises as well. There will truly be something for everyone.’’
At the top of the list is a workshop by Child safety expert Allison Rhodes, founder of Safety Mom, who will discuss ways to keep children – from infants to teens – safe. Rhodes has appeared on many national television shows including The Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN International, CNBC Squawk Box, Good Morning America and The Doctors. She has addressed topics from household hazards to sports injuries and cyberbullying. Peekskill Police will offer car safety seat demonstrations.
The main event will be a Maternity Fashion Show hosted by WHUD’s Kacey Morabito Grean of “Kacey in the Morning” and sponsored by Kohl’s Department Store. There will be light lunch, giveaways and raffle prizes, including a crib and mattress worth more than $500 donated by I Luv My Kids in Cortlandt Manor.
The day will have a historical twist as well with a special exhibit on the “History of Having a Baby.” The exhibit will highlight maternity during the Hospital’s 120-year plus history with displays and photos from different eras and the dramatic changes in child birth customs over the decades.
Other sponsors of the day’s events are Tutor Time Childcare Learning Centers, Margaret Rizzuto Photography and the Westchester Medical Practice.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit www.hvhc.org.