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‘Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms’ Baby Shower Celebrates Motherhood

Carthage Hospital Community Engagement Series Event Scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24

Carthage Area Hospital invites expectant mothers and fathers and women and men who are planning a family to its second annual “Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms” Baby Shower on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the hospital’s main campus courtyard, 1001 West St.

The open house-style event is part of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series and will feature information and education on a range of topics, including newborn and infant care and safety, breastfeeding, infant and mother nutrition, and postpartum and parent wellness.

A meet and greet with Carthage Area Hospital’s team of obstetrics and pediatric providers kicks off the evening. Attendees may also meet the obstetrics department nurse manager and tour the hospital’s one-of-a-kind maternity unit, which features private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care suites.

“This is a chance for mothers- and fathers-to-be, mothers of infants, and women and men who are planning a family to meet our exceptional team of obstetrics and pediatric providers while also learning about the many valuable resources available to them before, during and after a pregnancy,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of patient, community and employee engagement.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary light food and beverages will be served, including fresh fruit, vegetable, and cheese and cracker platters; grilled cheese, pinwheel sandwiches and baby quiche; water, assorted cupcakes and iced tea and pink lemonade. A raffle for several gift baskets is also planned.

Representatives from Martin’s Point HealthCare, the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council and Heartbeats for Madden will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about support, services and local resources.

Attendees should use the hospital’s main entrance. A staff member will escort guests to the baby shower after they check in at the main lobby.

Through the Community Engagement Series, Burnham said, hospital officials bring together residents and providers in a casual setting where people can personally engage with clinicians and ask questions without the time constraints of a typical medical appointment. The baby shower is the fifth of nine slated this year. Previous events have engaged more than 100 Carthage-area residents in heart heath, asthma, stroke, and men’s health.

Space is limited. Call 315-519- 5209 to reserve your seat today or register online at carthagehospital.com/babyshower. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, Aug.21. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series.

About the Community Engagement Series

Carthage Area Hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series is a population health initiative aimed at educating residents in the hospital’s 83,000-person service area of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties. Each month, from April through December, the hospital features a different health topic to empower residents to make more informed decisions about their health and wellness and care.

Dates and topics for the remaining events are: Wednesday, Sept. 27, “Women’s Health Fair;” Wednesday, Oct. 25, “Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.); Wednesday, Nov. 15, “Diabetes Prevention and Education (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.);” and Wednesday, Dec. 6, “Handling Holiday Stress.” All events are at the Carthage Elks Lodge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and include complimentary light food and beverages.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital’s obstetrics unit this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of a major renovation that transformed its patient rooms into six private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites and two observation suites. Each suite also contains a private bath and shower as well as a daybed for spouses and loved ones to comfortably stay in the room while mothers and newborns recover. Three suites contain whirlpool bathtubs, in which women may labor, while five have private stand-up showers.

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.