Maternity Fair Comes to Hudson Valley Hospital May 5

Fashion show, workshops, tours and meet the doctors

Having a happy, healthy baby and a good birth experience is 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.’’

OB/GYN Dr. Meedlen Charles of the Westchester Medical Practice at last year’s Maternity Fair with twins she delivered, Kinley and Madison Thompson (Photo courtesy of HVHC)

OB/GYN Dr. Meedlen Charles of the Westchester Medical Practice at last year’s Maternity Fair with twins she delivered, Kinley and Madison Thompson (Photo courtesy of HVHC)

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.

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.

The day will feature financial planning advisers, workshops on pregnancy and parenting, and tours of the 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 and giveaways.

For more information, call 914-734-3557 or visit under “Maternity.”

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.

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