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Baby Bonanza aimed at new and expectant moms

Baby Bonanza aimed at new and expectant moms

Or for those just thinking about having a baby

March 29th, 2013 in News

The second annual Baby Bonanza, sponsored by St. Mary's Health Center, Jefferson City Medical Group and Whaley's Mommy & Me, is slated for 1-4 p.m. April 7 at Capitol Plaza Hotel.

The event features nearly 40 booths focused on providing information and products useful to new parents.

"Our goal was to make it educational," said Dr. Amanda Rodemann with Women's Clinic of JCMG. "They can learn what to do once the baby comes home."

Emily Mantle, community relations coordinator with JCMG, said the event isn't only for new parents.

"It's a great resource for people thinking about becoming pregnant," Mantle said. "They can ask physicians questions directly and it's an attempt to make resources available at one location."

The idea for Baby Bonanza came out of a focus group prior to last year's event. The group included women of childbearing years and they were asked what kind of resources they're looking for.

"We decided this event was a way to get fathers and grandparents involved," Mantle said. "It's a way for everyone to get on the same page."

Rodemann will be one of several JCMG Women's Clinic physicians who will present an educational session at the Bonanza. She will give her presentation, "Comfort Measures During Labor," alongside colleague Dr. Brandi Nichols. The session will include options on pain management for labor, comfort measures and different labor techniques.

Other educational sessions include "The First 48 Hours Home" by Dr. Jodi Berendzen with Women's Clinic of JCMG and "Breastfeeding and Making Your Own Baby Food" by Becky Schwaller, a registered nurse and lactation consultant at St. Mary's Health Center and Denise Coots, a registered dietitian at St. Mary's.

Baby Bonanza 2013 also includes door prizes, a baby product fashion show and a crawling contest. The Jefferson City Fire Department will provide car seat safety checks in the hotel's parking lot.

The event costs $5, and all proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. For more information, visit babybonanza.org or call (573) 761-7175.