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Jul 25, 2013 1:41 PM by MELISSA CANONE

'Healthy Baby' Shower to Educate Expectant Moms

March of Dimes, Lafayette General Medical Center, Zeta Phi Beta and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan are hosting a "healthy baby" shower for low-income, expectant moms in the Lafayette area to promote healthy pregnancies. The event will take place on Tuesday, August 13 in Lafayette General's Owen Auditorium from 10:30am - 12:45pm.

This event will provide critical health information and newborn care essentials to ensure healthy deliveries and care of newborns in Louisiana where nearly 200 babies are born prematurely each week.

In the weeks leading up to the event, March of Dimes and members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority will begin collecting new baby and maternity items, which can be dropped-off in our collection bin in the main lobby at Lafayette General. Lafayette General Medical Center will serve as an ongoing collection site accepting baby items beginning Friday, July 26 through Friday, August 9, during normal business hours. These items will be distributed to pregnant women attending the Healthy Baby Shower on August 13.

Everyday in Louisiana babies are born too soon and too sick. Of the more than 1,200 babies born each week in Louisiana, 181 babies are born premature, 129 babies are born with low birth weight, and 11 babies die before reaching their first birthday.

Through its solutions to promote healthy babies, UnitedHealthcare has developed resources for moms and babies such as Healthy First Steps, which connects UnitedHealthcare nurses, social workers and health educators with physicians and expectant mothers to bring direct access to the resources and services needed in order for an infant to live a healthier life. More information can be found by calling 1-800-599-5985 or logging onto www.uhccommunityplan.com.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan also supports the Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) in its Text4Baby campaign to provide information to pregnant women and new moms on caring for their health and giving their babies the best possible start in life. To sign up, simply text the word BABY to 511411.

WHEN: Healthy Baby Shower Collections
Friday, July 26th - Friday, August 9th
Lafayette General Medical Center
Main Lobby
1214 Coolidge St., Lafayette, LA
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Healthy Baby Shower
Tuesday, August 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Lafayette General Medical Center
Owen Auditorium
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA
337-205-8958 (Participant sign up)

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