In celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, The Women and Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center is hosting an educational baby fair Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to illustrate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, provide ongoing support, and promote community resources for new moms.
Whether a first-time or experienced parent, certified childbirth educators at the center can help prepare someone and their entire family for what to expect, before and after taking their baby home. 
The day’s festivities will begin with “The Big Latch On” at 10 a.m., an internationally synchronized breastfeeding celebration, in which mothers and children simultaneously breastfeed during a one-minute count across 31 countries in 826 locations.  
The Women and Children’s Center provides a full range of expertise, from prenatal care through labor and delivery to postpartum care. The newborn nursery, neonatal transport team, and Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provide comprehensive care close to home for the tiniest patients. At Kingwood Medical Center, neonatologists work with neonatal nurse practitioners who are on the unit 24/7, along with specially trained registered nurses to monitor and care for each baby in the unit. The family-centered unit encourages skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent through “Kangaroo Care” and breastfeeding is strongly encouraged.
The Women and Children’s Center offers monthly classes in childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, infant safety and CPR, newborn care, and a sibling class. To register for classes or for a physician referral,  call 1-800-258-5064. Visit kingwoodmedical.com for a description of the classes and details about the breastfeeding support groups at Kingwood Medical Center. For more information about the Big Latch On, visit biglatchon.org.

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