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June 29, 2014

Preparing for baby in Floyd County

Floyd Memorial’s Baby Fair gets moms ready

NEW ALBANY — At Floyd Memorial Hospital’s Baby Fair on Saturday, expectant mothers could find resources to make their impending parenthood a little less intimidating.

From insurance coverage to pregnancy massages to visits from the Diaper Fairy, Angie Glotzbach, marketing and public relations specialist at the hospital, said moms-to-be could find everything they needed.

“It’s bringing everyone into our building so that in one trip, they can see everything they need for their baby,” Glotzbach said. “It’s all here so they don’t need to worry about finding all of it on their own.”

She said the hospital’s obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialists were available to speak to visitors, as well as staff-guided tours of the hospital’s birthing center.

But aside from care, typical baby services also showcased what they could offer. She said baby photographers, breast pump consultants and non-traditional baby care experts showed parents what options they had in prenatal care.

Norka Ramser, 32, Louisville, said she’s 36 weeks pregnant. She said she was looking for midwife services and other natural options for everyday child needs. As far as midwives, she said she’s glad she came to Indiana to learn about them.

“It’s interesting, it was a godsend for me,” Ramser said. “A lot of people cross the river just for that resource.”

She said though she was aware of many of the services available, she was glad to see the information out there for the rest of the community.

“It’s one of those things, I’m always interested to learn about what’s available in our community so I can take advantage of it,” Ramser said. “There’s a lot of I already knew about, but it never hurts to look around.”

Glotzbach said there were a number of services available to families who need a little extra help. She said those resources can help make sure they get good quality care, too.

“Some of the low income-families are really going to benefit from some of the organizations that can help them find insurance coverage for prenatal care, birthing care and pediatricians,” Glotzbach said.

Emily McCay, owner of The Diaper Fairy in Louisville, said though her business is based across the river, she likes going to events in Indiana.

She said she hopes her cloth diaper delivery service can show families that cloth diapers can be just as easy as disposables.

“We love this because it helps us reach our Indiana families,” McCay said. “Even though we’re based in Louisville, we like to reach out to both sides of the river.”

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