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Two prenatal fairs slated for Haldimand and Norfolk – First one April 28 in Caledonia

SIMCOE, ON, MARCH 31, 2010 – The first of two Prenatal Fairs will be held by the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit on Wednesday, April 28, at McKinnon Park Secondary School in Caledonia. A second fair is scheduled for Oct. 21 in Simcoe.

Residents of Haldimand and Norfolk counties are welcome to attend either event.

“In the past, these events have proven to be very popular among those with a baby in their future as well as participating businesses and agencies,” said Judith Hayman, Public Health Nurse & Lactation Consultant. “These one-stop-shopping events give potential parents and caregivers a chance to obtain information on virtually every aspect of pregnancy and early child-rearing.”

The Prenatal Fairs, which run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., feature demonstrations, displays and a number of exhibits from local businesses who have merchandize geared to pregnancy, as well as agencies providing support and services to new parents.

The Health Unit, itself, assembles an array of information about pregnancy and parenting.

“Our goal is to get information into the hands of future parents as early in pregnancy as possible,” Hayman said. “There will be fun events as well as information and there is no charge for the fair.”

In addition to educational displays, the Health Unit is hosting a small café with free refreshments. There will also be a car-seat safety demonstration and a pregnancy fashion show featuring Sears fashions and clothing from a maternity specialty store. Businesses and agencies are donating door prizes. Grand prize is a high-quality car seat.

Health Fairs have been used in many of the surrounding areas to get pregnancy information to expectant parents. In Middlesex-London, almost every pregnant woman goes to a Prenatal Fair. The Health Unit launched its first Prenatal Fair in the fall of 2009.

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For more information, contact:
Judith Hayman, Public Health Nurse & Lactation Consultant
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
905-318-5367 Ext 312 or[email protected]