As part of an ongoing effort to get expectant moms off to the right start, NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island is hosting a baby shower to educate future parents and answer questions on what to expect.
The event will take place on Sunday, August 27, from 12:00 to 2:00PM at the hospital’s Research and Academic Center, at 101 Mineola Boulevard. It not only lets those who are expecting meet the staff who will help them deliver their babies but also gives them a chance to meet and bond with other expecting moms.
“Having a baby can be both an exciting and stressful experience, especially for first-time parents,” says Erika Banks, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Grossman Long Island School of Medicine. “The mission here is to provide parents with support, a visit to the labor floor, and answers that decrease their anxiety.”
The program also includes a tour of the hospital’s New Life Center and the opportunity to talk with lactation specialists and with labor and delivery nurses. Those who wish to attend the event must RSVP; the only other prerequisite is that guests plan on having their babies at the hospital.
The baby shower begins with questions and answers, followed by lunch and a raffle featuring blankets, teddy bears, and other prizes donated by the community and staff. Moms receive a baby bag with diapers, wipes, shampoo, and a raffle ticket as gifts for attending.
The hospital plans on holding the future baby showers twice a year, with an upcoming event focusing on those whose first language is Spanish.