Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free prematurity awareness event on Saturday, November 15. The event will be held at the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is being held in recognition of World Prematurity Day on November 17. Clinical experts will be providing Information, education, free pediatric Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings and free promotional items for all who stop by.
According to the March of Dimes, more than 450,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States. Clinical experts from the Hospital will provide information about preventing premature births as well as breastfeeding benefits to mothers and babies, car seat safety information and tips on safe sleep. The event will also feature Macaroni the Clown who will provide entertainment and Fox Radio 103.1 FM will be on hand broadcasting live with prizes and more. Additionally, the March of Dimes will be in attendance to help promote prevention of premature births.
Kate Santoro, MSN, FNP-C from Orange Regional Medical Group will be in attendance to conduct pediatric BMI screenings to assess healthy weight. BMI is a screening tool to help assess if your child has a healthy weight compared to other children of the same age and gender. Children with a high BMI are more likely to become overweight or obese as adults and can be at a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Helping children maintain a healthy weight may prevent serious illness later in life.
For more information on the Rowley Family Birthing Center, visit www.ormc.org/maternity.