UVA Health System Offers Help to Expecting Parents

By: Jennifer Black Email
By: Jennifer Black Email

May 6, 2008

On more than one occasion, Charlottesville ranked among the top cities in the country to raise a family.

Each year there are plenty of parents-to-be with even more questions to be answered.

Last year the University of Virginia Health System offered a program called, Oh Baby! The program attracted so many pregnant couples; some had to be turned away.

Moved to a bigger facility, this year the program will accommodate dozens of local expectants.

“This is Eva, born about five weeks ago, and she's doing great. Happy and healthy and that's all we could ask for,” new parent Jay Dicharry said.

Experts will discuss how to calm a fussy baby, establishing good sleep habits from the start and much more.

“A lot of times the questions don't come up after the baby's born until things are already in a bad pattern,” Director of UVA’s Newborn Nursery, Ann Kellams said.

Obstetricians, pediatricians and family medical physicians will be on hand, providing a more interactive and entertaining format to give vital information to future parents.

“It's nice to have some people come in and condense the material and condense the information and make it digestible,” Dicharry said.

Health System officials say the program helps parents mentally and physically prepare for delivery day and provides a support group to help navigate the baby years.

“They're going to come in more prepared,” Kellams said.

“The more information you can hear, take in, digest, the better. It won’t give you all the answers but it will help,” Dicharry said.

Sponsored by the UVA Child Language and Learning Laboratory, Oh Baby! is free to attendees.

It takes place this Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the UVA Alumni Hall.

To register call 924-9920 or visit des4v@virginia.edu

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