Sometimes you just need a girlfriend to talk to. A girlfriend's reassurance is particularly important when you are facing a "big life moment." And there's no bigger, more life-changing moment than having a child.
Prior to that moment, most women are filled with questions, concerns and just plain curiosity. And talking to girlfriends helps—particularly if those girlfriends happen to be doctors, nurses or other Health care professionals who deliver babies on a daily basis.
Understanding the importance of the female connection and the expectant mom's desire to chat with the experts, St.Vincent Women's Hospital is hosting a Health: A Woman's Way event on Maternity care.
At the special event – being held on October 13 at 6 p.m. at the Café Patachou at 49th and Pennsylvania in Indianapolis – moms-to-be will have the opportunity to talk to the female OB/GYNs, pediatricians, labor and delivery nurses, and nutritionists in a "girls only" setting.
"This is an open forum type of event that gives expectant moms the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about having a baby—and to be able to ask in the presence of other women who understand," explains Julie Schnieders, MSN, NP, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner with St.Vincent Women's Hospital.
Schnieders says many pregnant women are either fearful about giving birth, unsure of what to expect, or just plain overwhelmed with the massive amounts of health care information out there today. At this event, the health care specialists hope to help women begin thinking about their needs and wants for their maternity experience by answering questions, dispelling myths and sharing their expertise.
In addition to sharing their professional knowledge, the panel experts will share something else: their own experience as parents.
"We purposely selected panel experts who were moms as well—their ability to relate to expectant moms on that level is so meaningful."
Schnieders believes moms will also enjoy sharing with others attending the event. "It's a great way to encourage one another and exchange ideas—in a way that only women can do!"
The event is an extension of St.Vincent's Monogram Maternity, which centers on creating a personalized and unique experience for mother, baby and family—one that takes into account her needs, her preferences and the way she wants to welcome her child into the world.
**Open to any expectant mom, regardless of where she is delivering**
October 13, 2011
Café Patachou – 49th and Pennsylvania
Mocktails and healthy (but yummy) appetizers will be served