Women's and Children's Expo at Bristol Regional April 21 will deliver beneficial information and fun

     BRISTOL – Women of all ages will benefit from multiple classes, obtain additional educational resources and possibly win a $100 gift card at the annual Women’s and Children’s Expo on Saturday, April 21, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

     The popular spring event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the hospital’s conference center. Admission is free.

     “We encourage women in the region to take advantage of this wonderful chance to learn about important topics that can affect their lives,” said Danita Mowl, clinical leader of Bristol Regional’s New Life Birthing Center. “The classes we are offering will empower women to make more informed decisions about their health, but we guarantee they will have a lot of fun, too.”

     Popular components that have made the expo a can’t-miss event will be back this year. These include bone density tests, tours of the birthing center and a sea of vendors with valuable information.

     A year ago, Bristol Regional showed off the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which can be used for hysterectomies, pelvic prolapse cases and other benign and malignant gynecological conditions. Dr. Wes Harris, an obstetrician and gynecologist, who is on the medical staff of Bristol Regional, will teach a class at this year’s expo on the uses of da Vinci for women’s health care.

     Bristol Regional will also showcase Smoky Sue, a pair of dolls the Sullivan County Regional Health Department recently donated to the birthing unit to show the effects of smoking by a pregnant woman on the fetus. The Sullivan County Children’s Advocacy Center will also present a class on tips to keep children safe from sexual abuse.

     Other subjects will include heart disease and strokes in women, breast health, antibiotics, risks and benefits of vaccinations, osteoporosis, breastfeeding, epidurals, sudden infant death syndrome prevention, baby basics after birth, fever, circumcision, contractions, nutrition during pregnancy and the importance of remaining pregnant for 40 weeks.

     Another class will discuss the benefits of natural birth. Bristol Regional offers wireless fetal monitoring for women who choose to give birth naturally. This technology enables the expectant mother to walk around the birthing unit while she is in labor.

     For every class a woman attends, she will be entered into drawings for five $100 Visa gift cards. The more classes a woman attends the greater her chances are to win.

     Participants at the expo will also have a chance to make donations to the Children’s Miracle Network, of which Wellmont is the regional affiliate.

     For more information about the expo, please call Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE (6877).

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