Desoto County News

Baptist-DeSoto to host free baby fair

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, located at 7601 Southcrest Parkway in Southaven, is hosting its annual free baby fair on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s outpatient waiting area on the main floor of the hospital.

“We are excited to host our annual baby fair for new and expecting moms,” said Lori Porter, nurse manager of Baptist-DeSoto’s mother-baby unit. “We have an excellent team at Baptist-DeSoto, and we are committed to helping moms in our community have a safe and memorable experience, from delivery to recovery.”

During the baby fair, parents and other caregivers can learn about car seat and seat belt safety, get healthy pregnancy tips, receive infant CPR information, learn about breastfeeding, lactation support services and much more. 

Local vendors, tours, a photo booth, giveaways and a grand prize will also be featured during the baby fair. Baptist’s nurses, obstetricians, pediatricians and other child health experts will be on hand to answer questions. Attendees can park at the main entrance of the hospital and follow the signs to registration. 

The national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has designated Baptist-DeSoto as a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for Maternity Care. Baptist-DeSoto meets or exceeds the criteria that emphasizes patient safety and positive clinical outcomes for maternity patients. Baptist-DeSoto also meets additional criteria defined by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s Maternity Quality Model, a statewide initiative aimed at improving maternal health and making childbirth safer.

Baptist-DeSoto also has an obstetrical emergency department in the Women’s Pavilion. Our obstetrics emergency room in our Women’s Pavilion is staffed around the clock with board-certified OB/GYN doctors to care for women and give them added reassurance when something doesn’t feel right.