TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Health providers filled the Haute City Center on Saturday, as Union Hospital’s “Community baby shower” returned after a two-year break caused by the pandemic.

There were over 20 healthcare services and providers on hand to help provide education and resources on pregnancy, childbirth and infant care. There were two birth simulations throughout the day, as well as a speaker.

Maternal fetal medical specialist at Union Hospital Dr. Mary Abernathy said she hopes it can help educate people on services they provide.

“Hopefully, families will start to understand more of what we do in the hospital at our maternal-child health services line,” she said. “Most families, until they’ve been in a complicated birth, haven’t heard anything. So it gives us that chance to kind of educate, pre-prepare in case you’re baby might have to go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or you might have a complication that comes up during pregnancy.”

 Abernathy said she was happy to see the event return to provide resources for families around the area.

“It’s been an incredible experience. I’m seeing patients that I’m actually seeing in the office. I’ve seen them out here, said hello and made sure they’re getting acquainted with the things they need to do,” she said. “I think everybody is embracing it from a community standpoint.”

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