Women And Children's Expo At Bristol Regional Is Day Full Of Fun, Facts And Free Giveaways

Women at all stages of life will learn something new, visit multiple vendors and be eligible for free prizes at the annual Women and Children's Expo on Saturday, April 13, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

The expo will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the hospital's conference center on the ground floor. Admission is free.

"This is an excellent opportunity for women of our region to learn about women and children's health topics that affect everyone every day," said Danita Mowl, clinical leader of the Deborah H. Quillen Birthing Center. "The educational sessions we are offering will appeal to women of all ages, and we guarantee that everybody who attends will have fun."

This can't-miss event will feature free 3D pregnancy ultrasounds, bone density scans, tours of the birthing center, numerous giveaways for all who attend and an abundance of vendors with valuable information.

Educational sessions, taught by physicians and other medical professionals, will be held throughout the day. Among the topics will be heart disease and strokes in women, breastfeeding, osteoporosis, epidurals, diabetes in children, sudden infant death syndrome prevention, baby basics after birth, fever, pregnancy myths, baby teeth, child injury prevention and new advances in prolapse surgeries.

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 expectant mothers to walk around the birthing unit while they are in labor.

For every class a woman attends during the event, she will be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards. A woman's chances of winning are greater the more classes she attends.

A portion of vendor sales will go to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Wellmont Health System is the regional affiliate. Wellmont Foundation uses funds donated locally to Children's Miracle Network to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for Wellmont's pediatric and neonatal intensive care programs and emergency departments and to support community education programs.

For more information about the expo, please call 423-844-2527.