Valdosta Daily Times

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May 6, 2014

Maternal Child Health Director visits Valdosta

Baby LUV Event to be held at Holiday Inn

VALDOSTA — The Director of the Maternal Child Health program with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dr. Seema Csukas, is visiting

Valdosta today to learn more about the area and the high infant mortality rate that persists in the African American community in Lowndes County.

“We are very excited to host Dr. Csukas today,” states Tiffany Vinson, Perinatal Executive Director. “We have arranged for her to take a tour of various portions of South Georgia Medical Center that relate to maternal and child health, as well as Lowndes County Health Department.”

The Lowndes County infant mortality rate is one of the highest among African Americans in Georgia: 30.4. “We continue to have a high infant mortality rate in our area and strive to combat that every day by educating women on how to have a healthy and safe pregnancy,” says Vinson. “Through a Healthcare Georgia Foundation grant, the Baby LUV program has continued to work with the highest of the high risk African American women in Lowndes County to try to reduce this rate.”

The Baby LUV program of Lowndes County Health Department, in conjunction with South Georgia Medical Center, will be hosting an event tonight (Sharing and Caring for Your Baby) aimed at educating pregnant and postpartum women on how to best take care of themselves, along with caring for their newborn. There will be four topics covered by Lowndes County healthcare providers:

●    Breast Feeding by Elizabeth Hewett, RN;

●    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/Safe Sleep by Charlene Blache, MD;

●    Preterm Labor: Signs/Symptoms/Prevention by Thomas Moseley, Jr., MD;

●    Prematurity/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by Chris Young, MD.

“We feel confident that Dr. Csukas will see the hard work we are putting into educating women in our community on having a healthy pregnancy, which will hopefully lead to a reduced infant mortality rate in Lowndes County,” says Vinson. “Through her visit today, we hope

Dr. Csukas will be able to share more with people around the state about what we’re doing in Lowndes County.”

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Media is invited to cover the event. For more information, contact Tiffany Vinson at 229-333-5290 or Courtney Sheeley at 229-333-5370.

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