Perfect day for a pumpkin stroll


Pumpkin Stroll Slide Show
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital hosted its second annual Pumpkin Stroll Saturday, October 29 to benefit the hospital’s Women’s Health and Childbirth Center and the March of Dimes. Perfect weather prevailed, unlike the inaugural event in 2015 that was forced indoors. Lisa Bird, RN, Director of the SGCMH OB department greeted the 150-plus in attendance.
“The March of Dimes has helped us implement several programs here at the hospital that help families and their babies,” she said. “Programs like Baby and Me Tobacco Free, which helps pregnant women stop smoking; Centering Pregnancy, a prenatal education program, and a diabetes education initiative to name a few.”
Travis and Kristine Huffman, acted as March of Dimes ambassadors for the event. Eight years ago, they experienced first-hand the great work of the March of Dimes.
“Our first pregnancy was very normal,” said Kristine. “I was playing volleyball every week--life was good. Then suddenly I was very swollen. I was admitted to the hospital a little before 32 weeks, and was told ‘stay calm, you’re having a baby this weekend.’ Millie was a whopping 2 pounds, 10 ounces and was in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for 30 days. As I think back, the biggest thing March of Dimes did for us was keep us informed. When we were freaking out about what to do with such a tiny baby, it gave us some guidance. That was big for us.”
Four years later Kristine and Travis had their second child, Tess.
“The best thing was we could have her here at the local hospital,” she said. “We had unremarkable pregnancy, and that’s a good thing, believe me. She went full term and we were able to have a waterbirth. Now we have two awesome, little girls.”
Lisa Bird asked those in attendance to raise their hand if they had been impacted by the March of Dimes. Not many hands were raised.
“That doesn’t surprise me,” said Bird. “Most of us are fortunate enough to carry our babies to term and things go well, but the interesting thing is when March of Dimes started, it was very involved with polio vaccinations. If you’re age 75 or younger, you’re a March of Dimes baby because we all benefitted from that polio vaccine.”
The hospital would like to thank its many event sponsors: Farmers Insurance, Mississippi Lime, PureSonic Productions, Braun Brothers Farms, Subway, McDonalds and Country Mart. Thanks also to SGCMH Board of Trustees President Rod Scherer and his crew for barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers for the event, and to the many hospital departments and businesses who provided the “trunk or treat,” pumpkin decorating and needle in a hay stack activity stations.

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