Expectant moms in Terre Haute learn the dangers of smoking and substance abuse


Bluebelle's Baby Shower part of statewide initiative to deliver critical information free of charge
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Expecting moms in Terre Haute had the chance to learn the risks of substance abuse and secondhand smoke during pregnancy at a free community baby shower today. Sponsored by MDwise, Indiana’s only not-for profit managed health care organization, and other community partners, today’s “Bluebelle’s Baby Shower” event is part of a statewide initiative to deliver critical pregnancy information free of charge to those who need it most.
The event, which took place today at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, featured informational sessions on a variety of topics including breastfeeding, smoking cessation and the importance of immunizations. Enrollment assistance for health care plans was also available to assist expecting mothers with proper health care needs during pregnancy.
In honor of April being Global Child Nutrition Month, the WIC organization, a federally subsidized nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, partnered with MDwise to present the event, along with the Family Medicine Center and MDwise Hoosier Alliance.
“At MDwise, we strongly believe that education is a critical component of health care. That’s why we developed and continue to implement community baby shower events offering expecting mothers a chance to gather information, ask questions, and have a little fun – all free of charge,” said Dr. Caroline Carney Doebbeling, chief medical officer of MDwise.
“I am pleased that MDwise provided this wonderful event for expectant moms in our community and am happy to have been a part of it,” said Carrie Evans, PSUPP Director at the Union Hospital Family Medicine Center. “It is crucial that we deliver this much-needed information and services to moms, and by doing it in one condensed time period and place, the information is easier understand and implement. I’m confident that all of our participating women walked away with a better understanding of the risks of substance abuse and secondhand smoke during pregnancy.”

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About MDwise

MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends. MDwise.org.

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