Are you thinking it's time to start a family? Is there maybe a baby in your future? Becoming a parent is a challenging, rewarding, life-changing commitment, but Avera is ready and willing to help.
September 27 is shaping up to be a big day for Craig and Ashley Hohn.
"It's going really well, I haven't been sick, things have been good, our families are super excited." said Ashley Hohn.
The Hohn's are patiently waiting for their first child, but before they decided to grow their family Craig and Ashley first attended Avera Women's "Maybe a Baby" event.
"It was kind of a pre-planning process we weren't really sure how quickly we wanted to start raising a family and kind of wanted to get an idea of costs and things like that to see if we were financially prepared." said Ashley.
"At least as financially prepared as you can be!" added Craig.
"Maybe a Baby" is a free event for prospective parents to get questions answered as well as some free medical advice in the process.
"We've got the costs laid out and it's just to start thinking about where you want to deliver your baby, and what you want that to look like, what you want your birth to look like, these are things that when you're thinking about having a baby you don't think that far down the road." said Dr. Kimberlee McKay, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Avera McKennan.
Getting pregnant isn't rocket science, but before the deed is done, potential parents should make sure they've optimized their health.
"So whether that's if you've got diabetes addressing that, or if you've got arthritis addressing that, obesity has major implications for having a baby and so maybe a weight loss or exercise regimen." said Dr. McKay.
It's also a chance to meet with midwives and maybe figure out who will be baby's doctor.
"We actually met Dr. McKay at the 'Maybe a Baby' event and we hadn't had an OB picked out at that point so I think that was the most helpful, was actually meeting her and knowing who we were going to be doctoring with and making that decision that night that we wanted to have her as our doctor." said Ashley.
This year 'Maybe a baby' is taking some major steps forward. On Tuesday, June 17, hospitals across the region will all be hosting 'Maybe a Baby' events in an unprecedented undertaking.
"Having seen it grow from just showing people slides on a chalkboard now to this statewide event so that we can make resources available to patients in a way that we've never been able to do before." said Dr. McKay.
Planning a pregnancy always ensure that your pregnancy is going to be as healthy as possible and with Avera at your side, you'll be ready to take that big leap into parenthood.
"I think the more information that you can get from 'Maybe a Baby' is really helpful to better understand what's going to happen, what might happen, and how things are going to progress over that time so you are just a little bit better prepared for what's to come." said Craig.
'Maybe a Baby' is 100% free and open to the public. Once again the statewide event will be held on June 17 at 6:30pm for all prospective parents. For more information about the event just call 877-AT-AVERA.