UAMS Hosts First-Ever Fair for Expectant Parents

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LITTLE ROCK – Expectant parents are invited to attend the first-ever Mother/Baby Fair sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The free event is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 2p.m. Sept. 29 on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.


Free parking is available in the UAMS outpatient parking deck located at Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue. Additional sponsors include MedImmune; March of Dimes; and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). For information and directions, call (501) 686-7791.


Activities will include speakers, exhibits and door prizes. A 1:30 p.m. fashion show will feature clothing from the Little Rock maternity boutique Sassy Stork and children’s clothing store Cupcakes & Caterpillars.


Speakers will include UAMS physicians and experts in prenatal and newborn care:

  • 9:30 a.m. – “Newborn Myths” with Bryan Burke, M.D., associate professor in the UAMS Department of Pediatrics
  • 10:30 a.m. – “High-risk Pregnancies” with Paul Wendel, M.D., associate professor in the UAMS Division of Obstetrics and medical director of Labor and Delivery
  • 11:30 a.m. – “Pain Control During Labor” with Indranil Chakraborty, M.D., assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • 12:30 p.m. – “Exercise and Nutrition During Pregnancy” with Kellie Coleman, UAMS Water Wellness Program coordinator, and Mary Jane Cagle, nutritionist consultant for special projects with the Arkansas WIC Program

Child safety seat inspections will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (501) 526-7819.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,435 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit