State to host three free virtual baby fairs for new or expecting families

Topics include immunizations, hearing screening, breastfeeding and others

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FILE - The events are free of charge and scheduled for three dates in June.

FILE - The events are free of charge and scheduled for three dates in June.

(Katy Kildee/kkildee@mdn.net)

To help new or expecting parents prepare and learn about available resources, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hosting three virtual baby fairs this month. 

The department announced the virtual events in a press release on Thursday, explaining families will have an opportunity to learn about available resources and important health and safety information. Participants will also be able to ask questions directly to health experts at the events. 

"MDHHS is excited to be able to offer a safe way for parents to get all the important information they need at this exciting time in their lives," MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel said in the release. "We encourage Michigan families to attend one of the free events being offered to learn about immunizations, hearing screening, breastfeeding and other topics."

The events are free of charge and scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15 from 9 to 11 a.m and Tuesday, June 28 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The following MDHHS programs plan to participate in the virtual baby fairs:

  • Newborn Screening
  • Michigan BioTrust for Health
  • Infant Safe Sleep
  • Women, Infants and Children
  • Immunizations
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
  • Birth Defects Education and Outreach
  • State Breastfeeding Initiative
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
  • Vital Records
  • Michigan Home Visiting Initiative
  • Maternal Infant Health Program
  • Children’s Special Health Care Services
  • Eat Safe Fish
  • Unintentional Injury Prevention

People can register for one of the sessions online here.