Spent Saturday representing our office at the area health fair held at the county fairgrounds. Forty of so "vendors" from various medical offices, health agencies, or hospitals set up booths and displays offering information, some health screening, and generally showing off their stuff.
Since we are the only physicians in our half of the county who provide maternity care, this was a natural topic for my display. I must say, for a novice booth maker I definitely impressed myself with this one. It was multi-media with looping DVD on prenatal care and hands on in the form of a series of fruits and vegetables meant to represent various ages of fetal gestation. All of this was in addition to various pieces of literature on pregnancy in English and Spanish and, of course, some candy for the kids. It was difficult to find a food item for a term baby, but I went with the largest butternut squash I could find which came in around 7 lbs.
Many of the people who came through I already knew, but I certainly meant some new folks as well and probably picked up a couple of patients. My booth was near the hospice folks, organ/tissue donation, and the dairy princesses, so we all made a little small talk throughout the day long event.
If nothing else my Saturday raised a little awareness about the importance of good prenatal care and gave our practice a little good PR. At best, however, a new booth making talent has been discovered.