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Women’s conference held to encourage communication about childbirth

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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 4:30 am

An empowering women’s conference is coming to Killeen on Saturday, free of charge.

Panelists will speak on issues concerning conception and childbirth, said Anna D. Rinehart, founder and president of the faith-based nonprofit Mothers Teach Your Daughters Community Program, which is hosting the event.

Dr. Mark Lobaugh, Seton Medical Center obstetrician-gynecologist, will provide a clinical perspective on conception and the development of a child through each trimester of pregnancy, Rinehart said.

“There is a misnomer out there about when life begins,” she said. “It begins at conception.”

Lobaugh’s presentation will include information for pregnant mothers on caring for their bodies and the babies they are carrying.

“He wants to emphasize the first trimester,” Rinehart said.

Lobaugh, who has delivered more than 5,000 babies, also will discuss the dangers that come with consuming various medications and alcohol while pregnant, Rinehart said.

Christina Brown, a music teacher with the Killeen Independent School District, will host a seminar on the effects of music in the womb.

“She’ll discuss how noises and sound affect the child,” Rinehart said.

Brown also will give a musical performance. Rinehart has planned conferences in the Killeen area for a number of years, but the focus on this session is community.

“We’re really hoping attendees — mothers, daughters, grandmothers, fathers — will have more information and be equipped with that information so they can make better decisions. There is a great deal of misinformation out there,” Rinehart said, calling the event “a platform for us to get together as people.”

The organization will host a second conference in May, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, featuring guest speaker Dr. Charles R. Day, chief medical officer at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights,

Preregistration for each event is encouraged.

mlozano@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7552

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