Press Release

Release Date: April 04, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



ADA, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation, in partnership with Mercy Hospital of Ada, will host a community-wide baby shower event 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 7, at the Chickasaw Community Center, 700 N. Mississippi. The event is open to the public at no charge.

New and expecting mothers and their families will have access to resources meant to ensure the health of a mother and her children.

“We are using this opportunity, in conjunction with Mercy, to reach out to families in the community by informing mothers and fathers, empowering them to be stronger families,” said Carey Terrell, obstetrician nurse manager with the Chickasaw Nation.

Through booths, face-to-face discussions, take-home documents and speeches, the community-wide baby shower will address dietary needs, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, monitoring a child still in the womb, mental health and counseling, violence prevention, immunization, household safety, car safety, smoking cessation, as well as other topics supporting the health and wellbeing of mother and child.

Snacks, face painting, games and balloon animals will be available for children.

Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including gift certificates to salons and restaurants, blankets and quilts, gift bags, gift baskets, diapers and baby-centric merchandise. Prizes will also include services like baby portrait photography, carpet cleaning and lawn care.

Dr. David Frow with the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center will speak about postpartum depression. Dr. Bryan Roehl from Mercy will speak about preterm birth.

Representatives from the Chickasaw Nation as well as Mercy will be available to discuss concerns regarding diabetes.

The Seats for Life program and the Ada Fire Department will be available to provide instruction on properly installing a car seat.

Many physicians and specialists from Mercy will be available to answer questions. Local doctors who will be present include Dr. Laurel Jordan, Dr. John Siegle, Dr. Stefan Iorga, Dr. Stephen O’Grady, Dr. Ruth Weesner, Dr. Suha Ramadan, Dr. Bryan Roehl  and Dr. JoAnn Carpenter.

The Chickasaw Nation Chepota Himmita (Young Child) program will be available to offer child development education. White Dog Press and the Ada Public Library will also attend to support early childhood literacy.

The March of Dimes, United Way, The Refuge Center, The Mom’s Group, Ada House of Hope, the Pontotoc County Health Department, Multi-County Counseling and the Ada Counseling Agency helped make the community-wide baby shower possible with donations or volunteers.

Local establishments including the McSwain Theatre, Freedom Plumbing, The Artisan Salon, McCortney’s Family Pharmacy, Doctors Park Pharmacy, Walmart, Diva Nail Salon, Leachco Inc., Osborn Tree Service, Oklahoma Carpet Cleaning, JCJ Graphics and K Brown Photography all donated goods or services in support of the event.

The following restaurants donated gift cards for door prizes: Burger King, McDonald’s, Chili’s, Delicias Mexican Restaurant, Fresco’s Mexican Grill, Papa Gjorgjo’s, Riviera Maya and Heavenly Buns.

For more information, contact Carey Terrell at 580-421-6255 or carey.terrell@chickasaw.net. Vanessa Albertson, obstetrician manager at Mercy Hospital, is also available at 580-421-1112 or vanessa.albertson@mercy.net.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016