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Hospital to host kid-friendly, informative event for moms

Submitted by Park City Hospital

In a twist on the traditional tea party, where little girls don princess costumes and enjoy tea and cookies surrounded by their collection of stuffed animals, Park City Hospital is throwing a "Pea Party" for area women and children.

The event includes a chance for women to speak with the hospital's caregivers while their kids are entertained with a craft. Attendees will also help plant the hospital's free community garden and enjoy healthy snacks on the patio.

"Throughout my career, I've seen nearly every mom struggle at some point. And they often assume they're the only woman feeling the way they do — mentally, physically and emotionally," said Tawnya Ray, manager of Park City Hospital's labor and delivery team. "There's something really empowering about women connecting and learning they're not alone, and many have the same questions and concerns."

Ray said knowing mothers sometimes need guidance is the reason she wanted to create the event. It's also why she decided which experts would be the most valuable to the audience.

"We'll have an OB/GYN, pelvic floor specialist and our mindfulness and meditation expert available, and women can attend whichever session appeals to them," she said. "Our massage therapist will also be on hand to provide free mini massages."

During these informative sessions, children will be entertained nearby with a craft project. They will be supervised by the hospital's labor and delivery nursing team.

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"Then, moms and kids will reunite and we'll walk over to the free community garden and plant all the produce," Ray said. "Afterwards, we'll serve healthy, garden-themed food on our patio."

The Pea Party will start in the Blair Education and Conference Center located on the ground floor of the hospital's new north building. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on June 19 and is free and open to all women and their kids, though Ray noted the activity planned is most appropriate for children under 10. An RSVP to Tawnya.Ray@imail.org by June 16 is required.

"Our hope is that women see us as their health-care partner. Our team is here for all women with services and experts for any stage of life," Ray added.