In celebration of Mother’s Day, the National Health Insurance Company - Daman, yesterday hosted an interactive public workshop to support and educate pregnant mothers on healthy pregnancy as they prepare for child birth. More than 260 mothers and mothers-to-be attended the event.
The workshop was organised by the Daman’s Health Support’s Maternity Management team, which advised on how to maintain healthy habits and eat a well-balanced diet to keep both mother and baby healthy during pregnancy.
Rania Younes, Star FM anchor hosted the event giving participants the opportunity to engage with experts in a range of entertaining interactive sessions and health related activities.
Dr. Alfons Grabosch, Director, Health Support at Daman said: “Through our public outreach programmes, Daman continues to support healthy living and wellbeing in the UAE. The workshop was another example of how Daman reaches out to the community to provide the tools necessary to follow a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy.”
During the workshop was also discussed baby-care in the important first six months with topics including the art of breast feeding and the introduction of solids into the baby’s diet.
Participants had a chance to quiz obstetrics and gynaecology consultant Dr. Wasnaa Al Yawer, Cromwell Hospital in Alain, on pregnancy and motherhood. Dr. Mirna Ghannoum, Radiologist from Emirates Hospital further shared what expectant mothers can know about their babies from the ultrasound pictures.
“Our Maternity Management programme provides a holistic support for mothers during pregnancy and for the critical weeks afterwards. Mothers carry the next generation with them and the key learnings today will shape a healthier future for the UAE population.” Dr. Grabosch added.
The event closed with a healthy dinner; complete with recommended portion sizes and food variety that gave mothers a sample of an ideal meal to consume during pregnancy.
Maternity guide and maternal yoga video
The event saw the launch of a Maternity Management book and Maternal Yoga & Exercise video for expectant mothers. The 175-page book is a complete guide for new mothers on what to expect during pregnancy and covers important tests, nutritional tips, baby vaccinations, dealing with postpartum depression and much more.
Yoga expert Sasha Quince was filmed during her pregnancy for the Maternal Yoga & Exercise video; ensuring an authentic representation of the exercise steps.
Maternity Management, the latest addition to Daman’s Health Support programmes, was launched in March 2012 as a complimentary service to support members with advice during pregnancy and two months post delivery.
Other Health Support programmes from Daman include better management of diabetes, asthma and breast cancer. Members can call the Health Support toll-free number 800-7226 to enrol in the programme and get in touch with the Maternity Management team.