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Baptist Health Paducah to host ‘Great Cloth Diaper Change’



Baptist Health Paducah will host the “Great Cloth Diaper Change” at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Baptist Heart Center auditorium.

It is timed to coincide with similar events at 245 sites in 14 countries in an attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record of 5,026 cloth diapers changed simultaneously. It is scheduled the day before Earth Day and during International Cloth Diaper Awareness Week.

A photo will be taken of all participating mothers and babies to help document the world record. Baby wipes and diaper changing pads will be provided, but parents should supply their own cloth diapers.

“Bringing the ‘Great Cloth Diaper Change’ to Paducah was very important to me,” said local organizer Serena Anderson of Pryorsburg. “When I was pregnant with my first son, I spent hours reading about everything baby-related. I soon learned how much cloth diapering could benefit not only the environment, but also my wallet. The average parent can save more than $1,000 in two years by choosing to cloth diaper.”

Polly Bechtold, vice president and chief nursing officer at Baptist Health Paducah, said it is appropriate to hold the event at the region’s “baby hospital,” where more than 60 percent of western Kentucky babies are delivered.

“We have innovative maternity services with a lactation consultant to support breastfeeding and KangarooCare allowing mom and baby to bond skin-to-skin immediately after birth,” she said.

Baptist Health Paducah also offers the area’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which served more than 180 families in its first year in 2011.

For more information on the event, phone (270) 575-2895 or visit GreatClothDiaperChange.com.

Western Baptist Hospital of Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,700 employees and 240 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. It is part of Baptist Healthcare System, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Kentucky. For information, see westernbaptist.com.