DOVER -- As any parent knows, planning for a baby is a lot of work. First-time parents have an even tougher challenge. Decisions have to be made about everything from selecting a doctor for pre-natal care and delivery to choosing the brand of diapers you'll buy. Dozens of other questions also have to be considered.

Union Hospital hopes to give busy parents and parents-to-be a head start on the questions and answers by bringing "all things baby" together under one roof at one time. The hospital's Maternity Department will host a Baby Fair on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UH Auditorium. Over 30 exhibitors will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Baby Fair visitors will enjoy free samples, giveaways, door prizes, refreshments, plus an opportunity to tour the UH Maternity Department.

"There will be something for everyone," said Donna Morgan, RN, manager of UH Obstetric and Pediatric Departments. "We invited exhibitors representing a broad spectrum of parenting and baby-related products and services which will appeal to a wide variety of interests and needs."

Morgan says one of the highlights of the Baby Fair will be guided tours of the Union Hospital Maternity Center.

"If you are new to the area or have not visited our Maternity Center in recent years you may be surprised by the spacious rooms and amenities our Maternity Center offers," said Morgan.

The Maternity Center was expanded and completely remodeled several years ago and now includes spacious, private rooms designed for the comfort of the entire family.

Furnishings in each room include a sleeper sofa for the support person and an upholstered rocker.

The Maternity Center includes a custom decorated nursery, an expanded area for testing during pregnancy, and offers childbirth education and breastfeeding classes for all moms delivering at Union Hospital.

Morgan says anybody wishing to attend the Baby Fair should come to the hospital Auditorium on Sept. 28 at any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided Maternity Center tours will begin and end in the Auditorium.

For information about the Baby Bair or to schedule a tour of the Maternity Center if you cannot attend the Baby Fair, call the Maternity Center at 330-343-3311, ext. 2266. Information is also available by calling the UH Community Relations office at 330-365-3866.