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Magnolia Health Holds Member Baby Shower to Promote Better Health for Starkville Area Expecting Mothers & Newborns

Magnolia Health
Posted on: 25 Jul 18

JACKSON, Miss., July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Magnolia Health, a leading provider of health care coverage that improves care across Mississippi, recently held a comprehensive baby shower for its expecting members in the Starkville area to advance healthier pregnancies, healthier newborns and healthier mothers through education, tips and advice.

Nearly 40 mothers from Oktibbeha and surrounding counties and their families and friends attended the baby shower, which took place at the Family Life Center in Starkville. Magnolia Health provided transportation to the event for three families in need. The Blair E. Batson Safe Kids Mississippi provided various resources to members as well.

"The birth of a child is one of the most cherished and important events in our world, and we must do everything we can to enhance the health of our mothers, babies and newborns throughout the pregnancy and after childbirth," said Cherie Polk, director of medical management of Magnolia Health, who oversees the health care provider's baby shower program. "Our baby showers give expectant mothers a head-start to healthier babies with a variety of resources that are caring, compassionate and cost effective."

The Magnolia Health baby shower offered numerous resources for these expecting mothers, and educated them on all aspects of pregnancy – what to expect, good lifestyle choices, healthy diet, exercise and helpful tips on newborn care and wellness. The baby shower also reinforces the importance of prenatal vitamins, prenatal physician visits and postpartum care. Magnolia Health staff also completed health risk screenings and 41 "Notification of Pregnancy" forms on pregnant members in the surrounding area.

In addition, every expecting mother received a gift bag that included:



Clothing – onesies, bibs, booties and more

Books – a variety of guides and brochures on pregnancy, developmental stages and proper care.

About Magnolia Health

Magnolia Health is a long-term solution to help the state of Mississippi enhance care for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients, while most effectively managing taxpayer dollars. A physician-driven, Mississippi-based Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), Magnolia is backed by its parent company, Centene Corporation (Centene). Centene has more than 30 years of experience in Medicaid, CHIP and other government-funded programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and long-term care. For more information about Magnolia, visit

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 25/07/2018

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