Bon Secours for Women Hosts Unique Webinar/Online Chat for Pregnant Women

Participants can maintain privacy while getting answers in real-time from panel of experts

Aug 11, 2015, 12:31 ET from Bon Secours Virginia Health System

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Many women wait to go public about their pregnancy until the conclusion of the first trimester. They have thousands of questions during those initial 12 weeks about every aspect of having a baby and how it will impact their lives, yet they have few options for answers while they are in what some experts refer to as "the private part of pregnancy."

On Tuesday, August 25, from 6-7 p.m. (Eastern time), Bon Secours for Women will host "My Pregnancy My Way: The First 12 Weeks of Pregnancy," a unique opportunity for newly pregnant women -- or those who are thinking of becoming pregnant in the near future -- to engage in a free webinar and online chat with experts on several key topics that resonate strongly with the moms-to-be, all from the privacy of their home or office.

"The First 12 Weeks of Pregnancy" will be moderated by Sarah Bloom, anchor and reporter for WWBT NBC12 News in Richmond. A new mother herself, Bloom helped to create the station's weekly RVA Parenting segment to talk with experts about important issues for local families. She will be joined by the following panelists, who will share information with the registered participants on the topics of prenatal care, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues, and exercise, fitness, diet and nutrition during pregnancy. The panelists are:

  • Sara Long, Director of Program Services, March of Dimes – Prenatal care
  • Anthony Marcavage, Director & Counsel -- Labor and Employee Relations, Bon Secours Health System - Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues
  • Meghan Dawson Melvin, Wellness Program Manager, Bon Secours Virginia Health System – Exercise and fitness during pregnancy
  • Tabitha Monroe, Registered Dietitian, Bon Secours Richmond Health System – Diet and nutrition during pregnancy

Throughout the webinar, participants can post questions to the panelists via the "chat" function on the website. Bloom will consolidate the questions and pose as many as possible to the panelists during the one-hour webinar. Afterward, all registered participants will receive a link to view the webinar again at their leisure. The link also will be posted online at and shared on Bon Secours' social media platforms.

"We are so pleased to provide women in the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy with answers to some of their most pressing questions about motherhood and the health of their baby as it develops," said Julia Reagan, administrative director, Women's Services, Bon Secours Virginia. "This webinar, the first of its kind in central Virginia, allows the participants to interact in real-time with the panelists while still remaining anonymous. 'My Pregnancy My Way: The First 12 Weeks of Pregnancy' is an innovative platform to deliver the information needed by pregnant women, while also respecting their desire for privacy and peace of mind."

Bon Secours for Women offers a number of seminars and workshops throughout the year to provide complete health care for women at all ages and stages of life. For example, "Love and Learn" offers classes on pregnancy, birth and parenting for new mothers and fathers, and the "My Baby My Way" initiative helps expectant moms create a birthing plan as unique as they are.

The deadline to register for the live webinar and online chat is 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. To register, call 804-298-3500 or visit:

About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 12,500 people, including nearly 800 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women's, children's, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals.

  • Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary's Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, Rappahannock General Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
  • Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation
The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community's growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visit  

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