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First Lady Sandra Deal visit with new parents at Piedmont Henry

Posted August 22

— First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal met some of Henry County's newest residents at Piedmont Henry Hospital Monday.

Deal, a mother of four, met with new parents to stress the importance of immunizations, not only for their children, but for themselves and future caregivers. She also passed along information that has been updated since she was a new mother nearly 50 years ago.

"Every mother wants her child to grow up healthy and strong," Deal said. She said that new research has changed parenting these days.

For example, sleeping babies should be on their backs rather than their bellies. When Deal was a new mother, she said the advice was the opposite.

"They should be sleeping alone without any toys or blankets in the crib," Deal said to new dad Daniel Clay.

Clay and his partner Deanna Ingram welcomed their first child, Lacey Jo Clay, Saturday.

"Thank you so much," Clay said. "We're happy to learn all we can."

First-time mom Domonique Muldrow learned about the importance of speaking and reading to her new daughter, Skylar.

"It may seem a little silly talking to and reading to her now, but research shows helping a child develop a large vocabulary will help them do better in school with reading," Deal said.

"I appreciate you taking the time to come out and talk with us," Muldrow said.

First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal met some of Henry County's newest residents at Piedmont Henry Hospital Monday.

Deal, a mother of four, met with new parents to stress the importance of immunizations, not only for their children, but for themselves and future caregivers. She also passed along information that has been updated since she was a new mother nearly 50 years ago.

"Every mother wants her child to grow up healthy and strong," Deal said. She said that new research has changed parenting these days.

For example, sleeping babies should be on their backs rather than their bellies. When Deal was a new mother, she said the advice was the opposite.

"They should be sleeping alone without any toys or blankets in the crib," Deal said to new dad Daniel Clay.

Clay and his partner Deanna Ingram welcomed their first child, Lacey Jo Clay, Saturday.

"Thank you so much," Clay said. "We're happy to learn all we can."

First-time mom Domonique Muldrow learned about the importance of speaking and reading to her new daughter, Skylar.

"It may seem a little silly talking to and reading to her now, but research shows helping a child develop a large vocabulary will help them do better in school with reading," Deal said.

"I appreciate you taking the time to come out and talk with us," Muldrow said.

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