Marissa Bosten

MUSCATINE — Children gave their teddy bears check-ups, moms learned about healthy breastfeeding and dads checked car seats for safety Saturday at the UnityPoint Clinic in Muscatine.

The hospital held its first ever Growing Up With UnityPoint Health Fair over the weekend, to inform new and expectant parents about the resources available to them in Muscatine.

Muscatine resident Marissa Bosten, 5, was one of the first participants to give her teddy bear a check-up during the teddy bear clinic. Bosten and her brother, Garrett, 8, learned how to weigh and measure their bears, plus check for a fever.

OB Care Coordinator Abbie Derksen said having children watch their teddy bears or baby dolls receive a check-up can ease fears about going to the doctor.

“A lot of the time the kids are scared,” Derksen said. “So the hope is if they see their teddy…

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