Skip to main content

Enhancing Lives through the Miracle of Childbirth

Aug 07, 2015 12:33PM ● Published by Flint Zerangue, Sr.

Enhancing Lives through the Miracle of Childbirth

By:  Shawntell Lewis-Harrell, Woman’s Foundation

The alluring, vibrant Newborn Exhibit at Women’s & Children’s Hospital - One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, New Fish! – is the most diverse, family-oriented display in the Lafayette area.  This collaborative endeavor consists of The Acadiana Arts Council, Lafayette Parish School System and the Workforce Investment Board, ArtWorks! Originally in 2004, relatives and friends have an opportunity to commemorate the birth of children utilizing unique, customized ceramic fish tile.  The aquatic-themed visual delight not only enhances the 

 nursery area - located on the second floor - but provides an atmosphere of priceless memories for generations to come.

“When we bring my niece to visit her tile, the expression on her face is priceless,” says 28-year-old Angelique Freyou of New Iberia.  “When my daughter was born in May, I purchased a tile because I wanted her to experience the same joy and enthusiasm.  In fact, we’re purchasing another for my nephew and all three will be placed together.  I think this is great for the kids.”

This tradition of impacting lives in Acadiana through the miracle of childbirth expands outside hospital walls and into the community.  Benefiting Woman’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of women and their families, the proceeds fund educational programming for youth and parents.  Programs include the Let’s Talk Puberty Series, Safe Sitter and Tweens/Teens with Life Choices (TLC), as well as, weight management programs entitled Kids on the Geaux and Kids in the Kneaux.  Each program aides the Foundation in achieving its mission by equipping participants with wholesome decision-making and leadership skills, self-esteem builders and an array of curriculums developed to garner successful, productive citizens.

Linda Alesi, a veteran board member and tireless supporter of Woman’s Foundation, is the artistic genius who brings life to such a precious monument of hope.  Her passion is matchless.  Her resolve is steady and her dedication is unfathomable.  She, alone, is responsible for hand-crafting over 1100 ceramic fish tiles that adorn exhibit walls.

“I absolutely love it!  And, I’ve seen how meaningful the display is for those who have purchased tiles,” explains the Lafayette native, who volunteered for the assignment.  “I visited the hospital and saw a young boy having his picture taken with his tile after his mom delivered twins.  He was elated…and knew exactly where his tile was located.  This creates ownership for the child and it’s beautiful.”

The captivating mural boasts endless options of designs, colors, shapes and tattoos to choose from.   “No two fish are alike just as no two people are alike,” concludes Alesi.  “So, it shows diversity, beauty of the fish and of people in general.  Here, schools of fish become families of fish.  Becoming a parent and raising a child is the most important thing you will ever do in life regardless of your career.” 

The inspiration for the project originated from a similar exhibit at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.   Soon, families may have the option to purchase two ceramic tiles – one to display in the hospital and a personal one.

For additional information contact:  Woman’s Foundation, Inc. 337-988-1816 /or visit www.womansfoundation.com

 

Acadiana Life, Family

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • VITA Tutor Training Workshops

    09/28/2017
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    Do you want to help someone improve their reading and math skills, pass the HiSET test, or join t...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Birds in South Louisiana

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join in this free fall seminar on birds in South Louisiana, how you can attract them, how you can...


  • Dat Dog Grand Opening

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM

    Dat Dog restaurant will be celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 201 J...


  • Dat Dog Grand Opening

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM

    The new Lafayette restaurant is the first location for Dat Dog outside of the New Orleans area. D...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Citizenship Class

    10/02/2017
    01:30PM — 05:30PM

    VITA will be offering another round of our free classes called “Preparing for the Citizenship Tes...


  • Scotch Doubles (10)

    10/02/2017
    06:00PM

    Join us every other Monday for our Scotch Doubles tournament. Registration starts at 6p, tourname...


  • Flex your creative writing muscles at the museum’s first literature workshop hosted by Cheylon Wo...


  • Ladies Night Karaoke

    09/27/2017
    09:00PM — 02:00AM

    Double whammy! Not only is Karaoke back every Wednesday, but so is Ladies Night! Ladies, come in ...


  • VITA Tutor Training Workshops

    09/28/2017
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    Do you want to help someone improve their reading and math skills, pass the HiSET test, or join t...


  • Birds in South Louisiana

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join in this free fall seminar on birds in South Louisiana, how you can attract them, how you can...


  • Dat Dog Grand Opening

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM

    Dat Dog restaurant will be celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 201 J...


  • Dat Dog Grand Opening

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM

    The new Lafayette restaurant is the first location for Dat Dog outside of the New Orleans area. D...


  • Citizenship Class

    10/02/2017
    01:30PM — 05:30PM

    VITA will be offering another round of our free classes called “Preparing for the Citizenship Tes...


  • Scotch Doubles (10)

    10/02/2017
    06:00PM

    Join us every other Monday for our Scotch Doubles tournament. Registration starts at 6p, tourname...


  • Parents and their children will enjoy story time, songs with finger play, participate in a hands-...


  • Toddler Time

    10/04/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Parents and their children will enjoy story time, songs with finger play, participate in a hands-...


  • The Center for Louisiana Studies will host a film night featuring documentaries from the Archive ...


  • Night Of The Singing Dead

    10/04/2017
    09:00PM — 02:00AM

    Our favorite time of year is approaching and we can't wait to get it started! Join us in kicking ...


  • Ladies Night Karaoke

    10/04/2017
    09:00PM — 02:00AM

    Double whammy! Not only is Karaoke back every Wednesday, but so is Ladies Night! Ladies, come in ...


  • VITA Tutor Training Workshops

    10/05/2017
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    Do you want to help someone improve their reading and math skills, pass the HiSET test, or join t...


  • Freddie Pate in Concert

    10/06/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    FREDDIE PATE and his eight-member band will bring 90 minutes of non-stop music, with a blend of s...


  • Shadows-on-the-Teche Arts & Crafts Fair

    10/07/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Twice a year, the Shadows hosts more than 100 vendors selling their hand-crafted items. From the...


  • Play Day: Music and Movement

    10/07/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Come play with Polly and Lou as we explore Music and Movement through hands on art activities and...


  • Organic Gardening & Soils

    10/07/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join in this free fall seminar on organic gardening, soils, products, best practices and more! ...


  • Citizenship Class

    10/09/2017
    01:30PM — 05:30PM

    VITA will be offering another round of our free classes called “Preparing for the Citizenship Tes...


  • The First World War

    10/11/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the Jeanerette Museum is...


  • Anya Burgess and Chris Segura will lead a special tour of Crafting the South Louisiana Sound that...


  • Ladies Night Karaoke

    10/11/2017
    09:00PM — 02:00AM

    Double whammy! Not only is Karaoke back every Wednesday, but so is Ladies Night! Ladies, come in ...


  • 2017 Footprints Forever 5k Walk/Run

    10/14/2017
    08:00AM — 11:00AM

    Maddie’s Footprints is gearing up for our Eighth Annual Footprints Forever 5K Fun Run/Walk! Footp...


  • Fruit Trees

    10/14/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join in this free fall seminar on fruit trees! Learn about those with high to low maintenance, ho...


  • Yoga en Français dans les galleries

    10/14/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for a special edition yoga en français at the Hilliard Museum during Festival weekend! Pl...


  • We take this opportunity in extending a warm and cordial welcome to you to be a part of the 12th ...


  • Citizenship Class

    10/16/2017
    01:30PM — 05:30PM

    VITA will be offering another round of our free classes called “Preparing for the Citizenship Tes...


  • Scotch Doubles (10)

    10/16/2017
    06:00PM

    Join us every other Monday for our Scotch Doubles tournament. Registration starts at 6p, tourname...


 

 

Current Issue