Welcome Baby Program Now at Two Providence Hospitals

October 31, 2014

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center has become the second Providence hos­pital in Southern California to implement the Welcome Baby program, an initia­tive created by First 5 LA to help give children the best possible start in life. The program also was implemented at Prov­idence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro.

Welcome Baby addresses the following First 5 LA goal areas: that babies are born healthy, that children are safe from abuse and neglect, that children maintain a healthy weight and that children are ready for kindergarten. Using “parent coaches,” Welcome Baby addresses prenatal testing, home planning/safety, labor signs, breastfeeding, maternal depression screening, family nutrition, infant assessments and growth and development milestones.

First 5 LA issues grants to hospitals to hire professionally trained parent coaches who visit with families during the baby’s first nine months to provide support, information and education. Families resid­ing in specific neighborhoods surrounding the Welcome Baby hospitals are eligible for additional services, including prenatal visits with a parent coach.

Visiting parents in their own homes is important, says Brenda Hart Bailey, a Wel­come Baby parent coach at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. “I enjoy the client-centered ap­proach of the program, which allows the client to determine what she wants to address during that visit,” she explains.

For more information, call 1-818-496-4173 (for Providence Holy Cross) or 1-310-514-5444 (for Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro).