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).