The Rockingham Memorial Hospital Community Health Family Partnership has received a $5,000 grant from the Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT) to provide free home visits to new moms and their infants with high needs and to provide a support program for all new mothers.
The FACT grant will help offer services to all new parents in the community and home visits to families with the greatest needs, said Katherine Montgomery, manager, RMH Community Health.
“I’m glad we can offer this service to parents who need it most,” Montgomery said. “It offers new parents the support they need in a very timely manner to give them a healthy beginning. Having a new baby to care for can be very stressful. Our trained staff are experts in what’s going on with mom and baby, and they offer multiple
resources and guidance.”
Trained staff will help new moms make follow-up appointments with their pediatrician and obstetrician during the in-home visits.
They will teach techniques for staying calm when the baby is crying and educate parents about car seat safety, caring for siblings, assessing birth control options and transitioning back to work.
The staff will also provide moms with a community resource guide.
The RMH Community Health Family Partnership consists of several programs to assist new mothers and many classes are offered in both Spanish and English.
Since 1986, the Family and Children's Trust Fund (FACT) has worked to encourage public/private partnerships to prevent and treat family violence in Virginia.
To find out more information about the RMH Community Health Family Partnership programs, visit www.RMHonline.com.
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