Best Beginnings

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Welcome your newborn. Families that are connected community services have more resources to support their family.  Children born in El Dorado County receive personalized community resources through a home visit by nursing staff from their hospital.

Families that are connected community services have more resources to support their family.  According to the Pew Charitable Trust, evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs improve child and family outcomes, and saves money for states and taxpayers.  Forty-nine percent of families engaged in First 5 Initiatives learned of community resources to support their family and newborn child through a Best Beginnings home visit.

 

Best Beginnings

First 5 El Dorado offers parents of newborns personalized community resources through a home visit by nursing staff from their hospital.

Marshall Medical Center

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History and Goals:

Best Beginnings

Families delivering newborn children at Marshall Medical Center and Barton Memorial Hospital are offered a home visit to support parents in the weeks following delivery.

A Registered Nurse will follow up with families two to four weeks after delivery to conduct short health assessments for mom and baby and provide education, support and referrals as needed.  Additional support for moms choosing to breastfeed is offered.

Through this Initiative, parents are offered information about our community through a Child Health Record and a Kit for New Parents.  The importance of healthy development is stressed and families are connected to Together We Grow to follow their baby’s progress.

Families with newborn children delivering outside of El Dorado County are encouraged to attend a “Mother Goose on the Loose” session at their local library to connect with community services.

13-14 Accomplishments

The Best Beginnings (BB) projects at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe and Marshall Medical Hospital on the Western Slope offered in‐hospital support, follow‐up home visits, and connections to community resources to the families of 539 newborn babies and their siblings (614).  Families accessing home visits received information about community resources, screening for postpartum depression, and assistance with feeding.  About one‐third (33%) of families where the youngest child was born in El Dorado County reported having a BB home visit. Nearly all (92%) reported receiving information about community resources at these visits.

Long Term Goal and Objective:

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