VAN NUYS, CA — Valley Presbyterian Hospital recently launched its Welcome Baby prenatal
and infant care program and is enrolling eligible maternity patients into
the free program.
The Welcome Baby program was made possible through a grant from First 5
LA, a child and family advocacy organization. The hospital has partnered
with nonprofit organization El Nido Family Centers to provide home-based
services to Welcome Baby participants.
"Through the Welcome Baby program, we are improving maternity care
to meet the growing needs of mothers, children and families in the San
Fernando Valley," said Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing
Officer Lori Burnell.
Welcome Baby offers free hospital and home-based services to qualified
pregnant women and mothers who live in designated areas of Los Angeles
County and give birth at participating hospitals. The First 5 LA initiative
is designed to strengthen families by improving the physical and emotional
health and safety of children throughout Los Angeles County. The program
is offered to all qualifying families, regardless of risk factors or socioeconomic status.
All families whose babies are delivered at Valley Presbyterian Hospital
will receive a Welcome Baby hospital visit at the time of their child's
birth, and may be eligible for up to nine postpartum visits. Qualified
Welcome Baby hospital liaisons visit with each family to address a wide
spectrum of maternity concerns, such as breastfeeding, prenatal health
testing, active labor signs, postpartum depression, infant nutrition,
infant jaundice and growth stages.
To learn more about Welcome Baby and sign up for the program, please call
ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and non-sectarian
hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community
for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute
care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered
care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology
and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives.