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VPH Launches Welcome Baby Program

Posted on 7/8/2014

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 818.902.3930.


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.