January 19 2018,  Peabody

North Shore Mother Visiting Program news

The North Shore Mother Visiting Program (NS MVP) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting referrals for one-time home visits to caregivers who have just welcomed a new infant to the home. NS MVP is also excited to announce that with generous support from Lahey Hospital Corporation (Lahey) in the amount of $6,200, it has been able to expand outreach efforts to pediatricians, obstetric providers, mental health practitioners, and childcare agencies. NS MVP has partnered with Lahey’s Parent Education Department to introduce the program to the many mother groups hosted at Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert. The additional financial support from Lahey has also allowed NS MVP to purchase supplies for home visits and create a database that will allow the Public Health Nurses to track trends and improve visits during the one-year pilot project.

Mothers or other caregivers with new infants in the home from the communities of Gloucester, Newburyport, Beverly, Peabody and Hamilton may call their local Health Department to set up a free, one-time visit by a Public Health Nurse. The nurse will visit a mother or other caregiver, ideally within 12 weeks (but up to one year) of giving birth or adopting a baby, regardless of the mother/caregiver’s age, insurance, income or number of children. The visit will last approximately an hour and a half and will take place in the mother/caregiver’s home or at a mutually agreed on location. All services provided by the nurse will be free and confidential.

Once registered for a home visit, a new mom/caregiver or soon-to-be-mom/caregiver may enroll at Baby Box University (https://www.babyboxuniversity.com). A short video with several follow-up questions must be completed in order to receive a free Baby Box. Baby Boxes are based on the Finnish tradition of providing a safe sleep space for infants. A nurse will bring a Baby Box filled with baby supplies and community resources to the home visit. NS MVP has received book donations from several local libraries as well as from gift cards from Pea Pod by Stop & Shop.

For more information about NS MVP, please contact Public Health Nurse Chassea Robinson at the Peabody Health Department at (978) 538-5931. To sign up for a home visit, contact your community’s local Health Department.

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