Oh the joy of holding a new born baby! Mothers and fathers to be take time to prepare for the new addition to the family. It is an exciting time for the whole family. To families in need, it is a time of constant worry.
Where will we get the clothes? Where will the baby sleep? What about diapers? Will we have enough food?
These and many more questions are what parents-to-be and parents with newborns are faced with every day in our community. These are families in need of your help.
The Little Sisters of the Assumption recognize the month of May as the month of Mary mother of Jesus in their faith. Many of us celebrate Mothers' Day on the second Sunday of May. So you see, the month of May has special significance for each of us. At Pernet, we would like to appeal to you to consider donating the following items to help mothers-to-be or families with an infant in need during our Virtual Baby Shower.
We will be looking for items such as diapers, baby clothes, baby blankets, infant formula, baby cereal, baby food, baby toys, and laundry soap.
We will be sending you an Amazon Wish List in April.
We look forward to partnering with you for the Virtual Baby Shower.
I am excited to share with you that the Worcester Together Fund awarded us a grant to start the first Universal Newborn Home Visiting program here in Worcester. For many years, Pernet Family Health Service has been known for our expert and highly effective home visiting practices, and for skillful identification of health and developmental risk factors. With this new program, we will provide new parents in Worcester with every opportunity to succeed and to raise a healthy, safe child. We will do this as a collaboration with Family Health Center of Worcester, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, and Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative.
At the visit, the mother and child will be assessed as to their welfare, living conditions, support systems, general health and risk factors. Some new mothers will simply need reassurance and best wishes. Others will require supportive services. Appropriate referrals will be made, resulting in an at-risk parent beginning to receive support and services before reaching the point of crisis.
Our focus will be on the prevention of abuse, neglect and developmental delays in a newborn. We also seek to improve maternal health by reducing postpartum depression, connecting at-risk or struggling mothers with supportive resources, and reinforcing the importance of postpartum visits.
In the new few weeks, we will be working on the final details of this program. We wish to give families a healthier start.
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.