New Parent Programs at Glendive Medical Center

May 8, 2017

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to ensure that all birthing hospitals and centers become “centers of breastfeeding support.” In the summer of 2016, Glendive Medical Center (GMC) was the fourth hospital in Montana to earn the Baby-Friendly Designation. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving all mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

The Baby Bistro

The Baby Bistro is free, open every Tuesday from 4 – 6 p.m., and does not require an appointment. A nurse will weigh the baby and answer any questions the parent may have. The Baby Bistro is offered to families with babies newborn to one year.

The Baby Bistro is an opportunity to:
Meet and speak with a Certified Lactation Counselor and/or mom/baby nurse
Have the baby weighed and measured by a RN
Receive breastfeeding support and get expert advice about positioning, latching, establishing or managing milk supply, pumping, weaning, and more
Meet other moms and babies in the community
Bring questions and concerns regarding newborn cares and/or findings

The last Tuesday of every month, Glendive Medical Center will have a physical or occupational therapist available to give the infants a free assessment and discuss the infant’s development. The Baby Bistro is a valuable resource for breastfeeding support, but is open to all families regardless of their feeding method!

Belly to Baby

Belly to Baby are free prenatal classes offered at Glendive Medical Center every other month on the third Tuesday.  These classes are open to expecting mothers & their support person. The class is one night and lasts approximately three hours.

Class Includes:
Hands-on practice with bathing the baby and swaddling
Labor and delivery
Postpartum cares
Hospital stay
All about what the baby will look like
How to care for the baby for the first few weeks
Breastfeeding

Upcoming Dates for the 2017 Belly to Baby Classes:
May 16th
July 18th
Sept 19th
November 21st

 

Learn more here! 

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