First-time mother Amanda and her daughter Bailey are just one mother-baby pair that has benefited from the Every Baby Matters Mission (EBMM) at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels.
“I was still getting to know Bailey within those first two weeks of bringing her home,” Amanda said. “I was overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do. The EBMM nurse, Michelle, addressed my concerns, helped me with breastfeeding and also showed me different techniques for burping, sleeping and swaddling. Nothing fully prepares you for a baby, so having help from a knowledgeable, friendly professional in the comfort of my home was so reassuring. Michelle was wonderful!”
Amanda is more confident than ever and grateful for the reassurance and education she gained from Michelle. “When I was told about the EBMM program at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels, I didn’t hesitate to participate. I’ve learned so many important skills from Michelle that will help me with Bailey and my future children and that’s priceless,” Amanda added. “Having her come to our home was so convenient. It’s a lot of work to prepare for an outing with a baby, so we were go grateful she could come to us!”
The Friends Foundation has been essential in providing funds in support of the EBMM at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels. Serving nearly 400 patients annually, the program allows new mothers the opportunity for in-home visits by a registered nurse following delivery. The nurse provides educational information on maternal and child health issues and child development, as well as a medical follow-up for mother and baby. The EBMM program is a free service available to high-risk parents, ranging from teen mothers with pre-term babies to those with feeding or social issues. The ultimate goal is to gain sufficient funding from the community to be able to expand the EBMM and make it available to all new mothers.