Ob grant 2019 1
Press Release Written By Sagan Wheeler

Grant Funding to Support Families

Ivin­son Memo­r­i­al Hospital’s women’s health team, cham­pi­oned by Dr. Saman­tha Her­riott, OB/GYN at Ivin­son Med­ical Group and Deb Daw­son, fam­i­ly care direc­tor, was recent­ly award­ed a grant from the Wyoming Depart­ment of Health, Mater­nal and Child Unit and the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol to sup­port sub­stance exposed new­borns and their families. 

Grant fund­ing will sup­port enhanced train­ing and devel­op­ment of staff to be bet­ter equipped to care for fam­i­lies as well as pro­gram devel­op­ment to sup­port new­borns and families. 

Ivin­son providers and nurs­es will attend Eat/​Sleep/​Console method (ESC) cours­es in Den­ver this fall and will return to Ivin­son to train all Fam­i­ly Care providers and nurs­es on this method. The ESC method has been shown to keep fam­i­lies togeth­er as babies are sup­port­ed through drug with­draw­al. This mod­el will be used at Ivin­son Memo­r­i­al Hos­pi­tal with the goal of empow­er­ing the moth­er to learn how to care for her baby at the hos­pi­tal and when she goes home,” said Dawson.

In addi­tion to fund­ing for ESC train­ing, grant fund­ing will also sup­port nurs­es at Ivin­son to become Cer­ti­fied Lac­ta­tion Coun­selors (CLCs). CLCs will teach moth­ers skin to skin con­sol­ing tech­niques and how to feed their infants. CLCs will assess the infant’s abil­i­ty to breast or bot­tle feed, assess latch and milk trans­fer and teach the new moms ear­ly hunger cues which helps decrease stress in the with­draw­ing baby. With more trained Cer­ti­fied Lac­ta­tion Con­sul­tants, Ivin­son will be bet­ter equipped to sup­port moth­ers and babies after dis­charge with out­pa­tient fol­low-up classes. 

Grant fund­ing will also sup­port the ini­tial start-up costs of Stork Sup­port, a com­mu­ni­ty clos­et that will serve as a resource for patients who do not have the means to pro­vide essen­tials for their new­born baby. The clos­et will sup­ply new­born car seats, pack and plays for safe sleep, dia­pers, baby wipes, breast­feed­ing essen­tials and new­born cloth­ing. The entire Laramie com­mu­ni­ty has been so sup­port­ive of this ini­tia­tive. We are thrilled to see the pos­i­tive impacts we can make for moms and babies,” said Herriott. 

For more infor­ma­tion on the Women’s Health Clin­ic at Ivin­son Med­ical Group or Ivin­son Memo­r­i­al Hospital’s Fam­i­ly Care Unit, please call (307) 755 – 4540.

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