AMHERST – Families in Cumberland County who are expecting a baby will now be able
to learn about services available to them through the Cumberland Health Authority and Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre in their own living rooms.
The Cumberland Baby Friendly Network with support from the IWK Community Grants program and Cumberland County Community Health Boards has produced a three-part DVD video series that showcases information about local pre and postnatal services featuring local facilities.
The DVD includes a virtual tour of maternal child unit at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, a section on community supports and resources available to families through Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre and Public Health Services and a segment on feeding your newborn baby.
Expecting families planning to deliver their baby at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will be able to view a tour of the delivery room and patient rooms as well as details on what to expect at the hospital well before delivery day. There is up to date information on topics such as available labor supports in hospital, the importance of care practices such as mother and baby skin to skin contact following birth and ways that extended family and friends can support breastfeeding mothers. There is information on the value of talking with health care providers about important issues in early pregnancy, community support groups, home visits and the benefits of connecting with other mothers for support.
This DVD was produced by local artist and videographer Catherine Bussiere in co-operation with the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Public Health Services, Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre, along with the participation of many local families.
The video will soon be available to all expecting families from health care providers at prenatal appointments and programs around the county.
The DVD launch is Tuesday at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Four Fathers Memorial Library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., South Cumberland Community Care Center from 1-3 pm or at Maggie's Place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.