Little Company of Mary has established a reputation as the “Baby Hospital,” since we have helped welcome more than 200,000 babies to the world since we opened in 1930. Baby talk has always been heard in the halls of our Family Birth Center. However, now it’s official—we have added the Baby Talk Newborn Encounter Program for families who deliver at Little Company of Mary Hospital.
Through this exciting new program, trained volunteers visit new families in the hospital and help new parents in many ways. Volunteers will:
- Discover the needs of the family
- Help parents learn and discover how to interact with their newborn baby
- Affirm parents in their role with the child
- Offer resources and referrals to the family as they raise their baby
During visits with new moms, volunteers observe the new family as they interact. They also will provide families with resources to understand how a baby learns and grows. The goal of this national model is to promote engagement and discovery from birth.
A few examples of techniques and concepts parents will learn:
- Tracking: Infants can track a rattle or ball with their eyes. This helps stimulate sensory experiences and promotes brain usage.
- Touch: Infants will hug your fingers with their hands. This helps stimulate the sense of touch.
- Imitation: Infants will imitate your facial expressions. Volunteers can teach parents how to encourage their baby to do this.
The mission of the program is to positively impact child development and nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early years.
We work hard to provide as many services and benefits to parents as we can for the entire pregnancy and birth process. Learn more about the family birth center and our many offerings.