Free E-mail Service for Expectant and New Parents 07/24/2009
Obstetrical patients and new parents at St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children now have a resource to guide them through their pregnancy and the first year of their baby’s life, St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children weekly parenting e-mail. Expectant parents are faced with a bewildering range of pregnancy and parenting information – books, magazines, television and the well-meaning advice of friends and family. It is difficult to know how to sort it all out. This new, free weekly service offers expectant and new parents customized information, news and resources from St. Mary’s Personal Birth Consultant, Terri Cooper, RN, and allows the hospital team to develop a richer, more supportive relationship with their patients.
Patients can enroll at their OB provider or by signing up online to start receiving weekly parenting e-mail messages during the seventh week of pregnancy. Messages are personalized to the patient’s due date and continue for the first year of their baby’s life. During pregnancy, the messages include week-by-week information on fetal development, wellness tips and other valuable resources. Expectant parents can get answers to questions like, “When will my baby smile?” “Can I color my hair while I’m pregnant?” “When will I start to show?” After the baby is born, messages offer child development information, practical tips on baby care, health and safety information and other topics of special interest to new parents. St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children weekly parenting e-mail also provides brief reviews of the latest research on pregnancy and newborn issues in an easy-to-understand format.