Positive Parenting Project Seeks to Make Difference in Morgan County
MOORESVILLE, Indiana - Franciscan Health Mooresville now offers eligible, soon-to-be and new mothers an opportunity to participate in a free, personalized program where they will receive needed infant care supplies for attending postpartum educational sessions with a registered nurse.
To qualify for the program, mothers must be Morgan County residents who are one month, or less, from giving birth, or who have an infant no older than one month of age. They must also have a history of at least two of the following risk factors:
- Unstable living situation
- Child Protective Services involvement
- Postpartum depression or other behavioral concerns
- Domestic violence
As the only hospital with labor and delivery services in Morgan County, Franciscan Health Mooresville is in a unique position to serve these families. Sessions are completed in a one-on-one setting in a learning lab environment.
Class topics include:
- The basics: sleep, transportation and initial care
- Coping and managing with stress
- Nursery safety
- Staying active and healthy
“Every session is individualized, catering to the needs of each new mother and meeting her where she’s at,” says Glenda Williams, RN and primary instructor in the Positive Parenting Project.
Women will receive infant care supplies during each session and for attending follow-up sessions, including safe sleep items, child safety devices, car seats and baby health and hygiene supplies.
“I believe in this project and think it’s a great idea,” Williams said. “Our mothers can get lost in translation; many get little to no prenatal care. Even if I can change one thing for a woman or child so they won’t be a statistic, I think we’ll have succeeded.”
In addition to these sessions, participants will have access to other hospital programs for additional breastfeeding and nutrition education, home safety visits and substance abuse education and resources.
Families that need further support will also be connected to the Grace Project, a patient assistance fund established by Franciscan Alliance Foundation Central Indiana. The project is geared to help break the cycles of opiate addiction and its effects on families.
By Conner Strack
Conner Strack was an intern with the Marketing and Communications Department at Franciscan Health Indianapolis. He recently received his bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University in Muncie.