July 3, 2007
New parents can get the most up-to-date information on parenting from the Newborn Channel, a recent addition to services at MGH.
Marquette General Hospital recently became one of the 1000+ hospitals nationwide to subscribe to an educational programming system for families of newborns called The Newborn Channel.
The Newborn Channel is a satellite television network that provides new parents with eight hours of programming, shown three times a day, 24-hours a day. Parents delivering in the MGH/Family Birthing Center will now find it offered on channel 31.
Support for the new service was provided by the Marquette-Alger Child Abuse and Neglect Council with money raised at the 2006 Catch A Falling Star Auction. Great Parents Great Start of the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency and a private donor also provided financial support for the service.
“The Newborn Channel is being used to enhance our patient education and really meet parents’ needs,” said Candy Weber, community education coordinator of the Women’s & Children’s Center. “It’s not just limited to mom and dad – anyone visiting the Family Birthing Center or in the NICU or Pediatric Unit can view the channel.”
Patients can watch up to 37 programs covering critical parenting topics, which include infant care, new mom care, breastfeeding, child development, family life and immunizations. Information provided in the programming has been approved by board certified specialists in the field of maternal-child care.
“On each programming guide located in Family Birthing Center rooms, nurses check off the most important programs that they would like new parents to watch,” said Weber.
These programs include topics covering jaundice, Shaken Baby Syndrome, car seat safety, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and first aid precautions.
The Newborn Channel helps to reduce anxiety about infant care experienced by parents, as well as providing information and resources, answering questions and promoting a holistic approach for emotional, mental and physical well being after delivery.
Launched in 1992, the Newborn Channel is the only satellite network televised in hospitals exclusively for the education of mothers nationwide. All Newborn Channel programming content is reviewed annually by and is in compliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines for prenatal care.
The Women’s & Children’s Center at Marquette General meets patients’ needs both professionally and personally. The Center’s staff provides their patients with experience, education and complete care from conception to parenting, and beyond.
For more information about the Newborn Channel, please call the Women’s & Children’s Center at (906) 225-3081 or 1-800-562-9753, ext. 3081.