Gritman Medical Center supports breast feeding as the best source of nutrition for newborns. To help our new mothers succeed, we have a Certified Lactation Consultant as well as several nurses who are Certified Lactation Counselors. Our lactation specialists are available to answer questions and help nursing moms even after discharge from the hospital.
A few days after discharge, mom and baby will return to Gritman for a post clinic. During this time a physical assessment and vital signs are done on both you and your baby. The baby is weighed and his or her bilirubin level is checked. This is a time for you to ask questions. It is also a good time for lactation assistance. If needed, your physician is notified and an appointment is made for a follow-up in your physician’s office.
Our new moms support group meets each Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Martin Wellness Center, 510 W. Palouse River Drive, Moscow. This program is free and open to all new moms. Registration is not required.
Enjoy a relaxed setting with discussions facilitated by the Child and Family Services Coordinator. We offer information and support on topics including infant care and development, breastfeeding and feeding, parenting, post partum care, crying, family relationships and more. We have fun sharing ideas, doing holiday projects and chatting about motherhood.
Resources and support are based on current research in the field of early learning and child development. For more information contact Teresa at (208) 883-6399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Steps is a nationally recognized program offering support, education and resources to all parents. First Steps staff and volunteers walk you through the hospital birthing center and provide you with an educational Welcome Baby packet filled with information and gifts. First Steps offers three months of follow up support, information and resources to parents through phone calls and mailings, immunization reminder postcards and registration assistance to the Ages and Stages Program. First Steps also offers prenatal resources for expecting parents. All of the First Steps Services are free.
First Steps maintains a resource lending library at Gritman Medical Center that is stocked with books on topics from prenatal care through adolescence. Call (208) 883-6399 to learn more.