The Seward Infant Learning Program and community volunteers have joined together to provide home visits to families of newborns. The purpose of the home visit is to offer information on infant health and development and to acquaint parents with the many services Seward has to offer. Families also have the opportunity during this visit to ask questions about their newborn. A reference book and other gifts for the baby are offered during the home visit as a reminder to the family of the importance of a healthy start for their newborn
WHY IS THE HOME VISIT IMPORTANT?
For most parents, the time following their child’s birth is a time of adjustment and challenge. It is a time when many questions about newborn health and development may arise. The home visit is a natural and comfortable setting for parents to get their questions addressed in a sensitive and unhurried manner. The reference book helps parents find answers to many other questions during the first year of their baby’s life.
WHY IS THE QUILT OFFERED TO PARENTS?
The quilt and other baby gifts are offered as a way of saying congratulations and best wishes. These gifts symbolize the community’s commitment to the well-being of children and their families and serve as a reminder of the services available through Public Health Nursing and Infant Learning Program.
HOW DO FAMILIES REQUEST A HOME VISIT?
Families of newborns can request a home visit by contacting the Infant learning Program at 224-5257.
WHO FUNDS AND SPONSORS THE PROJECT?
The project is coordinated by the Seward Infant Learning Program. The quilts are made by community members and the Seward Area Quilters. Donations from Holland America and private individuals also make the Baby Welcome Wagon Project possible.