Having a baby can be one of the most incredible, memorable moments of your life. Imagine your baby looking up at you, smiling, as you talk in a funny voice or blow raspberries to make them laugh. You’re overcome with so much love and protection for someone who has their whole life ahead of them.
At the same time, you miss sleeping in and taking the time to relax yourself. You realize you’re trying to rebuild your identity before you had a baby. How do you balance caring for a newborn while making sure you don’t lose your sense of self?
CCI Health & Wellness Services is launching CenteringParenting®, a family centered well-child group care that brings parents and same-age babies together in community with their healthcare providers and other parents who are experiencing similar things at the same time. When parents have a safe and supportive setting to share their experiences, ask questions, and explore a range of topics related to their child’s healthcare, development, and safety – things begin to change.
In Prince George’s County, Maryland, CCI serves low-income, minority families who not only lack access to affordable healthcare services but can often lack a strong social support network. CenteringParenting will change this.
6-8 families will come together for 2 hour group visits, where babies receive comprehensive care, developmental screenings, and immunizations, and parents learn how to make healthier choices for their infants, themselves, and their families. The funds raised in this challenge will support the launch of CenteringParenting at CCI - ensuring up to 30 low-income families have access to this program.
Your support is critical to help newborns have a healthy start to life and we’re thankful for the opportunity to increase your support through the Charity Challenge.
To learn more about CCI Health & Wellness Services and its health services, please visit http://cciweb.org.