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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition and Indian River Medical Center's Partners in Women's Health has joined forces to provide funding and services for two programs designed for pregnant women through the first year of their child's life.
"Providing the Partner's in Pregnancy program and TLC Newborn through the hospital will allow us to have a continuum of service from pre to post natal," said Rebecca Russell-Gootee, executive director for Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition.
"This partnership will allow us to expand the TLC program, helping to provide skilled nursing staff in the hospital and trained educators in the classroom."
"The partnership will help provide education, training and support during a woman's pregnancy, delivery and continue throughout her baby's first year of life," said Nurse Donna Riordan, director of women's health care, pediatrics and partners in women's health at Indian River Medical Center.
Partners in Women's Health is in its fourth year of providing funding through grants by the hospital district, as well as programs for women who are pregnant.
The PIPP program offers supportive information on what is happening to the pregnant body and the baby during the months of pregnancy, teaches healthy nutrition, introduces birthing choices, provides hospital tours, swaddling techniques and supportive birth experiences. These programs are free and open to the public.
They are held at either the hospital or at the Partners in Women's Health offices located behind the New Vision Eye Center building, at 1050 37th Place, suites 101 and 102.
The TLC Newborn program will be introduced to participants of the PIPP classes and once the birth occurs, those new parents will segue into the TLC program at expanded classroom space at the Healthy Start Coalition offices.
TLC will then provide education on the child's growth and development, social groups, media networking and provide lactation support for the first year of the child's life. While the hospital will provide class instructors, the Healthy Start Coalition is the funding agency providing the administrative oversight in making sure the programs are in compliance with
State and federal guidelines are followed and the service is provided to satisfy the needs of the maternal child and infants in the county. Classes are open to the public and are free.
The Healthy Start Coalition office is located at 333 17th St., Suite R, just west of the intersection of Indian River Drive and the Alma Lee Loy Bridge.
While some classes are currently in session through Partners in Women's Health, the remaining spectrum of classes will begin by late September at both locations.
For more information, call (772) 563-9118 or visit www.irchealthystart.org.