UMass Memorial Babies Break the Internet!

Victory is sweet, but our babies are even sweeter! A photo of our most adorable good luck charms dressed in Patriots blankets and pompom hats garnered some serious media attention yesterday with more than 19,000 shares and 1.9K comments on Facebook as of press time! The photo was shared on national news outlets and on local media in 31 states. It even made its way to Canada! And, our Facebook feed is being flooded with comments and photos of more Pats babies from across the country! A big thank you to UMass Memorial Medical Center mother-baby nurses, Wendy Childs, RN, Suzanne Golas, RN, Jill Brigham, RN, Kim Moody, RN, Betty Chviruk, RN, Angela Przymusik, RN, Cynthia Sandstrom, RN and retired NICU nurse Anna Golas, who made Patriots blankets for all our babies, and to the night shift nurses who made the Patriots pompom hats to give to moms and their new little Patriots fans!

Women’s Health Series: Take a Virtual Maternity Center Tour

Delivering a baby may not be “simple,” but deciding where to deliver should be! In response to an increasing demand for tours of our Maternity Center, we now offer an online tour of the Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition to providing parents-to-be with a snapshot of both units, the video includes a brief overview of what to expect when delivery time comes from Julia Johnson, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Larry Rhein, MD, chief of the NICU, and fellow parents who have experienced first-hand what it’s like to deliver here. Watch the tour and check out our other resources by visiting Simply Women. #SimplyWomen

Medical Center Newborns Celebrated Super Bowl in Style!

Two Maternity Center nurses made sweet hats and blankets for our tiniest Patriots fans.

A big thank you to our Medical Center mother-baby nurses, Susan Contonio and Suzanne Golas, who, for the second year in a row, made 60 cozy Patriots blankets and adorable pom-pom hats to give to moms and their new little Patriots fans on Super Bowl Sunday! Last year’s image of our Patriots babies decked out in their hand-made fan gear went viral and garnered a great deal of media attention!

Partnership Brings Harrington HealthCare Deliveries to Medical Center

Our Maternity Center is pleased to announce we now perform deliveries for expectant mother patients from Harrington HealthCare. The partnership between the Medical Center and Harrington HealthCare, which became effective October 1, reflects the “best of both worlds” for the local community, combining personalized, patient-centric care within the Harrington offices and the advanced medical attention and compassionate nursing at our Medical Center. Harrington HealthCare’s obstetric patients will continue to receive nearly all of their pre- and post-natal care in Southbridge and Spencer, including office visits, routine ultrasounds, childbirth classes and breastfeeding support.

Expecting? Winter Childbirth Classes Scheduled

Childbirth Classes 1Get the best start for you and your family by taking a childbirth class before and after pregnancy. Our Maternity Center partners with New England Prenatal and Family Education to offer expecting/new moms and their partners classes on a range of topics, including prepared childbirth, newborn care, breastfeeding, and infant CPR and safety to learn important birthing and parenting information. Learn more about class descriptions, schedules and registration information on the Medical Center website, the New England Prenatal and Family Education website or call 855-366-5221. Classes are currently scheduled through February.

Girl Scouts Honor Anniversary with a Gift to the Maternity Center 

Girl Scout DonationA local Girl Scouts troop celebrated their anniversary – which falls on Halloween! – by donating a gift bag to the first newborn girl born in our Maternity Center on October 31. One lucky family received a gift bag filled with baby clothes, a quilt, toys and more. The troop (pictured) visited our Maternity Center to deliver the gifts on the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912. Postpartum nurses Rachel Becker (left) and Lucy Swenson (right) greeted the troop during the visit.

Expecting? New Childbirth Classes Begin in June 

Childbirth Classes 2Our Maternity Center partners with New England Prenatal and Family Education program to offer you and your family childbirth classes on our Memorial Campus before and after pregnancy. Experienced childbirth educators provide informative classes on a range of topics, including prepared childbirth, newborn care, breastfeeding, infant CPR and safety, and infant massage to help expecting/new moms and their partners learn important birthing and parenting information. Learn more about class descriptions, schedules and registration information on the Medical Center website, the New England Prenatal and Family Education website or call 855-366-5221.

Books for Babies Gives the Gift of Literacy 

Books for BabiesVolunteers are giving the gift of literacy to every baby born in our Maternity Center thanks to the Read Out and Read Program and the Worcester Family Partnership Program. RSVP volunteers deliver what is, for some families, baby’s first book while still in the hospital. The Books for Babies delivered make it possible for parents and encourage them to read to their children in the years before they go to school to learn to read by themselves, with the goal of stopping the pattern of children arriving for kindergarten and first grade not ready to learn to read. Read the article.