“Wall of Hope” unveiled in NICU

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One section of the Wall of Hope

It’s a journey of ups followed by downs, some in-betweens and cherished moments of triumph: life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) – now can be seen in an amazing (and adorable) display outside of Hennepin Healthcare’s NICU. On Saturday, October 26, 2019 the photographs will be officially unveiled.

Some babies get a rough start when they enter this world, but many end up thriving thanks to dedicated professionals who deliver round-the-clock care using the latest technology available. But all of that medical know-how cannot replace the love that helps these babies feel safe and secure so they can respond to treatment.

“While our staff are skilled at cuddling, soothing and swaddling little ones, no arms can replace the love from parents and families of our tiniest patients who must hold and touch their babies through a maze of tubes and monitors,” explains Laura Gary, Nurse Manager of Hennepin Healthcare’s NICU. “Every NICU graduate is a testimony to this partnership, now captured through inspirational images in our Wall of Hope.”

Join us as we unveil Hennepin Healthcare’s NICU “Wall of Hope” and celebrate the miraculous journey of these little ones on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10am to noon at our Clinic & Specialty Center, 715 South 8th St. in Minneapolis.

After a brief reception featuring some of the NICU “graduates” featured in the photographs by Philip Hussong, guests will go to the NICU for the official unveiling of the display. For more information, go to hennepinhealthcare.org/wallofhope.

Free parking is available in the Clinic & Specialty Center’s underground garage off of Park Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets (821 Park Avenue South). Take the elevator to the first floor for the event.

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New program supports emotional health of moms and babies

First of its kind program in Minnesota offers mental health services to support women and families — including a “Day Hospital” 

MotherBabyimageThe Mother-Baby Program at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is the first of its kind in Minnesota, offering a range of mental health services to support women and families. Only three other programs of this type  exist nationwide.

With a mission to support families by strengthening the emotional health and parenting capacity of mothers, this unique program includes outpatient psychiatry services, a HopeLine triage and resource line, and a day hospital for pregnant women and mothers experiencing depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress. Continue reading “New program supports emotional health of moms and babies”

HCMC Selected for Unprecedented National Effort to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in US Hospitals

HCMC  joins exclusive group of hospitals transforming maternity care services in states with low breastfeeding rates

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) announced today that it has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest.  Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of US-born babies are given formula within the first week, and by 9 months, only 31% of babies are breastfeeding at all.  Best Fed Beginnings seeks to reverse these trends by dramatically increasing the number of US hospitals implementing a proven model for maternity services that better supports a new mother’s choice to breastfeed. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is leading the effort through a cooperative funding agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will be working closely with Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. Continue reading “HCMC Selected for Unprecedented National Effort to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in US Hospitals”