"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

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Source: Tracey Beauchamp, Santa Barbara County Education Office

The Santa Barbara County Education Office is pleased to announce the “Welcome Every Baby” program is now certified as an evidence-based Family Connects model. WEB is a program that has provided more than 16,000 nurse home visits in Santa Barbara County for families with newborns for over 19 years. In the last 11 years, this program has been provided as part of the Children and Family Resource Services, a partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. In addition to the Family Connect certification, the program is getting a new name and a fresh look.

Within the first three weeks after the baby’s birth, a registered nurse visits the family in their home to check on mother and baby, offer supportive guidance on newborn care and feeding, and link the family to community resources based on their unique needs. Nurses may return for follow-up visits, if needed, and they ensure families are connected back to their medical providers for continued care.

Originally launched in 2000, as a planning grant funded by First 5 Santa Barbara County, this innovative approach to positive early childhood outcomes will now be known as Welcome Every Baby (WEB) Family Connects. WEB Family Connects is primarily funded by First 5 Santa Barbara County, Cottage Hospital, and the Bower Foundation.

Family Connects is an evidence-based model for supporting newborns and their families, and it is free for every eligible family* in Santa Barbara County with a new baby. “Eligible families” are those not otherwise served by Public Health’s Maternal Child & Adolescent Health Program or Marian’s Dignity Health Home Health.

The Family Connects model was created by the Center for Child & Family Policy (CCFP) at Duke University in partnership with the Durham County Department of Public Health and the Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH), a community-based provider of family support services.

Ongoing randomized, controlled trials — results of which have been published in the journals Pediatrics and American Journal of Public Health — have shown the remarkable efficacy of the Family Connects model. These studies have shown that families that received a nurse home visit demonstrated higher quality parenting practices, better maternal mental health, safer home environments, higher quality child care selection, and fewer hospitalizations or emergency room visits for their child, when compared to families who did not receive a nurse home visit.

Based on these strong outcomes, there has been widespread interest in replicating the Family Connects model in communities throughout the U.S. To meet this demand, CCFP and CCFH developed a framework for assessing community readiness, training agencies to deliver the service, and providing ongoing technical support. In 2018, Family Connects International was established at the Duke Center for Child & Family Policy to accelerate the development of new program sites. There are now 16 Family Connects sites actively providing nurse home visits in 10 states, and 14 others are in some phase of implementation.

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Shasta Guy Jun 17, 2019 07:11 PM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

This is a wonderful program for brand new parents, especially if their support network is thin. Our first child was colicky and tested our reserves to the breaking point. WEB provides much needed advise and tips for the new normal that can be overwhelming for young parents.

a-1563624404 Jun 17, 2019 01:33 PM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

Visiting Nurses also help prevent many many rehospitalizations . I have used them 5 or 6 times . Great home health educators !

Lucky 777 Jun 17, 2019 12:11 PM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

Viewing the video series CALL THE MIDWIFE would give you lots of dramatized stories of the similar British National Health program that has been in place there, entirely FREE, since WWII. Pre-natal care, home or hospital birth, support for families, mother, fathers, and children.

Factotum Jun 17, 2019 11:18 AM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

First Five tax dollar funding was originally dedicated to pre-school education, which after 20 years provided no discernable value, other than tax payer paid baby sitting. Now mission creep uses these First Five tax dollar to impose the state into the very first hours of parent child bonding. Your tax dollars at work, still seeking a mission to keep the tax dollars flowing when the first mission proved fruitless..

SoCalMommy Jun 17, 2019 09:14 AM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

WEB is a fantastic program. When we were being discharged from the hospital after my son's birth we were asked if we wanted to participate. The nurse at the time said "Believe me, you want to." so we agreed. Three days after my son was born a very sweet nurse came to our home and spent over two hours with us. Her guidance was invaluable. Those first few days are *daunting* to say the least, and breastfeeding is not always easy right off the bat. The nurse provided so much insight and helpful info not only for me, but for my husband as well, suggesting ways he could support me while breastfeeding, etc. So glad to know that this program is being appreciated!!

Luvaduck Jun 17, 2019 09:22 AM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

I'd have been delighted. I struggled. It's a nurse not a probation officer, help from a qualified medical profession for free, a benefit well-to-do people often pay for privately. If you were making meth in your kitchen, had reeking garbage laying around or something equally awful, you would decline the offer. (Which is sad since obviously these would be situations where the poor baby doesn't have much of a future.)

mm1970 Jun 17, 2019 09:17 AM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

It was absolutely amazing. Both times. It's voluntary. Or at least it was. The first time, the nurse warned me "it's been five days, you mind find yourself getting overly emotional in the next day or two" and we scoffed. Boy was she right and I'm SO GLAD I had the warning. The second time was crucial for helping me get to a good place with nursing. I was having a very hard time. It's so very much worth it. Amazing program.

RHS Jun 17, 2019 08:24 AM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

Wonderful program. Early childhood support is critical to reducing illness and getting early intervention when needed. We all benefit from such cost reducing activities. Only knee jerk reactionaries want to leave this sort of care to the poorest parents and ignore the child's needs.

mm1970 Jun 17, 2019 09:18 AM
"Welcome Every Baby" Program Certified

"These studies have shown that families that received a nurse home visit demonstrated higher quality parenting practices, better maternal mental health, safer home environments, higher quality child care selection, and fewer hospitalizations or emergency room visits for their child, when compared to families who did not receive a nurse home visit." Worth it.

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