Friday, August 24, 2012

A special delivery for new mothers


Kristen Barnicle, associate director of Community Health for Partners HealthCare, left, with Batista

Following the birth of their babies, 19 new mothers at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center took home more than just their new bundle of joy – they also received a special delivery basket filled to the brim with baby essentials. 

Donations were collected at 16 Partners HealthCare locations earlier this summer as part of the annual Partners Baby Basket Drive, which resulted in the creation of 55 overflowing baskets for new mothers who receive their care at community health centers in Chelsea, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan.

“As part of our ongoing collaboration efforts, Partners Community Health and Human Resources were delighted to team up with our colleagues on this important community-focused initiative to support local new moms and babies,” says Matt Fishman, vice president for Community Health at Partners. 

The baskets were distributed by the MGH Healthy Beginnings Program, which provides home visiting services to vulnerable, high-risk mothers and families and embeds child development specialists into well-child visits, and Brigham and Women’s Midwifery Program.

“We are extremely appreciative and fortunate to have our Partners community think of our extensive needs and then fulfill them with such nice baskets for our new mothers who may be struggling,” says Rosanna Batista, MPH, manager of Maternal and Child Health in the Community Health Improvement Department at the Chelsea HealthCare Center. “As our new mothers would say, gracias, asante, obrigada, chukran, merci beaucoup and thank you to everyone who donated to create these beautiful baby baskets.”

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