UNM Hospitals debut new birth companion program for disadvantaged women

UNM Hospitals debut new birth companion program for disadvantaged women


U-N-M HOSPITAL IS PROVIDING BIRTHING COMPANIONS FOR LOW INCOME PREGNANT WOMEN. IT )S A NEW EFFORT TO REDUCE THE CHANCE OF COMPLICATIONS FOR MOTHERS AND INFANTS. NEWS 13 )S JAMI SEYMORE IS LIVE AT U-N-M HOSPITAL WITH MORE. JAMI? DAVID. FOUR YEARS IN THE MAKING, THE HOSPITAL IS NOW ABLE TO PROVIDE FREE BIRTH COMPANIONS, OR DOULAS, TO PATIENTS WHO ARE INCARCERATED OR DON )T HAVE INSURANCE. DOULAS DON )T DO ANYTHING MEDICAL–BUT THEY GIVE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND OFFER MOTHERS LOTS OF INFORMATION. As a midwife, it )s important to be there to support women physically and emotionally but in the hospital setting, a midwife may have several patients on a shift and not be able to be there solely with the patient. THE BIRTH COMPANIONS ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS AND ON-CALL FOR A 24-HOUR PERIOD. WHEN A WOMAN IN LABOR IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE FREE PROGRAM, THE ON-CALL COMPANION IS BROUGHT IN AND HELPS PROVIDE SUPPORT USING COMFORT MEASURES, LIKE MASSAGE AND HELPS WITH LABOR TECHNIQUES. THE HOSPITAL )S NURSE MIDWIVES SAY THEY WILL TRACK WHAT THEY LEARN FROM THE PROGRAM AND SHARE THOSE BENEFITS WITH OTHER MOTHERS. With this program, we hope that we can introduce these benefits to a wider range of our patients and hopefully maybe see some of those benefits for them, seeing reduced c-section rates, and greater satisfaction. A BIT OF A FUN FACT — THIS WEEK IS WORLD DOULA WEEK. IT WAS STARTED BACK IN 20-11 TO CELEBRATE DOULAS HELPING FAMILIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. DAVID BACK TO YOU. CONSTRUCTION WILL CONTINUE ON THE WESTWAY

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