Grantee Spotlight: Parents as Teachers in Stoddard County

The Dexter/Richland/Bloomfield Parents as Teachers organization provides information, support, and encouragement to parents as they help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years. Bootheel Babies and Families recently awarded them a $35,000 grant that will help expand the program. Melanie Stoelting, a coordinator with PAT, shares her thoughts on how her organization and …

WHEN YOUR BABY CAN’T TELL NIGHT FROM DAY

Humans are diurnal creatures, which means we are healthiest when we are awake during daylight and asleep when it’s dark. Somehow, newborns don’t always get the message; their circadian rhythms are immature during the first few months of life. It may take two to four months for this to develop, and during that time, they are …

PACK YOUR BAG! “GO-BAG” TIPS FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS

So you’re having a baby!  You’ve likely spent months getting the baby’s room ready, buying supplies, and thinking about names. You’ve probably seen the doctor a gazillion times and spent hours in a childbirth class mapping out your birthing plan. But here’s a question:  Have you thought about what you will take to the hospital?  …

Happy Mother’s Day, Bootheel Moms!

Is this your first Mother’s Day?  Congratulations!  You have earned a huge pat on the back – and a celebration.  Here are a few ways to do just that. Sleep:  The first time you celebrate Mother’s Day is extra special, so feel free to ask for what you need.  Maybe that’s breakfast in bed, but …

Is the COVID Vaccine Safe for Mom and Baby?

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, your biggest priority is making sure both you and your baby are healthy.  With so much going on right now, how do you know if it’s safe to get the COVID vaccine while you’re pregnant? Who can you trust? Talk to your doctor.  If you want …

Bonding with Your Baby Has Benefits for Everyone

We’ve all probably heard of the maternal bond, but did you know there are benefits far beyond just soaking up those first, sweet months? Babies who bond with their parents are more likely to grow into confident, resilient adults. For parents, bonding with your baby may alleviate stress and help you navigate the early, exhausting times …

Staff Profile: Rachelle Bennett

How did you get involved with Bootheel Babies and Families? My degree is in nursing, and I worked at Southeast Medical Center  starting in 2011. I started working part time at the Regional Healthcare Foundation in 2015, which is where I was introduced to BBF and the infant mortality initiative. I personally was a participant …

Regional Partner Spotlight: Kaitlyn Kimball

We are excited to introduce you to Kaitlyn Kimball, on of our regional contacts working at the New Madrid County Resource Center.  Kaitlyn has worked side by side with Bootheel Babies & Families to provide constant communication on how we can better serve families and infants in our area.  We asked Kaitlyn a few questions …