Bright beginnings

 
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One in five babies born in Alberta each year comes into the world at a Covenant Health hospital. Welcoming new life into the world has been a critical part of what we do since the early 1900s when several of our founding congregations primarily cared for mothers and their babies. Since then, much has changed in how we care for newborns and their mothers. Covenant Health continues to innovate to better meet the needs of these important populations. What hasn’t changed is our respect for the beginning of life and the recognition that bright futures for little ones depend on high quality care in the first moments, days and months of life. Improved capacity and enhanced technology in our neo-natal intensive care units means better outcomes and brighter futures for the most fragile infants. The Misericordia Community Hospital NICU, was designed with space which allows parents to stay with their babies around the clock; encouraging valuable time to bond and grow as a family. The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 as a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. We are very proud that our Grey Nuns Hospital became the largest full-service hospital in Canada to receive the baby-friendly designation by the World Health Organization and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. Bonnyville Health Centre has also been recognized with baby-friendly designation and the Misericordia Community Hospital will celebrate its designation in November, 2018.


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NEW SPACE, SAME CARE FOR PRETERM BABIES

Patient outcomes are enhanced with 24/7 connection with parents. The Misericordia Community Hospital neonatal intensive care unit provides privacy and personal space for parents to be part of their infant’s healing journey.

Read more on The Vital Beat.

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GREY NUNS RECIEVES BABY-FRIENDLY DESIGNATION

The baby-friendly initiative is a strong step towards better care and support for all mothers. Find out the benefits this designations brings; supporting new families to bond through skin-to-skin connection.

Read more on The Vital Beat.

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KEEPING MOMS AND NEWBORNS TOGETHER

A rooming-in approach that encourages skin-to-skin contact breaks the tradition of separating babies born to women on opioid replacement therapy. Learn how the model is helping babies who experience opioid withdrawal and their mothers.

Read more on The Vital Beat.