By Elana Koehler
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “To optimize the health of women and infants, postpartum care should become an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter, with services and support tailored to each woman’s individual needs.” Despite this, however, many new mothers are overwhelmed with questions and concerns as soon as they leave the hospital with their newborn. Care for both mothers and newborns is critical, but in many areas there is a lack of access to the type of ongoing care that ACOG recommends.
This issue inspired the creation of Bella Bambino. In connection with Pediatric Partners, Bella Bambino Newborn Care Center offers visits that are longer than a typical newborn appointment, so that mothers feel confident their questions are answered. The center offers education and support for new parents so that they can learn how best to ensure the health of their new child.
Bella Bambino features a team dedicated to the health of new mothers and their babies. Lactation consultant, Sally Wood, RN, is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She began work as maternal-neonatal nurse in 2000 and has worked with mothers in Augusta since 2004. Nurse Katie Hughes, RN, has worked in well baby nursery and the NICU. Lauren Nates has worked as a nurse in labor and delivery and has graduated from the University of South Carolina’s Family Nurse Practitioner program. Located on the second floor of 411 Town Park Blvd. in Evans, Bella Bambino is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:30pm.
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