Franciscan Health hosts virtual support group for new mothers

Franciscan Health is looking to virtually support new mothers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Posted: May 5, 2020 6:18 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Franciscan Health is looking to virtually support new mothers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The hospital is offering a free question and answer video chat session every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., it's led by Registered Nurse and Board Certified Lactation Consultant Jacinta Langley.

Franciscan leaders recognized new mothers have been opting to leave the hospital sooner due to stricter visiting rules. Unfortunately, many mothers miss out on getting that extra day to talk with their nurse.

The virtual group started Apr.8, Langley said mothers are finding it helpful.

"They're able to join our virtual support group and ask as us questions, see other moms, ask them questions," said Langley. "That's really sometimes the best part is not even me facilitating, it's the other moms that are saying, 'my baby's doing the same thing.'"

Langley said because of the success this virtual group has seen, hospital leaders are looking into continuing a virtual option even after the pandemic. But during times like these, she said it's even more important to connect with others going through the same thing.

"With shelter in place and COVID restrictions, it's even harder not to have your support system there," said Langley. "I think it has been more relaxed for the moms, they don't have to drag their new baby out, they don't have to lug the car seat, they can just click into the group."

New families can register for the group by calling 765) 449-5133 or online here. The virtual group is scheduled to meet through the month of May. Langley said they will look into continuing classes after May.

The hospital is also offering virtual child-birth classes, virtual new-born care classes, and virtual breastfeeding classes

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