Our first quarterly dinner/educational event will be held Wednesday June 19th from 6:30-8:00 at the newly renovated Kittredge House in Dalton, MA. Our featured guest is former Rep Ellen Story, D-Amherst, who is responsible for legislation establishing the Massachusetts Commission on Postpartum Depression.
A diverse group of practitioners who work with parents and infants will gather together for food, connection, and learning.
Under the leadership of Pittsfield native David Mixer, this Venture Capital firm is investing in the program to promote healthy parent-infant relationship. Extensive evidence supports investment in early relationships starting from birth.
The Hello Its Me project will offer training to all nurses on the Mother-Baby Unit of Berkshire Medical Center with the aim of integrating the NBO into routine care of newborns and their family. Berkshire Obstetrics and Gynecology is partnering with us to introduce the program in the prenatal period. Recognizing the critical role of home visiting in promoting health parent-infant relationships we are collaborating with Healthy Families, Pediatric Development Center, Parents as Teachers, and Berkshire Nursing Families to integrate the NBO into their respective programs. Recovery coaches in FIRST (Families In Recovery SupporT) Steps Together, a peer recovery and parenting support program for pregnant and parenting women with current or past opioid use disorder, will attend the trainings.
The Hello Its Me Project will host quarterly community gatherings and educational events for practitioners trained in the NBO. These events offer opportunity to learn about each other’s experience, continue to support one another in this critical and often challenging work, while strengthening referral networks to enable the community to hold families in need of support beyond the immediate newborn period.