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These Mothers Hope Danbury Hospital will Keep This Program

Local Mothers Seek Danbury Hospital's Ear

 

A Letter from Mothers to Danbury Hospital:

We wanted to send these photos of our "Babies First Birthday Bash" that was held at a friends house. 

All of these babies were born at Danbury Hospital and we all met through the Mother Baby Talk Group that is run by the Center for Breastfeeding at Danbury Hospital. Lately there has been talk of cutting some budget at the hospital and one of the first things they are looking at is this Mother Baby Talk Group because of the cost to rent the venue out every week. 

This group of 18 moms (and babies) want the hospital and community to realize that without that group, we would never have met and had this amazing party for our precious little joys. We are all residents of the greater Danbury area. 

Thanks, 

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Baby

D.O.B.

Mommy

Town

1

Lily

6/30/11

Allison Ferrier

Bethel

2

Jillian

7/25/11

Faith Hsu

Redding

3

Coralyn

8/3/11

Kristel Frimpter

Danbury

4

Avery

8/16/11

Shannon Bowen

Danbury

5

Kyler

8/24/11

Darcy Cook

Newtown

6

Priya

8/25/11

Tricia Robinson

Danbury

7

Spencer

8/30/11

Holly Arrindell

Ridgefield

8

Ezekiel

9/1/11

Emily Fogg

Ridgefield

Kenny

9/1/11

Heather Fischer

Redding

10

Makayla

9/19/11

Mariana Wanat

Redding

11

Logan

9/26/11

Brissen Violette

Ridgefield

12

Colten

10/2/11

Jennifer Levesque

Brewster

13 

Madeline

10/3/11

Jennifer Zupan

Newtown

14

Keeley

10/7/11

Meagan Ferriter

Bethel

15

Judah

11/22/11

Erica Rome

New Fairfield

16

Myla

11/25/11

Tricia Krasovetz

Danbury

17

AJ

12/2/11

Dawn Moran

Naugatuck

18

Harper

12/21/11

Sarah Lamm

Danbury

Lois Imbriano Barber September 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Breastfeeding is worthwhile and some Moms have difficulty and this is a great group. However, I feel if the hospital has only so much money to give to the community, it would be better spent on needed prescriptions for legal Americans without a subsidized healthcare plan that included prescription drugs. Many Americans are cutting back on what they need to stay alive and healthy. The Breastfeeding Moms can start a Facebook page and take turns meeting in someone's home.
Dawn Moran Nassra September 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM
As one of the moms mentioned in the above article I completely agree that the Mother Baby Talk program is an amazing resource for moms and babies!!!! While the group is lead by a LC from Danbury Hospital breastfeeding is far from the only topic covered. Mothers who attend the group can openly discuss any topic, ranging from nursing and formula feeding to postpardom depression,child care, teething and developmental milestones. Without this group I would have never met these 17 other amazing mothers and babies! A FB page could not have replicated the support and guidance I received during my son's first months! :)
Jennifer Zupan September 03, 2012 at 12:34 AM
As the mother of #13, I can only say that in so many ways this group saved my life (and my sanity). It is an outlet for new mothers to ask (and answer) questions, laugh, cry and bond, both with their newborns and fellow new mommies. It also helps alleviate postpartum depression. Even if you have supportive friends, it is imperative to seek out other women who are dealing with the same transition into motherhood as you are. It’s very reassuring to hear that other mothers share your worries, insecurities, and feelings. For some moms in the group, it is two hours a week to get out of the house with their newborn. For others, it becomes more than that. The girls that I met became great friends. Friends I would not have met without the Mother Baby Talk Program. While I understand that funds become more limited each day, I truly hope that Danbury Hospital continues to support this mother baby program. The eighteen of us are only a handful of women who have benefitted from this resource. My experience with the labor and delivery and maternity wards at Danbury hospital were second to none. Their continued support post-delivery has made more than an impact - it has been life changing. I hope that Danbury Hospital continues to fund the Mother Baby Talk program. Jennifer Zupan
Lois Imbriano Barber September 03, 2012 at 12:37 AM
The Facebook would just be for getting new Moms. You would have to take it upon yourselves to meet at one another homes, just like you did for the pool party pictured above. It's sad to say that a group such as yours might be axed, but hopefully the money saved would go towards saving a life.
A. G. P. September 03, 2012 at 02:02 AM
what about paying for your program? it wouldn't have to be much, maybe it could be sliding scale... I used a group like this , and it was exceptional support, but I payed, didn't want to but knew I needed to go. just saying think about what's between the dilemma's horns.
Kim September 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I agree with you completely! Although I did not meet as many moms as your group did, I met some of my closest friends. I had a very challenging delivery with my son and I was having trouble in a new town meeting people after he was born. This group was so essential to my happiness during the first few months of his life. I was a part of the group again when my daughter was born. She was smaller than every other child, and I was so worried about her. This group gave me reassurance that she would be okay. She is now three and healthy. It is not just about breast feeding because not everyone makes that choice. The nurses help everyone. I would be very sad if they stopped this group.
Lois Imbriano Barber September 03, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I work for an outstanding Ob/Gyn practice in Danbury. Perhaps they, or another Ob/Practice with a nice, large waiting room, can keep their doors open 1 night a week for a Mom's group meeting. However, it wouldn't be appropriate to bring crawling or toddling children because the rugs have the public's outdoor shoes on them- you'd have to get dad's, friends & family to babysit that night. I ran a Mom & Me playgroup/support group after my first was born. I had all the beginning meetings, but then others wanted to host. One gal had only a tiny apartment, so she never took a turn & that was Ok with the rest of us. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable with no pressure to have a crowd over. Good luck to you ladies. You sound like you really like each other. Keep in touch with one another. You have 2 choices: Do for yourselves, and not depend on the hospital. Start a Facebook, let others know about you, put fliers up in the hospital about your group or pediatric Ob/Gyn offices in your neighborhoods. Or, like A.G.P. said, pay on a sliding scale and let the Hospital do the organizing.
Dawn Moran Nassra September 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I think it's safe to say that individuals will generally not agree 100% on how public or private funds should be spent...
Dawne Kornhaas September 04, 2012 at 10:32 PM
That is what LaLeache League is for.
Faith Hsu September 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Mother Baby Talk is starting, next week September 11 from 12:30-2:30. All mothers with infants from birth until crawling are invited to come to the First Congregational Church in Bethel. This wonderful group not only discusses breastfeeding, but also infant care, nutrition, sleep issues, and issues the mother might be having. It is also a great way to meet new mommies and babies!
Jim Zupan November 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
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