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Botsford News Release

Welcome New Baby: How to Smooth the Transition

Farmington Hills, MI (March 4, 2008)--- March, Parenting Awareness Month, represents a great time for parents with babies to receive support from an expert as well as from other parents.

Botsford Hospital offers New Parents’ Support Group: Smoothing the Transition to help people cope with their new role as parents.  The group meets monthly and is facilitated by a parent/child mental health specialist.  Programs focus on topics including comforting a crying child, feeding issues, sleep deprivation, family dynamics, sibling rivalry, behavior changes and more.

Parents are encouraged to discuss concerns about their newborns, adjusting to parenthood, emotional ups and downs, postpartum depression, and other anxieties that can arise after the birth of a child.  This group is designed to be a safe, supportive environment where parents can find help for their most important job – being a parent.

Caroline Schairer, RN, MSN, says, “When a new addition is added to the family, it can take time to figure out how to run things smoothly.  This support group allows parents the opportunity to get additional support from others and to learn that they are not alone.”

Botsford’s New Parents’ Support Group: Smoothing the Transition meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The next session will be held on Wednesday, March 19 in the Community Room at Botsford Hospital’s Zieger Building at 28050 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills.  For more information, please contact (248) 442-0482.

Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965.  Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Dumas, Beth Montalvo or Stacy Brand
PHONE: (248) 442-7986