Hallmark Health's Healthy Families Program Recognized

The award certificate recognizes Hallmark Health, the Creative Coping: New Moms Group and the Healthy Families programs in particular, for leadership in preventing child abuse and dedication to Massachusetts families. This recognition was given out in honor of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and in recognition of the important work Hallmark Health and the program does on a daily basis to support parents, strengthen families, protect children and prevent child abuse and neglect throughout the state.

Hallmark Health’s Creative Coping: New Moms Group offer free, weekly, two hour sessions co-facilitated by a program coordinator and a licensed clinical social worker from the maternity unit at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. These sessions reduce stress, offer simple interventions and provide support to first time mothers with newborns and babies under the age of one.

Based on feedback from past participants, the model of providing peer support and professional guidance served as an important intervention for inexperienced and isolated new mothers and increased their coping skills. Program topics include the many challenges of motherhood, managing family relationships, understanding your developing child, your pediatrician: your friends, dealing with picky eaters, how to keep your child safe, taking care of you and developing a balanced life.

Hallmark Health’s Creative Coping: New Moms Group targets first time mothers, ages 22-40, with children under the age of one, who live in the Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Wakefield and Reading. For more on the program or Hallmark Health in general, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org.

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Hallmark Health is a local nonprofit, community-based healthcare system serving Boston's northern suburbs composed of Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Hallmark Health Cancer Center in Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center in Reading, Ell Pond Medical Associates and the Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts-New England Medical Center for neonatology and is committed to advancing the quality of healthcare.

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