Health Matters: From Hospital to Home

Published 08/20 2014 05:53PM

Updated 08/20 2014 05:55PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A special program is helping parents of premature babies transition from the hospital to the home.

It's called Following Baby Back Home. After leaving the NICU mom and dad can sign up for the program.

A nurse and social worker team will visit the home a couple times a month answering medical and developmental questions.

Also, the team helps with the care of the infant.

"Just settling the baby in can be a big challenge. Crying a lot, won't feed effectively in the early stages, we're just trying to help the families with the settling in of these babies," says Patrick Casey with UAMS.

"Sometimes just having another adult to really talk to, that can really understand what you're going through, I think is really significant to our families," says Program Director Carmen Irby.

Following Baby Back Home is offered in six regions in the state of Arkansas.

Right now UAMS is helping around 200 families in the program.

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