A valuable resource for parents and caregivers
My name is Jen Lindbeck, and I'm the Welcome Baby Coordinator. United Way has done extensive research and recognizes how critical the first 1000 days of a child’s life is for their overall development and well-being. Welcome Baby’s goal is to support, educate, and empower families of children birth through age five, and to connect families to resources, so that all Skagit children have a solid foundation for life.
Wherever you are in your parenting journey, parenting is a big deal. There are highs, there are lows, and there is everything in between. Who do you turn to with questions, when you just need a listening ear, or you need someone to laugh with?
My hope is that parents feel connected to the activities, resources, and events that are available in the community. I also want parents to know they have an advocate and a cheerleader as they navigate the murky waters of parenting.
Welcome Baby is for you. Welcome Baby is for parents and caregivers of all shapes and sizes. Think of Welcome Baby as your friendly guide along the parenting journey.
What you can expect from Welcome Baby
Welcome Baby is a voluntary program for families in partnership with Skagit Valley Hospital. After the birth of your child, I will visit you in the hospital. I don’t have an agenda, other than to provide you with a gift to get you off to a great start when you go home. Ultimately, I want to get to know you and your baby and share information about resources.
Once you leave the hospital, you will become a part of the Welcome Baby Community and have access to a wealth of FREE resources including:
Monthly newsletters packed full of information about milestones, parenting survival tips, and opportunities to meet other parents
Social connection through meet-ups and the Welcome Baby Facebook Group
Finally, you get me! You can call or text me at any time at 360.922.2644 for practical or emotional support, and information about resources.
A world of possibilities for your child
Over the last 14 weeks, I have completed 178 visits to families who have delivered their babies at Skagit Valley Hospital. After seeing 178 babies, here are my top ten takeaways:
Watch the videos
Episode One: 0 - 1 month
Episode Three: 2 - 3 months
Episode Five: 4 - 5 months
We've produced a series of 12 short videos that follow the progress of babies, from birth to twelve months. These videos are designed to provide tips and insights as you work your way through this wonderful and sometimes daunting time.