Best-Practice Programs at Providence Empower New Moms

PerryfamilyAt Providence, we believe in creating healthier babies through community education and healthier moms. Providence is proud to support the following programs: 

The Safe Sleep Program 

In an effort to establish safe sleep practices with patients and staff at Providence, the Center for Perinatal Advocacy together with MIH coordinate an in-hospital safe sleep modeling program in partnership with HALO. This initiative provides an opportunity for nurses to teach patients about safe sleep and empower them to make safe choices about infant sleep. Utilizing sleepsacks helps to significantly reduce the risk of SIDS-related deaths in infants. 

How the Safe Sleep program works:

Babies are placed in the wearable swaddling blanket during the hospital stay. In addition, HALO SleepSacks with the Providence logo are provided to patients at discharge along with literature on breastfeeding and safe sleep practices.  These sleep sacks enable patients to continue using the wearable blanket at home, while re-enforcing the safe sleep messages received during their hospital stay. 

The Impact on the Washington, DC Community:

Providence is the first District hospital to pioneer the Safe Sleep program and partnership with HALO. This initiative positively affects the lives of 2,400 families who birth at Providence each year and has been a proven method of effective modeling in a number of other hospitals nationwide.

The Car Seat Program

Infant car seats provided by the DC Department of Transportation can be purchased at Providence Hospital by both patients and non-patients. The Center for Perinatal Advocacy assists the hospital with the coordination of the purchase program. 

How the Car Seat program works:

The seats are sold at the Cashier’s Office on the ground floor and may be purchased Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Car seats are $20 for DC residents and $30 for Maryland residents. Proof of residency is required, such as a picture ID. The car seats sold at Providence are for infants only. With assistance from the Center for Perinatal Advocacy, Providence has also been able to integrate free child car seat installation in the OB discharge process. Car Seat Installation Technicians are available 2-3 days a week to OB patients and members of the community.


The Impact on the Washington, DC Community:

This program assists with meeting the city’s legal requirements for infant seats and decreases the potential length of stay for the Medicaid eligible patients we serve. Information on delivery site has been collected since November of 2012, and finds that 50 to 60 percent of the seats sold monthly are to Providence patients. 

The Strong Start Initiative

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently awarded Providence Health with a $1.8 million four-year grant to test and evaluate enhanced prenatal care interventions for women enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP who are at risk for having a preterm birth. 

This initiative will ensure better pregnancy and birth outcomes for DC’s high-risk Medicaid population by addressing the medical, economic and social factors that affect a patient’s well-being through a continuum of care and services. The goal of National Capital Strong Start is to lower rates of low birth weight and pre-term birth in the District of Columbia amongst the Medicaid population.

How the Strong Start initiative works:

Providence will work with other area partners through the Strong Start initiative to address the medical, behavioral and psychosocial factors that may be present during pregnancy. Pregnant women enrolled in the initiative will receive enhanced prenatal care through group visits, at the birth center and at maternity care homes. 

The Impact on the Washington, DC Community:

Through the Strong Start program, 3,705 pregnant women who enrolled in Medicaid in the District will receive enhanced prenatal care, creating a healthier district for infants and their families.


The Providence Breastfeeding Initiative

Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of US-born babies are given formula within the first week of life. By nine months, only 31% of babies are breastfeeding. Providence is excited to participate in the national program Best Fed Beginnings. 

This program seeks to reverse current breastfeeding trends by dramatically increasing the number of US hospitals implementing a proven model for maternity services that better support a new mother’s choice to breastfeed.

How the Breastfeeding Program Works:

Providence will participate in a 22-month long learning collaborative using proven quality improvement methods to transform their maternity care services in pursuit of “Baby-Friendly” designation. 

The Impact on the Washington, DC Community:

Breastfeeding decreases infectious diseases, mortality rates, and supports neurodevelopment. For mothers, breastfeeding decreases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. The breastfeeding program at Providence supports healthier babies and mothers in the Washington, DC area, and will eventually eliminate health issues later in life.   

Contact Women’s Health Services

To learn more about women’s services, programs, and support services, call (202) 854-7074, (202) 854-7525, (202) 854-4311 or (202) 854-7752 to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists at Women’s Health Services at Providence.

Main hospital Phone: (202) 854 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180