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Amanda

Amanda sought services from Providence house for her newborn daughter, Gia, who was born at 31 weeks with ventriculomegaly, a condition that impacts the growth of the brain ventricles.

Amanda

Amanda sought services from Providence house for her newborn daughter, Gia. Gia was born at 31 weeks with ventriculomegaly, a condition that impacts the growth of the brain ventricles. Amanda was not sure that she wanted to continue parenting her daughter once she was discharged from the hospital because her mental health was not stable and she was not emotionally prepared to bring home a newborn with medical needs. She also had no benefits, income, or basic needs to ensure sufficient care for Gia.

While Gia was staying at Providence House, Amanda attended case management and parent education appointments twice a week, and visited her daughter multiple times each week, including taking her daughter on home visits. Amanda also completed a trauma screening for herself and Gia, which showed that Amanda had experienced domestic violence and stalking, which has impacted her mental health. While Amanda was already linked with counseling services, our social workers discussed the impact trauma can have on parenting and ways to cope. She was able to obtain necessary resources for her daughter, including a bassinet, diapers and formula, clothing, a baby bath, a changing pad, and more, in addition to enrolling in SNAP and WIC benefits to help with food and formula expenses. With the help of a childcare supervisor in the Pediatric Crisis Nursery, the social worker and Amanda focused on hands-on parent education lessons, including learning to bathe Gia, diaper and dress her, swaddle and put her to sleep safely, and hold and move her in different positions, and feeding and burping. A referral was also made to Help Me Grow, so that after discharge Amanda would still be supported in-home by a professional who could work with her on different developmental skills and milestones that Gia will experience as she gets older. Amanda’s county child protective services worker also ensured protective childcare would be provided by the agency for Gia after she discharged from Providence House. Amanda’s confidence and bond with Gia improved significantly in less than 30 days.

Amanda attended a staffing towards the end of her service period at Providence House. She communicated that she had support from her parents and sister, had been seeing a therapist, and was regularly taking her psychiatrist-prescribed medication. Amanda stated that she felt her attachment to Gia grew considerably, and that she wanted to do whatever it took to bring Gia home and to give her a happy life.

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