Homegrown with Hope: Get help at home with your newborn

Published: Nov. 5, 2018 at 12:08 PM CST
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Turning our clocks back for Daylight Saving Time this weekend had me thinking about turning back time. Looking back to the start of my parenthood journey a few months ago, every move was new to me. My mind was heavy with fear, exhaustion, love and pride.

It's funny, the secret parents know about time: what can drag on forever will fly by in a flash. That's often true for the first days at home with a brand new baby.

"I remember when I came home from the hospital with my son, ten years ago. I was very overwhelmed. I wasn't sure what to do, even having a nursing background. I still was calling my mom, trying to figure out exactly what to do," said Chelsey Trebas, registered nurse for Custer Health.

Chelsey is one of many nurses at local public health units around North Dakota there to answer your call for help by making one of her own. Every time a baby is born to a family in Custer Health's district, she'll schedule a house call. She knows books and classes just can't prepare you for everything.

The Beyond Birth Education program offers one visit within the first two weeks. It's a chance for parents to breathe and get a helping hand.

"It is a blur, because you're tired and you're excited because you have the adrenaline," Danielle Romanyschyn explained of the first days at home with her newborn.

Enderlee is her second child. She says she has found new questions and challenges this time around, but some things stay the same.

"It's always hard to get out of the house in the first couple weeks. So, it's always nice to have someone come to your home."

Babies get a weight check and parents get all their questions answered, including breastfeeding concerns and questions. Chelsey says some parents have clipboards full of questions, while others have just a few.

If your local public health unit offers a beyond birth education program, you'll be asked to fill out a form to share your contact information before being discharged from the hospital. There's no commitment to an at-home visit, until a nurse follows up with a phone call to schedule one.