It’s been a whirlwind past 48 hours for Shantel Dackermann and Jason Elmore, new parents to 2-day-old baby Charlotte. They brought Charlotte to Bringing Baby Home, a program that provides follow-up care for newborns.
“Having a new baby is a wonderful time but it’s also very stressful. So we want to help those parents get the information and support they need to ease them into this transition of parenthood,” says Liz Bustad, a board certified lactation consultant.
The new parents learned Charlotte had lost 14 ounces of weight in the past two days, but were told that’s pretty normal. And they learned something else.
“I think when she was first born, they basically guessed her length,” says Elmore.
“They didn’t guess,” says Dackermann.
“Well, that’s what they made it sound like,” explains Elmore.
“They did it quickly and they just estimated it,” says Dackermann.
“They eyeballed it,” Elmore says.
But the parents now feel they have a more accurate measurement of Charlotte’s length. And the program, intended for infants up to four months of age, is as much for the parents as it is for the babies.
“Because you need a lot of reassurance when you’re new parents and sometimes you need a lot of reassurance that yeah, you are doing a good job,” says Bustad.
That’s exactly what Dackerman and Elmore needed and found.
‘It was more of a reassurance that we were doing it right. I think that was the main focus,” says Elmore.
They received confirmation that while they’re new to this whole parenthood thing, they’re figuring it out quite well.
“Lots of advice today and a lot of good tips,” says Elmore.
So much so that the parents says they may not remember it all. But while they may forget some of what they learned, they know just where to go when they need their questions answered.
The Bringing Baby Home program is held every second and fourth Wednesday at CHI St. Alexius Health in Williston in collaboration with the Upper Missouri District Health Unit. Contact your local CHI St,. Alexius location for more information about when and where the program is held.
For more information about developmental milestones you should watch for, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here.