The Vibrant Beginnings program uses a three-pronged approach to educate parents from the time of conception through early childhood on prenatal health, safe sleeping practices and child development milestones.
Vibrant Health provides pregnancy care and strives to engage expecting mothers in prenatal services during their first trimester to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Regular prenatal care is important to keep both mom and baby healthy before delivery. After the baby’s arrival, patients receive postnatal care, further reducing complications risk and improving outcomes for mom and baby.
Notable disparities in maternal and child health exist in Wyandotte County, including a high infant mortality rate, specifically within the African American community, which experiences a rate more than twice that of Kansas as a whole. We can mitigate the infant mortality rate in Wyandotte County by educating parents about safe sleeping methods and providing a safe sleeping place for their new baby.
Vibrant Health is collaborating with Finnbin, an American company that has adopted the Finnish concept of providing baby boxes for expecting mothers. Finnbin is discounting its pricing to help us provide a baby box for each expecting mother who receives prenatal care through the Vibrant Health women’s health program.
The Finnbin kit consists of a baby box, which is a durable and safe sleeping space for the first six months of a baby’s life, lined with a mattress and fitted sheet. Filled with new baby essentials, the box relieves stress on low-income families to purchase a bassinet and other baby necessities, such as diapers, thermometer, onesies, etc.
In addition to routine primary medical care, Vibrant Health’s youngest patients benefit from additional services and parental education that support healthy development for babies and toddlers. During preventive and acute care exams, Vibrant Health care teams provide developmental screenings, assess family needs based on social determinants of health and refer families to community resources.