Congratulations on your new baby! There are many services and resources available while you are at CVMC and in the community to help you with your new baby.
Infant Feeding Choices
Although research has clearly shown the benefits of breastfeeding to both baby and mother, some new mothers elect not to breastfeed. CVMC is committed to supporting and educating new mothers regardless of their feeding preference. CVMC has Certified Lactation Consultants here on staff for assistance with breastfeeding issues. The phone number for the Center for Breastfeeding is 802-371-4415.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
We offer Hepatitis B vaccine immunizations to new parents for their newborn. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends immunizations to ensure that newborn infants are protected from Hepatitis B virus infection, a major cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer in the United States. For more information, click here.
7 out of 10 child car seats are not used correctly. Vermont law requires all children up to age 8 to ride in a federally approved safety seat. To ensure that your child is riding safely, get a free safety seat inspection from a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. The following Car Safety Seat Fitting Stations are located in central Vermont:
Washington County Sheriff's Department
10 Elm Street, P.O. Box 678
Montpelier, VT 05601-0678 (By Appointment)
Berlin Fire Department
338 Paine Turnpike N., Berlin, Vermont
Montpelier Fire Department
61 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont
802-229-4913 (By Appointment)
Northfield Police Department
51 South Street, Northfield, Vermont
802-839-6483 (By Appointment)
For more information about car seat safety, go to the Vermont Department of Health's Be Seat Smart website at www.beseatsmart.org.
Birth certificates are available from the Berlin Town Clerk. For more information, call 802-229-9298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every week CVMC sends birth announcement to the local papers, and once a month we compile a list of all the baby's born by town to include in one of our Birthing Center ads. If you would like your baby's birth to be included in CVMC's Birth Announcements, please fill out and return the form included in your patient information packet.
Here are some local resources that may help you on your way:
- Good Beginnings (www.goodbeginningscentralvt.org) trains volunteers to provide postpartum support. They will visit your family weekly, in your home, for up to 3 months after the birth or adoption of a baby.
- Montpelier Baby Pantry (https://www.facebook.com/MontpelierBabyPantry) provides free diapers in conjunction with the Montpelier Food Pantry.
At CVMC, we offer a number of Support Groups for new Moms and Dads as well as for those parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss. These groups bring together people in like circumstances that can share and support one another.
Bosom Buddies Breastfeeding Support Group provides peer and professional support for all of your breastfeeding or mothering needs and questions in a relaxed and caring environment. This group meets the first Monday of every month, from 5:30 - 7:00pm at the Women and Children's Unit, 2nd Floor of CVMC. For information, call 802-371-4415.
Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group, offered by Share's Caring Hearts, provides a safe and supportive environment for exploration of changes brought to our lives by the loss of a pregnancy or the death of a baby. This group meets the first Monday of every month, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Aldrich Library. For information contact Ariel Darby at 802-505-0069 or email@example.com.
Post-Partum Depression Support. Call 802-479-4200 for additional information.
Rocking Horse Circle of Support (www.therockinghorse.org) is a FREE a health education support program for parenting mothers who are questioning their own use of alcohol and drugs or who are experiencing the effects of another's substance using behaviors. This 10 week group program is led by a substance abuse professional and a maternal child specialist. For more information, call 802-479-1086.