Ashe County Partnership for Children provides ‘Welcome Baby Bags’

Courtesy Photo Nurse Beth Blevins (left) accepts the “Welcome Baby Bag” presented by Tonya Roark, Ashe County Partnership for Children.

JEFFERSON — Ashe County Partnership for Children is proud to be partnering with Ashe Memorial Hospital to provide mothers with a special “Welcome Baby Bag.”

In July of 2014, the partnership began looking for a way to provide parenting information and decided a great way to get the information out was to get it in the hands of parents with newborn babies. Special items were purchased to help promote positive interaction and experiences, and safety for new babies such as CDs with lullabies to play for baby as s/he plays or sleeps, soft books to read to baby, a baby journal to record those special moments you don’t want to forget, a special toy and safety items to make the home safer for small children. The bags also include brochures, a quarterly newspaper from Triple P, and a few tips to help mom and baby.

Since July of 2014, the partnership has provided 90 Triple P Welcome Baby Bags to the Wilma Vannoy Birthing Center, a four star breast feeding friendly facility, at Ashe Memorial Hospital for mothers with new babies to take home and enjoy.

“The Welcome Baby Bags have been very beneficial for the new mothers. We have had a lot of positive feedback from mothers and our staff,” Beth Blevins, RNC, IBCLC, nurse supervisor at the Wilma Vannoy Birthing Center, said.

The parenting program being introduced through these Welcome Baby Bags is Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. This is an evidence based program that is now being offered to families in Ashe County through a grant from the Appalachian District Health Department. Triple P is a program like no other. It is designed to meet parents where they are, so the program has flexibility. Tip sheets are available to address many different behaviors that parents may experience with their children and want to change. Topics such as crying, tantrums, fears, bedtime routines, separation anxiety, children not wanting to do homework, rudeness and disrespect, depression, and drugs are available.

Parents, whether you need a brief 10 -20 minutes session where you can take away tips and information about how you can work to change your child’s behavior or you need 10 sessions to work through some more difficult behaviors, Triple P has the tools you need and Ashe County Partnership can connect you to a provider that will help. Our providers can assist parents with children from birth to age 16. To find out more about Triple P –Positive Parenting Program call 336-982-4588 or visit the website

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