Smooth Way Home
Bringing a baby home from the hospital is a big task, especially for parents leaving the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This program builds a bridge of support from hospital to home for families.
To create a Smooth Way Home™, Cooper House is leading the development of a three part approach; 1) supporting parents through home visits with infant mental health professionals, 2) implementing a training model for professionals working with families of fragile infants, and 3) infusing Smooth Way Home™ principles into existing systems and programs currently serving babies who had a NICU stay.
Knowing that we can’t do this work alone, Cooper House has convened a consortium of stakeholders to explore how all of us in King County can provide a Smooth Way Home™ for families of fragile infants. The consortium includes representatives from Early Intervention, Public Health, Infant Mental Health, Newborn Intensive Care Units, Parent Advocates, and other post-natal providers. To join the Smooth Way Home™ Consortium, please contact Jane Hinton, Cooper House Managing Director at (206) 402-3168 or via email.
This program is inspired by the work of Southwest Human Development in Arizona. We appreciate the generosity and support of Dr. Trudi Murch and other staff who have shared their expertise with us.