Baby abc's was founded by a registered nurse who has had over fourteen years of experience in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), newborn nurseries, and pediatrics. In having worked in so many area hospitals between the DC and Baltimore metro areas, a need was seen that we can address. Parents have very little time to learn everything needed to care for their newborns while in the hospital, be it for a healthy term infant, or one who spends months in the NICU. Additionally, the fact that we come to you can enhance your learning experience, as we see the infant's home surroundings, allowing us to better personalize your education. We understand that when a doctor speaks with you, you do not always understand what he or she has said, but are sometimes too embarassed to speak up for clarification. With medically fragile infants, this can lead to unneccessary hospitalizations and doctor's visits.
We are nurses providing in-home education caring for your newborn. Additionally, we provide infant massage lessons as well as Baby Signs® teaching by a certified instructor.
As nurses, we do not provide any medical diagnoses, nor can we treat your son or daughter. We do not provide babysitting services nor nursing care for your child.
We can refer you to specialists or community resources as needed based on our assessment and your input.
Currently, Baby abc's and its owner are one in the same. I am an RN with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. I am currently working on my Master's degree in nursing as well, to be completed by summer, in Leadership and Management. I also have an MBA in Healthcare Administration. I am certified as an infant massage instructor through the Infant Massage institute and as a Baby Signs® independent certified instructor through Baby Signs®.
I started in DC in the NICU in 1995 as a staff nurse. In 1997, I became an agency nurse, working in local NICUs throughout the DC and Baltimore metopolitan areas. I have even worked out-of-state in other NICUs. I attend yearly conferences to keep up with new findings, development, and technology related to neonatal and newborn care.
My time and observations in the NICU has allowed me to see what is missing from allowing mothers and fathers to successfully raise a medically fragile newborn without proper knowledge. The most important is to instill the knowledge needed to allow for parental confidence in doing something that comes with no instructions: raising a newborn baby. The infant massage and Baby Signs® are additional tools to allow parents to build a relationship, a special bond only mother/father and child can have, as well as to increase one's confidence as a parent.