Prenatal & Maternal Health

The situation in our community

To address higher infant mortality, both Methodist Women’s Hospital and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, offer prenatal and parenting classes for all parents.

There is also a need to educate sometimes overwhelmed new parents about the dangers of shaking a baby. Studies have shown that between 25 and 50 percent of teens and adults do not know shaking a baby is dangerous.

Our strategy to create better health

Partnering with other health care providers in Omaha, we will fund research and education to lower the risk of premature birth or infant death. Through education we will reduce — and eliminate Shaken Baby Syndrome.

How we are doing this

The Shaken Baby Task Force, led by the efforts of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, have developed and delivered a national public awareness media campaign and copyrighted curriculum of age-appropriate material for preschoolers through adults.

After seeing the impact of the absence of prenatal care on both mothers and their children, Methodist committed to using our talents and resources to make excellent medical care and education available to uninsured and underinsured women in the area.

Through early education, preconception counseling and prenatal care, the health of babies in our community will improve.

The impact we are having

We are creating a safer, healthier community for expectant mothers and babies. Some of our success includes:

  • Annually more than 37,000 copies of educational materials on Shaken Baby Syndrome are distributed to schools, doctor's offices, childbirth and parenting classes throughout the United States.
  • A locally-produced video explaining how to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome is also used by other hospitals throughout the country.