Having a baby is often an exciting time, but for some families it can be a traumatic experience. Not all pregnancies go as planned, whether it’s a serious condition with the infant or an emergency hysterectomy for the mother, some families need extra support during this time.
To continue providing compassionate care to families, the 10th Annual Dancing for Our Stars Gala will raise funds to support the Perinatal Connections Program at the Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.
Based on the television series Dancing with the Stars, the Dancing for Our Stars Gala pairs five prominent community members or physicians with professional dancers, or their significant other, to compete in a dance competition all while supporting a good cause. This gala raises funds not through live and silent auctions, but by collecting votes from the crowd.
“We are so thankful for the community’s support of our Perinatal Connections Program,” says Shari Kelly, RNC-OB, MSN/MSHCA, executive director, Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center, Neonatal Services & Pediatric Palliative Care, Miller Children’s & Women’s. “It’s important that we fund programs that provide support services for families who need more than traditional hospital care.”
The Perinatal Connections Program recognizes the baby as a patient while growing and maturing throughout pregnancy. If a baby has been diagnosed with a condition that may require a lengthy hospital stay due to surgery or other treatments after delivery, or perhaps a life-limiting condition after birth, the Perinatal Connections team provides additional support.
In some situations, the mother may experience an event during delivery wherein she perceives a potential threat to her own or her baby’s physical or emotional well-being. This may result in symptoms of mental distress, like depression, anxiety and postpartum psychosis. If mental distress is left untreated, there may lead to serious medical, societal and economic consequences. Our Perinatal Connections team will intervene and provide resources to minimize the mental distress and reduce any trauma associated with her birth experience.
In any case, the Perinatal Connections Program connects families with resources and necessary health care providers. They assist families by creating a detailed birth plan, coordinating care, providing referrals, guiding them in complex medical decisions and introducing them to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition, the team provides care addressing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the parents, infant and family.
“We are looking forward to celebrating the 10th Annual Dancing for Our Stars while we raise much needed funds for the Perinatal Connections Program,” says Sharon Thornton, president, Memorial Medical Center Foundation.
The 10th Annual Dancing for Our Stars Gala, will take place Saturday, March 24 at the Long Beach Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. Participants include Georgia and Jose Arellan, Cheri Busch, Brian and Monika Dowd, Walter and Julie Larkins, and DeDe Rossi. Equal weight will be given to the pre-event fundraising, event night fundraising and judges’ scores to crown the overall winner. Once the winner is announced, all attendees will be invited to the dance floor to strut their stuff. This event is open to the public. For sponsorship information or tickets, call 562-933-1660 or visit memorialcare.org/dfos2018.
About MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach:
MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, part of OC-based MemorialCare, provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex – as well as maternity care for expectant mothers – all under one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but across the region. Miller Children’s & Women’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California – treating more than 14,000 children each year – and has become a regional pediatric destination for more than 84,000 children, who need specialized care in the outpatient specialty and satellite centers.
This article was released by Memorial Medical Center Foundation.