October has been declared Cadena de Madres/Network of Mothers Month by Mayor Nelda Martinez in honor of the program’s 10 years of service to the community.
Cadena de Madres/Network of Mothers is a Driscoll Health Plan community-based program that offers prenatal education to all pregnant women in the community, in the form of a baby shower. The program serves 17 counties in the Coastal Bend, Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and surrounding counties.
“The name of the program was chosen because we want pregnant women to connect to each other and share from their experiences, from past pregnancies,” said Ruth Lipko, Manager of the Cadena de Madres/Network of Mothers program for Driscoll Health Plan.
Three separate sessions are offered during the program, and are taught according to trimesters.
Such a learning environment has been beneficial for all, said Lipko.
“The Cadena staff is dedicated to educating pregnant women about the warning signs of premature labor, which is the core of our program. The staff creates an environment that is inviting and makes learning fun, and everybody participates,” said Lipko.
“The members often report that because of that environment, they are more apt to listen and remember what is taught. Some have reported they went into preterm labor and it was stopped, because they remembered from the teachings exactly which steps to take. Therefore, they were able to deliver a full-term, healthy baby. Others have made changes in diet and/or other behaviors, because of what they learned at a shower,” she said.
The program has received praise in and outside the Driscoll Health System.
“The Cadena de Madres staff have played an integral part in identifying social services needed for our members, which makes those connections with our team an easy transition,” said Veronica H. Pinion, LCSW, CCM, Social Work Manager at Driscoll Health Plan.
“Our partnership with Cadena de Madres is important, because we are able to reach and help more people than just our own clients,” said Melissa Juarez, Director of Corpus Christi Hope House. “Through their program more pregnant women become aware of the many resources available to them. Their staff make it a wonderful partnership.”
Yearly, the program averages 1,884 showers and 9,328 attendees.
For more information about the program, contact Ruth Lipko, 361-694-6909, or go to www. Driscollhealthplan.com.