By LISA GRAYBEAL
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Since newborn babies don't come with instructions, Waynesboro Hospital offers new mothers the next best thing.
Well into its fourth year, the hospital's Moms Helping Moms mentoring program has successfully matched several new mothers with experienced ones to help with the changes a new baby makes in their lives. There are more than 20 new mothers in the free program who are paired up with mentors who act as coaches providing personal support, general information about available community resources, or a listening ear.
"Our primary goal is to help new families have a healthy beginning," said Patti Davis, program coordinator.
Qualifications to be a mentor are simple, the most important being experience. It also helps to have good listening skills, understanding of others, ability to maintain a confidential relationship and enough time to allow for periodic phone calls and visits with a new mom, Davis said. Grandmothers are encouraged to volunteer.