SVMH nurses organize a diaper drive for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

At Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, a group of nurses have started a diaper drive. The initiative is part of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2-8. Among hospital staff alone, employees donated more than 50 cases of diapers. Experts say that not being able to afford the basic necessity of diapers could be contributing to postpartum depression or a mother’s mental health. Most daycare programs require parents to provide their own diapers. A study by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) found that nearly 60% of parents who need diapers and depend on childcare miss an average of four to five days of work or school during the last month because they had no diapers. Organizations with the NDBN distributed 86% more diapers in 2020 than in 2019. SVMH nurses want parents to have one less thing to worry about. “As a nurse, one of our passions is to advocate for our patients and make sure patients have everything they need. And being a new mom and diapers being one of the main aspects of having a new baby is a passion we decided it would be a really great way to give back to the community and give to moms in need,” said Christine Durben, RN at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. will distribute diapers at their mobile clinic Members of the public can donate diapers by dropping them off at the main entrance of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

At Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, a group of nurses have started a diaper drive. The initiative is part of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2-8. Among hospital staff alone, employees donated more than 50 cases of diapers.

Experts say that not being able to afford the basic necessity of diapers could be contributing to postpartum depression or a mother’s mental health.

Most daycare programs require parents to provide their own diapers. A study by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) found that nearly 60% of parents who need diapers and depend on childcare miss an average of four to five days of work or school during the last month because they had no diapers.

Organizations with NDBN distributed 86% more diapers in 2020 than in 2019.

SVMH nurses want parents to have one less thing to worry about.

“As a nurse, one of our passions is to advocate for our patients and make sure patients have everything they need. And being a new mom and diapers being one of the main aspects of having a new baby is a passion we decided it would be a really great way to give back to the community and give to moms in need,” said Christine Durben, RN at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

The nurses will distribute the diapers at their mobile clinic. Members of the public can donate diapers by dropping them off at the main entrance of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

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