Through a partnership with a nonprofit organization, Kirkhof College of Nursing students are gaining experience caring for newborns as well as mothers and families.
This is the second semester KCON has partnered with MomsBloom, a Grand Rapids-based organization dedicated to matching volunteers to families with newborns to provide in-person postpartum support.
Kelli Damstra, associate professor of nursing, arranged the community health rotation last winter semester. Damstra said KCON students learn about maternal child health, including obstetrics and postpartum care, in the classroom, lab and clinical settings during the same semester they have this community health rotation.
"This is a great fit for our students, to be able to get into homes and help new moms and their families," Damstra said.