Bridges for Newborns

The Bridges Maternal Child Health Network is funded by the Children and Families Commission of Orange County.

Mission Hospital is a participating hospital in Bridges for Newborns, one of four Early Action programs made possible by a grant from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. This grant aims to improve the health and welfare of children in Orange County and give every baby an opportunity to receive a strong and healthy start. Kits for New Parents are made available at our Welcome Baby Tour Night.

Families are screened by our Bridges for Newborn Community Service Worker staff to identify any factors that may prevent the baby from having a healthy childhood. The Bridges for Newborns Program helps to link parents to a variety of family-focused assistance programs, including assisting with identifying important health insurance coverage options for the newborn. Our staff is very knowledgeable about the resources available to make life easier for many families in Orange County to find the help they need.

It is easy and cost-free to become involved in the Bridges for Newborns Program. You will sign a consent form and then a helpful Bridges staff member will complete a questionnaire with you. All the information you provide is completely confidential. If it does become necessary to share information with other providers, you will be notified first.

The Bridges Maternal Child Health Network is here to help you and offer referrals with:

  • Prenatal education
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Emotional problems, including anxiety, mood swings, depression or feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Health Insurance
  • Receiving medical care
  • Resources needed to care for your newborn
  • Health and Wellness
  • Community resources
  • Home safety
  • Teen Parents
  • Feeling close with baby
  • Support for special medical needs
  • Family conflict due to domestic violence, drug abuse or other issues

The Bridges Community Service Worker staff will provide breastfeeding education, Purple Crying Education and screen new mothers for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety risk during your hospital stay in the privacy and comfort of your room.