Family Educators Implemented the Purple Hands Pledge® in the following Salem Hospital Birth Center Programs:
♥ Child Birth Classes
♥ Family Education Classes
♥ Child Birth Refresher Classes – Close to 1300 people reached
♥ Big Brother Big Sister Sibling Preparation Classes – 215 kids reached
♥ Home Visits – 500 women & families at high risk for abuse/violence
Purple Pledge Bears were given primarily during home visits.
“The Maternity Case Manager (MCM) nurses really appreciate having something colorful and cute, like the purple teddy bears, to be able to leave with the older siblings. It helps the teaching moments to be more productive with mom, and pulls in the older siblings with the message about the Purple Hands Pledge®.”
–Cynthia Crosby, RNC, BSN, LCCE, Family Education Director
♥ New Mom’s Connection Support Group – 500+ people reached
♥ Spanish Child Birth Class – Almost 100 people reached
♥ Salud Health Fair– Over 500 participants
During the Salud Health Fair, Purple Pledge Bears were given to children as prizes for a bean bag toss. Junior Volunteers helped these children learn more about the Purple Hands Pledge® and complete a Family Pledge Certificate.
To introduce the Purple Hands Pledge® the family educators created a poster board presentation that was displayed at each of the above class series. The board consisted of traced and signed Purple Hand Pledges of the family educators. This tool served as a critical aid in teaching the importance of having a constant visual reminder for families’ commitment to stop and think before saying or doing anything hurtful to themselves or others. The purpose of tracing their hands and reciting the Pledge is to demonstrate and reinforce positive action helping parents model healthy relationships for each other and for their children.