Video Urges New Parents to ''Have A Plan'' for Coping with Parenting Stress

Seattle, WA: – As part of its Child Abuse Prevention Month activities during April, the Children's Protection Program at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, along with its partners, the Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (WCPCAN), the Conscious Fathering Program, and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), has created a public service video to help new parents cope with the stress of a crying infant.


Seattle, WA: – As part of its Child Abuse Prevention Month activities during April, the Children's Protection Program at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, along with its partners, the Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (WCPCAN), the Conscious Fathering Program, and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), has created a public service video to help new parents cope with the stress of a crying infant.

Video Helps Parents to "Have a Plan"

It is common for parents of newborns to experience fatigue, stress, tension, frustration, anxiety, and conflict as part of parenting. Through the unscripted insights and comments from a real-life couple with a newborn baby, the five-minute video, titled "Have A Plan," urges parents to plan ahead and be prepared to manage these emotions so that when they occur, they are able to keep their children safe. The video also provides a checklist of resources from child health advocates intended to reduce a parent's stress level during peak crying times.

"Many families who come to Children's Hospital with a sick or injured child experience stress or other feelings of things being out of control," said Carol Jenkins, manager of Children's Protection Program at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

"This video may be helpful not only for them, but new parents across Washington who struggle with these same emotions. By having a plan about how they will react to their newborn's inevitable crying, parents can help make sure their children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment – which every child deserves."

Ordering Information

Copies of the "Have A Plan" video are available to parents, caregivers, birthing hospitals, childbirth education classes, and others throughout Washington state for $18 (available in VHS/DVD formats) and can be ordered by e-mailing haveaplan@seattlechildrens.org.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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