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Help your child feel relaxed and comfortable during medical situations with the support of the knowledgeable, compassionate child life specialists at Essentia Health. You can count on our child life specialists to provide guidance and help your family build coping skills during doctor visits, treatments, and procedures. This service is only available in Duluth, Minnesota.
Child life specialists have training in child development and psychology, as well as certification from the Child Life Council. They help ease stress and anxiety for young patients and their families by:
Ask a child life specialist to teach you comfort positions—specific ways to hold your child so they feel secure while they receive medical care, such as a shot, lab draw, or stitches. Comfort positions:
Help provide fun and stress relief to children staying at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Your donations of new toys, books, stuffed animals, art supplies, and more bring joy to our youngest patients. See our wish list [PDF] for suggested items.
Child life specialists are available at: