Hamilton offers free baby classes for soon-to-be parents

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

 From left are instructors Chenoa Thomason, RN, and Theresa Brown, RNC, IBCLC, lactation consultant. The Turner Maternal and Infant Care Center at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) offers free “Breastfeeding & Baby Basics” and “Childbirth Preparation” classes on a regular basis to soon-to-be parents.

From left are instructors Chenoa Thomason, RN, and Theresa Brown, RNC, IBCLC, lactation consultant.

Breastfeeding & Baby Basics

There are three remaining options for this year on the “Breastfeeding & Baby Basics” class taught by Theresa Brown, RNC, IBCLC, lactation consultant. They are May 5, Aug. 4 and Nov. 3 – all on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at HMC’s Brown Conference Center. The class is for pregnant mothers and supporters. Participants should bring a baby doll or teddy bear and a pillow.

“Babies do not enter the world with an instruction manual,” said Brown. “Each newborn, unique in appearance and potential, brings both the joys and challenges of parenthood. This class is designed to help you master the basics.”

The breastfeeding part of this class will cover how breastmilk is made, how to know your baby is getting enough milk, helpful techniques for positioning and latching, ways to prevent or treat breastfeeding problems, as well as information about breastfeeding when you return to work.

“Like any new skill, breastfeeding takes knowledge and practice to be successful,” Brown said. “Pregnant women who learn about how to breastfeed are more likely to be successful than those who do not.”

The Baby Basics portion of the class will cover selecting a care provider, hospital procedures, newborn appearance, bathing, dressing, illness, crying and sleeping.

To register, please visit hamiltonhealth.com/ForHer-babycare-basics.

Childbirth Preparation

“Childbirth Preparation” classes for the rest of the year include May 12 and 19, Aug. 11 and 18, or Nov. 10 and 17 – on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at HMC’s Brown Conference Center. This class, taught by experienced Labor and Delivery nurses, is also for pregnant mothers and supporters. It is recommended to take this class after 28 weeks.

“Our fun, relaxing childbirth preparation classes will help prepare you and your partner for the events of labor and birth,” said Chenoa Thomason, RN, lead instructor for “Childbirth Preparation.”

Class 1 of the two-part series will provide a comprehensive overview of the birth process including signs and stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, pain management options and the birthing experience. While the focus of the class is on natural pregnancy and birth, information provided will also be useful for mothers who require medical interventions or plan on having an epidural during labor and delivery. The goal is to increase your confidence and reduce anxiety about the birthing process.

Class 2 will cover interventions commonly used in labor and birth, complications, medications, epidurals and C-sections. This class will also provide an introduction to the Turner Neonatal Intensive Care Pavilion. The goal is to provide you with the information necessary to make informed decisions and minimize your fears.

“Even for women who are planning natural childbirth, unexpected things can happen, and it’s important to be flexible,” said Thomason.

HMC offers a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Turner Neonatal Intensive Care Pavilion. In 2012, the unit was completely redesigned, including 6,400 square feet of renovations. The expansion includes eight level II rooms and four Level III rooms for ill and premature infants. The new rooms allow parents to stay nearby and bond with their babies during this crucial time.

To register for “Childbirth Preparation”, please visit hamiltonhealth.com/ForHer-childbirth-classes.

For more information, please call 706-272-6493.