Childbirth, New-Parent classes start in January

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Rome Memorial Hospital nurses offer a variety of classes covering new-born care, breastfeeding and childbirth.

• Childbirth Class begins Tuesday, Jan. 7: Registered Nurse Laurie Hoke, maternity, will lead the six-week course to prepare parents for labor and delivery. Instruction is based on the Lamaze fundamentals of childbirth.

Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. The next course begins Jan. 7 in Rome Memorial Hospital’s second floor classroom. The fee for the course is $75 and can be paid at the first class. Cash or a check made out to Rome Memorial Hospital will be accepted.

“Birth is a natural, healthy process and childbirth education empowers women and families to be active partners in their delivery experience,” Hoke said. 

Mothers will learn how to be more comfortable with breathing, relaxation and positioning techniques and understand the role of the support person. The classes will help familiarize moms with Rome Memorial Hospital’s birthing suites.

Hoke said she encourages expectant women to sign up at the end of their second or third month of pregnancy. 

Additional six-week courses will be offered beginning April 7, July 7 and Oct. 6.

To register for the class or for more information, contact Rome Memorial Hospital’s Education Department at 315-338-7143

• Baby Care Basics class begins Jan. 11: Parents-to-be can learn about childbirth, newborns and other related topics by attending “Baby Care Basics,” a two-hour program taught by Rome Memorial Hospital maternity nurse Michelle Bates.

The January classes will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6-8 p.m. in the hospital’s classroom. Additional classes will be held throughout the year: Wednesdays March 4, May 27, July 8, Sept. 2 and Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays, March 21, May 2, Aug. 8, Sept. 19 and Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Families who are expecting an addition to their family can benefit from the information presented in this class, regardless of whether or not they have had a baby before, have taken Lamaze or have discussed baby care with their physician,” said Registered Nurse Bates. “We will discuss topics such as what you can expect from your baby, breastfeeding, when your baby should be immunized and typical baby problems such as diaper rash and colic.”

The program is free. Advance registration is preferred for planning purposes. Call 315-338-7143 for more information.

• Feeding Your Newborn class begins Jan. 18: Human milk is the best possible nutrition for your baby. With knowledge and practice, both mother and baby can learn how to successfully breastfeed. Learn about your baby’s nutritional needs, feeding by breast or bottle and other hand feeding methods.

Other education includes how to store breast milk, sterilize bottles, and prepare formula. All are welcome to attend regardless of feeding choice. International Board Certified Lactation Specialist Amanda Huey will lead the free class Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s second floor classroom. Additional classes will be offered on Saturday mornings throughout the year: March 14, May 9, July 18, Sept. 19 and Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s classroom.

“The class is designed to help mothers-to-be recognize the benefits of breastfeeding and give them the encouragement to overcome any obstacles,” Huey explained. “We will discuss preparations for breastfeeding, positioning the baby, proper latching techniques, as well as pumping and storing breast milk.” Registration is required for this free class. To register or more information, call the Education Department at 315-338-7143.

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