Rome hospital offers childbirth, new-parent classes

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When it comes to preparing for a new baby, there is always something new to learn. Rome Memorial Hospital nurses offer a variety of classes covering new-born care, breastfeeding and childbirth.

Baby Care Basics

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, RN.

The March classes will be held on Wednesday, March 13 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m.–noon in the hospital’s classroom. Additional classes will be held throughout the year: May 15, July 17, Sept. 25 and Nov. 6 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays, May 4, July 13, Sept. 7 and Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. – 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,” Bates said.

“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 and no advance registration is required. Call 315.338.7143 for more information.

Feeding Your Newborn

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, RN, IBCLC will lead the free class Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. Additional classes will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. - noon throughout the year: May 18, July 13, Sept. 14 and Nov. 9.

“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.”

Classes will be held in the hospital’s second floor classroom. No registration is required. For more information, please call the Education Department at 315.338.7143.

Childbirth Classes

Maternity nurse Laurie Hoke, RN, 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 April 2 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. 

You 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 you with Rome Memorial Hospital’s birthing suites.

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

Additional five-week courses will be offered beginning July 2 and Oct. 1.

To register for this class or for more information, contact Rome Memorial Hospital’s Education Department at 315.338.7143

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