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Learning that you are going to have a baby is an exciting experience - a time to rejoice! At the same time, there are so many questions to be answered: "Should I learn about prepared childbirth (Lamaze)?.....How do I learn to breastfeed? What should I do if my doctor tells me I need a Cesarean?.....How will my other children feel about a new brother or sister?"
To help parents prepare for childbirth and parenthood as completely as possible, Good Samaritan has developed a unique Perinatal Education Center that can help ease many of the fears and anxieties that expectant and new parents might have. By learning as much as possible about childbirth and parenting, parents can have a much greater sense of security about the birth of their child and know what to expect. Perinatal education offers a unique opportunity for the entire family to become involved in the parent-child bonding process. Knowledge of what is expected to happen is one of the keys to having a positive childbirth experience and getting started in the right direction.
Here are some of the many helpful programs:
Five 2-1/2 hour weekday evening classes or one, eight hour weekend superclass; $125 per couple
Good Samaritan's "First Time Around" childbirth course prepares expectant couples for the wondrous experience of childbirth. Topics covered include stages of labor, common routines and procedures, pain relief options, the coach's role during labor and care of mom and baby. Couples will also take a tour of the Maternity department and learn the Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques that will help them during their labor.
"Second Time Around" Labor Refresher (Lamaze) Class One, 3-1/2 hour class; $60 per couple
This superclass helps mothers and their coaches reinforce the breathing, relaxation and labor support techniques they learned for their first birth. Helpful methods for easing sibling rivalry will also be discussed. "Second Time Around" Lamaze can help couples change what they did not like about their first birth experience and help make the birth of their next child an exhilirating moment of joy.
Early Pregnancy Class One class; free of charge
Helps expectant couples learn how to manage their pregnancy and provides them with the knowledge to feel comfortable and secure with their new role in life. Topics include fetal growth and development, body changes during pregnancy, common tests and procedures and prenatal nutrition and exercise.
Caring for Your Baby Class One, 2-1/2 hour class; $20 per couple
Helps expectant couples prepare for their new roles by providing important information on infant nutrition, health maintenance, common illnesses and “how to’s” of bathing, diapering and dressing.
Grandparents’ Class One, 2 hour class; $20 per couple
Classes prepare new or expectant grandparents for their special role discussing current practices in childbirth, advances in infant nutrition and child care, how to baby-proof your home and more.
“Breastfeeding Your Baby” Course One, 3 hour classes; $30 per couple
This course provides practical information to guide the expectant couple toward a successful nursing experience. Topics include positioning the baby, getting started, avoiding common problems and pumping and storing milk.
New Mothers’ Support Group Five, 1-1/2 hour classes; free of charge
New mothers and their babies meet for five weeks to socialize and discuss important topics of mutual interest such as adjusting to parenthood, infant growth and development, feeding and nutrition, sleep patterns and infant health and safety.
Mother's Circle of Hope Support Group
A free, 8-week support group meets once a week for women experiencing depression or anxiety related to pregnancy and/or childbirth.
Infant Massage Classes Four, 1-1/2 hour classes; $50 for one person or $70 per couple. Includes massage oil
Designed to teach parents the soothing techniques of infant massage. Parents learn to relieve gas and colic, recognize and relieve tension and fussiness and foster a special way of communicating with their baby.
Big Brother/ Big Sister Class One, 1-1/4 hour class; $20 per family
This wonderful class for children ages three and up helps older brothers and sisters to feel important and learn about their special role in the family. Big brothers and sisters will learn how to be a “mother’s helper” and will be taught how a baby grows inside mommy, newborn safety and how to help diaper and hold a baby. At the completion of the class, graduates will be taken on a tour of the newborn nursery and receive official Big Brother/Big Sister certificates.
Breast Pump Rentals - Hospital-grade breast pumps rented on a weekly or monthly basis. Individual service and education on fitting and use provided by a health care professional.
Bring your baby to this free weekly support group led by our Certified Lactation Consultant. In an informal, off-site location, participants receive information and support to help ensure breastfeeding success. Topics will vary based on group members’ interests. Hands-on assistance is offered if needed.
For more information on education classes, call (631) 376-4444.