LoginCreate an account

  Username: Password:
  • Error loading feed data.

A Strong Start: Education helps parents-to-be prepare for life with a new baby

E-mail Print PDF
User Rating: / 0

Childbirth may be natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. Knowing what to expect—and how to cope—can help new moms as they bring their babies into the world.

Sara Thomas, 26, of Winsboro, Texas, was an experienced mother—her son is 7 years old. But when she was expecting her daughter in late 2009, she wanted to try natural childbirth. “I didn’t take any classes before I had my son, and I had an epidural with him, so this was a lot diff erent,” she says.

The classes off ered at Memorial Hospital helped Thomas, and a friend who coached her, learn how talking, breathing and massage could help her best manage the labor pains. The medication-free delivery was worth it, Thomas says. Beth O’Dell, a Memorial Hospital perinatal nurse who teaches childbirth classes, says, “Women who desire a non-pharmacological birth obtain the tools and confi dence needed through the childbirth classes.”

Education also helped Thomas and her new daughter, Bristol, get off to a good start with breastfeeding. “I learned different positions and how she was supposed to be latched on, and I watched videos of people breast feeding, which was helpful,” she says. Susan Brewer, an R.N. and Lactation Consultant at Memorial Hospital, says that education can also give new mothers the confidence they need to successfully breastfeed their new baby.

The classes, off ered every month on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., cover:

Childbirth education, including breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, stages of labor, signs of preterm and true labor, pharmacological and nonpharmacological pain relief, the role of the support person, expectations of hospital stay and postpartum care.

Newborn care, including diapering, how often to feed the baby (breast and bottle feeding), normal signs of a healthy infant, signs of a sick infant, how to take baby’s temperature and when to call the doctor.

Breastfeeding classes are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. This class covers the benefi ts of breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, the importance of breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery, how often to breastfeed, how the baby stimulates milk production, how to latch the baby on, diff erent positions for holding your baby, and nutrition for breastfeeding mothers.

Baby on the Way?

For more information on the Perinatal services at Memorial Hospital, call 903-439-4062. To register for Childbirth Classes, please contact the Perinatal Department at 903-439-4090.

FOX News
FOXNews.com - Breaking news and video. Latest Current News: U.S., World, Entertainment, Health, Business, Technology, Politics, Sports.
FOX News
  • Twin tragedies give survivor a new face
    He'd been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man.
  • Veterans dive with sharks to treat PTSD
    Soldiers are diving with sharks to help treat pain, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Surprisingly heart-healthy foods
    Many of us began the year with resolutions to take the obvious steps to improve our health: eat more fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
  • Why NASA is sending a superbug to the space station
    An antibiotic-resistant superbug will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from the same Cape Canaveral pad where the first manned mission to the moon lifted off and soon be studied by astronauts on the International Space Station.
  • Cold caps help breast cancer patients avoid trauma of hair loss
    For some women diagnosed with breast cancer, hair loss can be one of the more traumatic effects of chemotherapy. Scalp cooling caps and devices may be able to help combat hair loss, although experts warn that it is dependent on the individual and the type of chemo they use.
  • 64-year-old woman gives birth to twins
    No, this isn't ripped from the headlines of the National Enquirer. According to a hospital in Spain, a woman really did give birth to twins at the age of 64.



mySSnews Login

User Menu