December 26th, 2007

Great River Medical Center offers free prenatal education classes for expectant mothers, fathers or birth coaches, and children. Classes are led by registered nurses who specialize in obstetrics and education.

The January classes are:

Best Beginnings, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Early- to middle-pregnancy topics include exercise, diet, weight gain, physical and emotional changes, the father’s role, development of the baby, breastfeeding and the importance of prenatal care.

Family Footprints, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 3. This six-week session is for women in their sixth or seventh months of pregnancy and birth coaches. Mothers-to-be should come dressed in comfortable slacks. Besides an extensive tour of the Obstetrics Unit, the classes include lectures and demonstrations on:
• Breathing and relaxation techniques
• Lectures by a childbirth educator
• Opportunities to ask questions about labor, delivery and newborn care
• Practice for controlling labor
• Videos

Prenatal Refresher, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. For women and birth coaches who have completed the prenatal class during a previous pregnancy.

Sibling Preparation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Children ages 2 through 10 will learn how an additional child will change their families and how they can help with this adjustment. The class includes:
• A tour of the Obstetrics Unit, including nursery
• Dressing up in hospital gowns, masks and caps
• Story time about having a baby
• Role playing for children

Registration for all classes is required. For more information or to register, please call Great River Medical Center’s Corporate Education Department at (319) 768-4070.