March 20th, 2012

Great River Health Systems is offering a sibling-preparation class from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14. To register or receive more information, please call the Great River Medical Center’s Education Department at 319-768-4070, or toll-free, 866-297-9516, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You also may register online at under the Classes and Events tab.

Sibling-preparation Class helps children develop realistic expectations about their new baby brother or baby sister, and helps reduce the anxiety about being separated from their mothers. Children ages 2 through 10 will learn how an additional child will change their families and how they can help with this adjustment. The free class includes:

  •  A tour of the Obstetrics Unit, including the nursery
  •  Dressing up in hospital gowns, masks and caps
  •  Role-playing for children
  •  Story time about having a baby