Parkridge East Hospital is offering a variety of prenatal education classes in August and September.
Classes are subject to change or cancellation depending on class size; participants will be notified one week prior to class. If you do not receive a confirmation letter or phone call within two weeks of your class date, call MedLine at 800-242-5662. For more information and to register for classes, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
—Breastfeeding class ($15 per couple, free with Lamaze class purchase)
When: Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
For either first-time or veteran parents, this class includes topics such as physiology of breastfeeding, advantages of breastfeeding, techniques for successful breastfeeding, common pitfalls and challenges, returning to work, and pumping. Mothers are strongly encouraged to bring a support person, but it is not required.
—Car seat safety checks (free)
When: Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Checks are conducted by Christy Smith with the Hamilton County Health Department. No registration is required. You may come before your child is born or anytime after your baby arrives. Car seat checks are held in the parking lot between the hospital and doctors' offices building. Car seat safety checks are subject to change or cancellation depending on the weather. Call 423-855-3645 for information.
—Infant/child CPR class ($15)
When: Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
An American Heart Association class taught at Parkridge East Hospital by a basic life support instructor, this course includes instruction on what to do in the event that your infant or child stops breathing or begins to choke. Injury prevention is discussed. This class is recommended for veteran as well as first-time parents, grandparents and caregivers of a new baby. Note: This class is NOT a certification for health care or day care workers.
—Lamaze classes, four-week series ($50, includes breastfeeding class)
When: Mondays, Sept. 3-24, 6:30-9 p.m.
This class will prepare first-time parents for everything they will need to know about having their baby. The class discussion will include nutrition, labor, delivery and postpartum care. This class also includes comfort techniques to be used during labor. Lamaze breathing and relaxation exercises will be practiced every week at the end of class. This is the ideal class for parents who think they might want to go without an epidural but may not be sure. A support person is highly recommended to be in attendance with the expectant mother. Bring two pillows to class. A tour of the hospital is included during class.
—Lamaze, one-day class ($75, includes breastfeeding class)
When: Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This class is ideal for parents who don’t have the time for a four-week series. Lamaze breathing and relaxation exercises will be practiced during class. A support person is highly recommended to be in attendance with the expectant mother. Bring two pillows to class. A tour of the hospital is included during class.
—Parkridge East tours (free)
When: Aug. 11, 1-2 p.m.; Aug. 23, 5-6 p.m.; Sept. 8, 1-2 p.m.; or Sept. 15, 1-2 p.m.
A Parkridge East nurse will lead participants on a walking tour of the facilities. Participants will tour the labor and delivery area and the mother/baby area (based on availability). Prenatal services and classes will be discussed with a time for questions and answers. This tour begins in the Rowe Conference Room.
—Boot camp for dads (free)
When: Call First Things First at 423-267-5383 for information.
This class is an informative session for dads (rookie and veteran) about the ins and outs of being a great father. This class discusses the challenges that new fathers face, like uncontrollable crying (from baby and mom), in-laws and living on little to no sleep. Led by a First Things First instructor, this is a guys-only event.