Having a baby changes everything, and it’s an especially difficult transition for families who are experiencing childbirth for the first time – or for teens who might be preparing for an unplanned pregnancy.
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital offers a number of childbirth education classes to help women and their partners adjust during this special time in their lives. Women are encouraged to register for classes once they’ve reached the 25th week of pregnancy. Classes include basic childbirth education, baby basics, breast feeding and a boot camp for new dads.
Teresa Posada, Memorial’s childbirth education coordinator, talked about these classes Sept. 23, 2014 on KIT 1280.
- Childbirth education classes teach you and your labor partner what to expect on the day you go into labor. From learning how to time contractions to what comfort measures you should use for labor, this class will give you the tools you need to help guide you through this journey. Classes are also offered in Spanish.
- Young and Pregnant Childbirth Education class designed especially for teen moms – If you are a teen who is pregnant and wanting more information on pregnancy and labor this class is for you. Our Young and Pregnant class is geared for the teen mom and a support person, and focuses not only on labor but on other issues that teens face when pregnant. Moms receive a free car seat upon completion of the class. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.
- Breastfeeding can be a special bonding time for you and your baby and is also the best nourishment you can give to him or her. Our breastfeeding class can teach you how to get started and get through those first few weeks when breastfeeding can be most challenging.
- There is a lot to know when it comes to taking care of an infant. Our baby basics class teaches you all about baby care, diapering, swaddling, taking your baby’s temperature, bathing and more.
- If you are a first time father, Boot Camp bootcampfornewdads.org may be just the class for you. This workshop will prepare you on how to support your partner, and you will learn how to engage with your new infant once he/she arrives. Boot Camp for New Dads gives you the confidence to go through the journey of becoming a dad.
Once your baby arrives, Memorial continues to offer you the support you may need. Our Mom and Baby group meets every Monday from 10 am to noon where moms can bring their baby ages 0 to 12 months to connect with other moms and babies. It is a great resource where you can ask parenting questions, hear from different presenters on many different topics relating to your child and to just feel connected.
These classes are designed for you to have a relatively more enjoyable labor, feel less stress about delivery and medical interventions, and ultimately feel empowered to handle just about any labor scenario that nature throws your way. Couples who’ve had childbirth classes generally rate their childbirth experience as more satisfying overall than those who haven’t.
For more information, call Teresa Posada at 248-7322