La Porte Hospital adds new childbirth class for 2019 series

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December 17, 2018
La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital has added yet another free class to the series of childbirth and family care classes – this one focused on how to help brothers and sisters adjust to a new baby in the house. The Super Siblings class is a one-session class that helps children ages 3 to 7 prepare for the new baby and learn positive sibling skills. A parent must attend. The class is one Saturday every other month from 2 – 4 p.m., in the La Porte Hospital Childbirth Education and Prenatal Classroom, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte. The Next class is February 9. The class is free, but pre-registration required by visiting laportehealth.com/childbirth.
 
Other upcoming classes hosted by the La Porte Hospital Birthing and Family Care Center are:
 
Newborn & Infant Care Class
An interactive class where expecting moms, dads, and their support friends or family can practice caring for their bundles of joy. Clinical nurse educators with La Porte Hospital’s Birthing & Family Care Center will have mannequins on hand to help review best practices for caring for babies. Topics include transition of care (skin to skin); newborn tests and procedures; newborn appearance; skin, cord, and diaper care; bathing and shampooing; gagging and choking (bulb syringe use); and proper positioning (safe sleep and tummy time). Upcoming Newborn and Infant Care Class is from 10 a.m. – noon Jan., 5 in the second floor prenatal classroom. Registration is required at laportehealth.com/childbirth.
 
4-Hour Childbirth Preparation Class
Class should be taken at approximately 28 weeks of pregnancy.  Topics covered are: prelude to labor, labor, support techniques to assist the laboring mother, vaginal birth, medical procedures, cesarean sections, postpartum care, pain management options, newborn baby care, preparations for going home, and tour of the Birthing and Family Care Center at La Porte Hospital.
 
This class is from 4 – 8 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of the month (upcoming classes are January 2 and 16).  One Saturday per month, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., (upcoming Saturday class is January 19). Those attending are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.  Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required at laportehealth.com/childbirth.
 
Natural Childbirth Class
The natural childbirth class is for expectant parents who are interested in a non-medicated birth plan.  This class will provide physical and emotional coping techniques how to practice hands-on comfort measures.  The class is the third Tuesday of every other month, in the Birthing & Family Care Center on the second floor of La Porte Hospital.  Next class is January 15. Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required at laportehealth.com/childbirth.
 
Breastfeeding Class
Breastfeeding provides benefits to both mom and baby. Breastfeeding mothers have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and postpartum depression, and breastfed babies have increased protection against illnesses and a lower risk of allergies, ear infections, asthma and obesity. This class will help soon-to-be parents learn what to expect with breastfeeding, and how to recognize baby’s feeding cues, positioning techniques and problem-solving skills. Classes are from 6-8 p.m., the first Tuesday of every month.    Exception:  January’s class is on January 8, at La Porte Hospital, Childbirth Education and Prenatal Classroom.  Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required at laportehealth.com/childbirth.
 
Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinic
The first weeks after delivery are always the hardest, and we want to be there to support your breastfeeding success.  The drop-in clinic provides open times, no appointment needed, for moms to meet with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or a Certified Lactation Counselor to help sort out any issues and answer questions. Some concerns that typically come up are: latching techniques for baby, overproduction or underproduction of breast milk, hand expression, nipple tenderness, and baby weights.
 
The breastfeeding drop-in clinic will be from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month in the Lactation Lounge within Birthing & Family Care Center at La Porte Hospital.  Upcoming date January 15.
 
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The mission of La Porte Hospital is to improve the health of our patients and communities.
Contact:
Stacey Kellogg, Regional Manager, Community Relations
(219) 983-8641