Humboldt General Hospital Announces 2015 Childbirth Education Schedule

Humboldt General Hospital has announced its 2015 Childbirth Education schedule.

Mothers-to-be in their fifth to eighth month of pregnancy will have the chance to participate in one of nine educational sessions over the coming year including the following Saturday dates: February 21, April 11, May 9, June 6, July 11, August 29, September 26, October 24 and November 21.

All classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in one of the conference rooms at Humboldt General Hospital.

To cover the cost of the course, a voluntary donation is accepted, but is not required. Lunch and snacks are provided by Humboldt General Hospital.

Each Childbirth Education course will include instruction on labor and delivery, comfort measures and breathing and relaxation techniques.

Birthing coaches, who are encouraged to attend the class along with mothers, also will be instructed regarding their role in the birthing process.

Instructor Becky Egbert said the class is meant to help women understand that there is no right or wrong way to give birth. "I believe that parents should be educated and then they can make their own decisions about labor and birth," she said.

Participants are encouraged to bring a couple of pillows and wear comfortable clothing throughout the instruction.

Additionally, Humboldt General Hospital will offer two other classes in the coming year. A Lactation class will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the week following each Childbirth Education class. Dates for 2015 include February 24, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 14, August 31, September 28, October 26 and November 23.

Egbert will discuss the natural process of breastfeeding, lactation, physiology of the breast, positioning, identification of infant feeding cues, nutrition and storage of breast milk.

To cover the cost of the course, a voluntary donation is accepted, but is not required.

A Newborn Care class also has been scheduled for the week following each Lactation class, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates for 2015 are January 20, March 3, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, September 8, October 6, November 3 and December 1.

Parents-to-be will learn about all aspects of daily care including feeding, sleeping, diapering, circumcision and umbilical cord care, bathing, and dressing.

Further, participants will learn what a healthy newborn looks like as well as discuss temperament, crying and comforting techniques, behavior states and how a newborn communicates.

To cover the cost of the course, a voluntary donation is accepted, but is not required.

Pre-registration is recommended for all classes, but is not required. To pre-register or for more information, please call Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1268.

For more information or for questions regarding the Childbirth Education, Lactation or Newborn Care classes, please call instructor Becky Egbert at (775) 217-1875 or email at egbertr@hghospital.org.

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