HGH Announces 2018 Childbirth Education Schedule

Humboldt General Hospital has announced its 2018 Childbirth Education schedule.

Mothers-to-be in their fifth to eighth month of pregnancy are invited to participate in one of several educational sessions over the coming year including the following Saturday dates: February 10, April 28, June 2, July 7, August 18, October 27, and November 17.

All classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in one of the conference rooms at 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 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 2018 include February 12, April 30, June 4, July 9, August 20, and November 19.

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.

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 2018 are February 20, May 7, June 11, July 17, August 27, and November 27.

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.

Also in 2018, for the first time, all three courses will be offered in 6-week spring and fall curriculum sets. The spring set will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5. The fall set is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4 and 11.

All courses are offered free of charge by Humboldt General Hospital.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. To pre-register, 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) 455-5138 or email at egbertr@hghospital.org.