Prenatal and Family Education
What can I do to have the healthiest pregnancy possible? Which exercises are safe to do while I am pregnant? Which relaxation and breathing techniques will help me during labor? How can my partner help me and really become a part of this experience?
What are my options in the hospital - before, during and after my baby is born? How can I determine why my baby is crying? So many questions, so much to learn! Now that you're expecting, we want you to have the opportunity to learn the answers to these questions and important information.
Here’s what you can expect from our family centered education department:
- Breastfeeding Basics Breastfeeding can be both challenging and rewarding. This class will provide an explanation of the lactation process, benefits of breastfeeding, the importance of a support system, and tips to a successful start. You will learn about positioning, latch-on, early feedings and the importance of assessing your baby's intake. Breast-pumping and storage, and maintaining a healthy milk supply is also discussed for moms that plan to return to work or school. (This class is recommended during the last three months of pregnancy.)
- Cesarean Birth This class is designed to meet the needs of expectant mothers preparing for a scheduled birth by cesarean. Understanding indications, interventions and procedures will help put your mind at ease before the big day. A tour of the Family Birth Center recovery area and Women's Specialty unit is included. (This class is recommended during the last two months of pregnancy.)
- Childbirth Refresher This class is a review of prepared childbirth for experienced mothers and their partners. Topics include positioning and coping techniques, anesthesia options and a tour of the maternity center. (This class is recommended during the last two months of pregnancy.)
- CPR for Infant, Child and Adult Participants will learn CPR and relief of foreign body airway obstruction for infants, children, and adults. This 3-hour course is designed to meet the needs of lay rescuers, expectant parents, school children 12 and up, and family members. THIS IS NOT A CERTIFICATION COURSE. No written test is required. You will receive an AHA observation/participation card at the end of the class.
- Maternity Tour A tour of the Maternity Family Birth Center is available to help you feel more prepared when that big day arrives. A Family Birth Center Nurse will meet you in the Atrium and walk you through the steps from admission to discharge and will answer any questions you may have about your stay at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.
- Newborn Care This class will answer all of your questions about the new baby. A review of newborn characteristics, general baby care, early parenting, safety issues and resource materials are provided. Demonstrations using a doll for bathing, diaper changes, and cord care are performed and you will have an opportunity to practice as well. (This class is recommended during the last two months of pregnancy.)
- Prepared Childbirth This class will help expectant parents prepare for their upcoming labor, delivery and recovery experience. Our Lamaze or ICEA certified instructors will focus on topics including breathing techniques, positioning, coping techniques, anesthesia options, and video. A tour of the Family Birth Center is included. This course is offered as a 5 weekday evenings series, 3 week Saturday series, or week-end express course, all options include 12 hours of course content. (This course is recommended 6 - 8 weeks prior to delivery, please register in advance as classes fill quickly!)
- Sibling Class This class is designed to help siblings prepare for the arrival of a new baby. A description of newborn characteristics and hands-on practice with dolls will facilitate a safe and positive interaction with their new baby. A brief tour of the Family Birthing Center is included. (One or both parents may attend). This class is available for children 3 – 9 years of age.
Registration is required and can be completed by calling (713) 222-CARE or by accessing the online Classes & Events icon at the top of the page. For more information or to inquire about additional classes, contact our Perinatal Education office at (713) 897-5896.
Accommodating learning needs following your baby’s birth
- Homeward Bound Discharge Instruction Class This class is offered FREE daily at 10:30 a.m. for all inpatient mothers, fathers and their babies to help the new family prepare for their transition to home. The class is taught by a Family Birth Center nurse who answers questions, reviews current healthcare practices and demonstrates basic newborn care for baby and post-partum care for mom.
- “All About Moms” Weekly Support Group Facilitated by a Nurse and Certified Childbirth Educator from the Family Birth Center, this group is a casual atmosphere which allows new and experienced moms and babies (birth to 1 year) to come together to share, learn and support each other through the process of motherhood. The group meets every Monday from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and is FREE to any new mother/baby couplet in the community, no registration is required.
- Mothers of Multiples: Mothers of Multiples Monthly Support Group meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Conference Center on the 1st floor at 9250 Pinecroft Drive. The group supports families expecting and raising multiple birth children - twin, triplets and beyond. It's an informative andfun - club events include monthly meetings, speakers, socials, fundraisers, semiannual buy/sells, family events, playgroups and much more! In addition to these meetings, there are pre-meetings for expecting new moms which are held at 6:15 p.m. on the same day of the main meeting. For more information, please call Lisa Martin at (281) 363-9799 or visit woodlandsmom.com.
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