Expectant parents in their second to fifth month of pregnancy are encouraged to attend this one-session course. Topics discussed involve nutrition during pregnancy, fetal development, changes in the mother's body and emotions, body mechanics, common discomforts, relaxation techniques, and signs of labor. Call for next scheduled class - Class will be cancelled if low registration. For more information and to pre-register call the New Life Unit at (814) 333-5433. The class is free.
Pregnant mothers and their support persons (who plan to participate during labor) should find this course very helpful in preparing for the delivery of a new life. Classes concentrate on preparation for labor and birth using relaxation and breathing techniques. Topics also discussed include a process of labor and delivery, hospital admission, true versus false labor, fetal monitoring, medication and anesthesia, induced labor and Cesarean birth. Classes are instructed by New Life Unit nurses and are available weekend days and/or weeknights during the 7th through 9th month of pregnancy. For more information and to pre-register call the New Life Unit at (814) 333-5433. Fee is $40 -- please register early!
For those special dietary problems you may encounter during your pregnancy, counseling is available. A referral by your physician is required so that you may receive personalized counseling from one of our registered dieticians.
Classes are available to help a new mother learn to successfully breastfeed her infant. Classes are held at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the in the New Life Unit of Meadville Meadville Center, Liberty Street. Classes are taught by a certified lactation consultant and are free of charge and open to all interested persons. For more information and to pre-register call the New Life Unit at (814) 333-5433.
Newborn Care Class
A Newborn Care Class, which is offered monthly at no charge, provides tips on caring for your new baby during the early weeks at home. Topics covered include bathing, positioning, feeding, burping, cord care, circumcision care and the proper use of car seats. Call the New Life Unit at (814) 333-5433 to register.
Infant Care Class
During your post-partum stay, the staff provides instructions covering the care of your newborn including bathing, bottle feeding and breast-feeding. Before going home you will have an opportunity to bathe and care for your baby while knowing you have professionals to advise and guide you. A videotape library is available on the New Life Unit with a variety of pertinent topics that you are free to utilize at any time during your stay.
Brothers and sisters of your new baby are an important part of Meadville Medical Center's family-centered program. Classes for baby's brothers and sisters ages 2 and up are offered monthly. Parents must accompany their children at this program. Through discussion and a tour of the New Life Unit, we help prepare the family for the new baby's arrival. Call (814) 333-5433 for schedule and to register.