Childbirth can be intimidating, even for experienced moms. To ease fears and instill comfort in expectant parents, Coffey County Hospital will host “Birth & Beyond.” The three-part childbirth class is free for expectant moms and their partners or birth coaches.
Classes are held September 21, 28, and October 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the hospital conference room. It is recommended for anyone expecting between now and October. All materials are provided, but pre-registration is required. Register online here or call (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4151.
At the April 20 class, participants will learn about the stages of labor, positions to help cope with labor, and when to use pain medications. The April 27 session will introduce breathing and relaxation techniques, the support person’s role, safe sleep, and postpartum care. Concluding on May 4, participants will learn the importance of breastfeeding, infant and child CPR, and infant choking.
Obstetrics Supervisor Michelle McVey, R.N. leads the class along with Obstetrics Nurse Aubrea Baker, R.N.
“Coffey Health System encourages new mothers to breastfeed, so we take the opportunity to discuss this important topic during the class,” McVey, who is also a certified lactation counselor, said. “We focus on proper latching, positioning, and recognizing early hunger cues.”
The April 27 class will also feature Certified Safe Sleep Instructor Katie Rich, R.N.
Coffey County Hospital is a “High Five for Mom & Baby Hospital.” To receive this statewide recognition, CCH must actively demonstrate five policies that are pivotal in initiating and continuing breastfeeding:
Birth & Beyond is free for Coffey Health System patients.