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Free Prenatal Education Classes offered at TCH

If you are first-time mother-to-be or would like a refresher course on preparing for childbirth, the obstetrics department at Tri-County Hospital is hosting free prenatal education classes. TCH promotes prenatal education as the most effective way for new parents to prepare for their childbirth experience, and to gain information on how best to care for themselves and their babies following birth

"We encourage you to take advantage of these free classes so that you will feel as prepared and as comfortable as possible during your labor and delivery process," said Kris Wallgren, RN, TCH OB supervisor.

Classes are instructed by Tri-County Hospital OB labor and delivery nurses and head-start professionals. Here is a rundown of the classes:

• Prepared Childbirth classes are for women during their last three months of pregnancy. The session includes six classes and will stress the following: breathing and relaxation techniques used during labor and delivery, breast and bottle feeding, tour of the TCH birthing suites, preparation for the birth experience, newborn care and care for mom after delivery; and more. The six consecutive classes will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning Monday, April 5 in the Browne Conference Center.

• Prenatal Refresher is a class structured for mothers who are expecting their second or subsequent children. The class is intended for those who've had a baby before but it's been awhile, had a different coach or no coach last time and the coach needs tips, or someone who had their baby at another hospital. The course will include, but not limited to: warning signs of pregnancy and premature labor, when to go to the hospital, stages of labor and coaching tips, newborn and postpartum care, medical interventions, non-medical pain relief, breast/bottle feeding challenges and rewards, tour of maternity wing and birthing suits and more. Partners/coaches are encouraged to attend. The refresher class will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19 in the Browne Family Conference Center.

To pre-register or for more information, contact Wallgren at (218) 632-8781 or (800) 631-1811.