Pregnant moms can get all their “what to expect” pregnancy questions answered by attending any or all of the prenatal education programs offered by HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese this year.
The St. Joseph’s Women and Infants Center offers a wide range of services for mothers and babies, and the class schedule for 2021 is now available. Classes include Prepared Childbirth, Getting to Know Your Newborn and Breastfeeding plus other education about the amenities and quality care at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Classes are taught by a registered nurse and a certified lactation counselor from St. Joseph’s Women and Infants Center and are open to any mom-to-be and their support person. It is recommended moms-to-be take classes closest to their due date.
“The overall goal for all of our prenatal education programs is to make sure moms and families are as prepared as they can be for the delivery, as well as taking their baby home,” shared Serra Morton, director of the women and infants center. “We invite all expectant mothers and support persons to attend our educational classes.”
Morton also notes that all COVID-19 safety precautions are followed for the classes which are kept to limited numbers, socially distanced and require masks.
According to the March of Dimes, prenatal education is an important component of supporting healthy pregnancies. Prenatal education promotes the maintenance of healthy lifestyles at the end of pregnancy and helps expectant mothers manage stress, support a healthy diet, avoid harmful chemicals and situations, recognize warning signs and symptoms that mean something may be wrong with their pregnancy, as well as prepare for labor and delivery.
The full calendar of classes at St. Joseph’s Hospital Women and Infants Center can be reviewed here. For more information or to register for classes, call (618) 526-5423.
St. Joseph’s Women and Infants Center is a Certified Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one of only approximately 600 designated hospitals in the U.S. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The hospital also has a partnership with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon to provide a neonatal care through telemedicine. A combination of pediatric care and information technology, this neonatal care program is a consultative telemedicine service that brings the expertise of the SLUCare neonatologists at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon directly to partnering hospitals.
For more information about HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese’s Women and Infant Center, visit here.