WASHINGTON, Mo. - Mercy Hospital Washington offers these classes and services for moms and babies during 2013:
The Breastfeeding Support Group offers new and expectant moms education and assistance with breastfeeding. The sessions are led by certified educators and a lactation consultant. The class meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month on the second floor at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. in Washington. For more information, call 636-239-8645. Private breastfeeding consultations are available with a certified lactation consultant at no charge. Private consultations can be scheduled prior to delivery, after delivery and as issues arise by calling 636-239-8528.
Car Seat Checks are led by certified child passenger’s safety technicians by appointment at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. and at community events by request. For an appointment or more information, leave a message at 636-239-8645.
Childbirth Education helps expectant parents prepare for all aspects of the birth process by learning relaxation techniques including breathing, massage, movement, and positioning. Expectant moms should begin attending Childbirth Education classes by the seventh month of pregnancy. Weekday classes meet on alternating Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for four weeks. The cost is $70 for a four-week session. An accelerated class is offered several times a year on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $90. For more information about Childbirth Education, call 636-239-8645. To register, call 636-239-8004.
Mercy Mom’s Connect is an informal gathering of new parents and their children led by a maternal child educator. Sessions feature guest speakers and topics relevant to parenting. It meets from 10 to 11 a.m., the second Wednesday of each month on the second floor at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. For more information, call 636-239-8645.
Weigh-in-Wednesdays reassures new moms that their babies are eating enough and are gaining weight appropriately. Led by a registered nurse, this class is offered each Wednesday for 11a.m. - noon on the second floor at Mercy Hospital Washington. It will also give parents a chance to ask questions and get answers from registered nurses and lactation consultants.