La PORTE – La Porte Hospital has announced its June childbirth and family care classes.  

4-Hour Childbirth Preparation Class

This class should be taken at approximately 28 weeks of pregnancy. Topics covered are: prelude to labor, labor, support techniques to assist the laboring mother, vaginal birth, medical procedures, cesarean sections, postpartum care, pain management options, newborn baby care, preparations for going home, and tour of the Birthing and Family Care Center at La Porte Hospital.

This class is from 4 to 8 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of the month. Upcoming classes are June 19. A class is also being offered on June 22. Those attending are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required. Register at laportehealth.com/childbirth.

Natural Childbirth Class

The natural childbirth class is for expectant parents who are interested in a non-medicated birth plan. This class will provide physical and emotional coping techniques how to practice hands-on comfort measures. The class is the third Tuesday of every other month, in the Birthing & Family Care Center on the second floor of La Porte Hospital. Next class is July 16. Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required at laportehealth.com/childbirth.

Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinic

The first weeks after delivery are always the hardest, and we want to be there to support your breastfeeding success. The drop-in clinic provides open times, no appointment needed, for moms to meet with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or a Certified Lactation Counselor to help sort out any issues and answer questions. Some concerns that typically come up are: latching techniques for baby, overproduction or underproduction of breast milk, hand expression, nipple tenderness, and baby weights.

The next breastfeeding drop-in clinic will be from 10 a.m. to noon on June 18. The clinic is always held the third Tuesday of the month in the Lactation Lounge within the Birthing & Family Care Center at La Porte Hospital.

HeartSaver CPR/AED

A community-based CPR course that includes the practice and demonstration of CPR skills, AED use, use of barrier devices, choking rescue skills, information about the chain of survival and EMS activation. Participants will be required to demonstrate the skills in order to receive a two-year American Heart Association completion card. $60; Must pay prior to the class to be registered. Call 326-2322 to register. Next class is Aug. 22, 5 to 8 p.m. in the La Porte Hospital Auditorium (lower Level)

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