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Questions or concerns involving parenthood? LifeSpan is here!

Sometimes certain life stages are better embarked upon when you have support from others going through the same thing, as well as expert advice from trained professionals in the field. Did you know that we offer pregnancy and family life community outreach classes for the community?

Our OB/GYNs provide exceptional health care, and our LifeSpan classes are a great complement to their services. LifeSpan takes care of all the questions and concerns that come along with parenthood.

Our newest class, Early Pregnancy, was developed for pregnant women to give their baby the best possible start in life. Moms-to-be will learn about stages of their baby’s development, nutrition recommendations and fun ways to be active throughout their pregnancy. Common prenatal tests, hazards to avoid and tips on easing common discomforts will also be discussed.

In conjunction with our Early Pregnancy class, our Childbirth Education Classes take moms-to-be through the final stages of pregnancy, baby’s birth and after care. Attendees learn techniques to use during labor and pain management options.

Other pregnancy or child-related classes include:

  • Teen pregnancy program series
  • Breastfeeding class
  • Infant care class
  • BirthPlace tour
  • Moms’ Club
  • Kids’ Keys to Safety class
  • Safe Sitter babysitting class
  • Puberty – mother and daughter class
  • Signing with your baby class
  • Tot Saver CPR class
  • Car seat fitting stations

If you’re interested in learning more or attending any of our LifeSpan classes, check out our classes and events page on our website. There you will find further details on each event, class dates and times, locations and fees. All of them are open to the public and many of them are free!

Bringing your baby home: what to expect

I will never forget the day we brought Josie home from the hospital. My wife and I were so excited. Since it was winter, we had an adorable snowsuit that made her look like a cuddly stuffed bear. First, I went inside to get the camcorder ready to document everything as mom and baby arrived. With the camera rolling, Noel entered carrying Josie and was excitedly greeted by our dog, Brewer, who nearly tackled both of them. The combination of seeing Noel for the first time in a few days and what he thought was a new stuffed animal led to a scene that was quickly erased from our camera’s memory. Thankfully, no one got hurt, but it certainly wasn’t what we expected. Most pregnant women get a lot of advice about what to expect when they bring home their baby. Here is a list of my top tips, both as a pediatrician and a father:

  • Breast-feeding: Breast-feeding moms should put baby to the breast about every two to three hours. All babies don’t need much milk for the first few days, usually just a few ounces. Mother’s breast-milk will start to come in after a few days, and volume will typically match the baby’s needs. Most bottle-fed babies will take about 2 ounces every 2-4 hours. All babies initially lose weight with the goal of being back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. The initial newborn visit in the first week of life is important to make sure that your baby isn’t losing too much weight. Weight loss up to 10 percent is acceptable. Dads can help support Mom by bringing her snacks, water and helping around the house so Mom can concentrate on breastfeeding. Continue Reading »

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