It’s easier than ever for expectant mothers to learn about the childbirth process and newborn parenting now that Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers Prepared Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes online.
In addition to these two online options, NGMC will continue to provide Prepared Childbirth, Learning Breastfeeding, Newborn Parenting, Car Seat Safety and Our New Baby Siblings classes onsite at its campus in Gainesville. Free tours of the Labor and Delivery area are included with most of these classes and are scheduled during their respective meeting times.
“But, in an age where mothers-to-be can search for just about anything they need to know online, it’s only fitting for them to be able to access childbirth classes online as well,” says Sara Dyer, director of Women and Children’s Services at NGMC.
“While nothing can replace the in-person experience of visiting and touring the hospital and speaking with the instructor directly, we want to be sure we’re offering options that are convenient for everyone – including mothers whose schedules don’t accommodate a four or even two-week class series, or who can’t attend the classes onsite due to bed rest or other medical constraints,” Dyer adds.
The online Prepared Childbirth class consists of several components: an initial onsite meeting with a tour of the Labor and Delivery area; the online childbirth education module; and an optional onsite class with a question and answer session for participants who have specific questions.
“This optional onsite class gives mothers-to-be and their partners a chance to practice the skills they’ve learned, such as relaxation and breathing techniques, without committing to a series of classes onsite,” says Dyer.
The online Breastfeeding class provides general information about breastfeeding and can be taken by itself or used as a refresher to supplement the onsite class.
For more information about childbirth and parenting classes offered at NGMC, click here, or call 770-219-1495.