Getting ready for your first baby? Or, do you just need some refresher training as you welcome the newest addition to your family? FirstHealth has a variety of maternity classes led by health care professional to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to prepare before, during and after your baby’s arrival.
Prepared Childbirth Series
Moore Regional Hospital hosts a Prepared Childbirth Series from January to November. The five-week course is held in the evening from 7 to 9 p.m. The goal of the series is to provide specific information about the latter stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery, as well as what to expect following delivery. For registration and course dates, call (910) 715-2275. We recommend that you call to register during your first trimester.
Childbirth Preparation Classes
One-day sessions meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Auditorium at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital. Topics covered include breastfeeding information, breathing techniques, pain control and pregnancy surprises, labor positions and postpartum care. The classes are free and registration is required. For registration and class dates, call (910) 417-3443.
Offered the first Thursday of every other month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Women & Children’s Conference Room, Moore Regional Hospital
Expectant parents will learn the benefits of breastfeeding, positions to use while breastfeeding, feeding patterns, pumping and introduction of bottles. Breast pumps and other equipment that may be helpful to your breastfeeding routine will be shown. Most insurance companies will cover the charge for the class. To register or for more information call (866) 415-2778 toll-free.
Infant Safety & CPR Class
Moore Regional Hospital offers a free two-hour class to teach parents CPR for infants, car seat safety and other ways to keep babies safe. The class is recommended for parents-to-be during the third trimester of pregnancy or after the baby is born. For more information call (910) 715-2275.
FirstQuit for Smokers
Babies born to women who smoke are much more likely to have infections and other serious health problems. So are infants and children who breathe second-hand smoke.
If you smoke, the FirstQuit program can help you stop. It is a comprehensive program that uses the latest techniques to assist tobacco users through the process of quitting smoking, chewing and other forms of tobacco use. The program includes:
- Customized quit plan
- Small group and one-to-one health education
- Identification of triggers
- Coping strategies
- Medications (Nicotine patches, gum & lozenges)
- Regular support groups available
Fee is $50 and includes program participation for six months. Reduced fees are available for those who qualify. Programs offered in Hoke, Moore, Montgomery and Richmond counties. For more information contact the FirstQuit program toll-free at (877) 342-2255.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is always important. It is especially important when you are eating for two.
Pregnant women sometimes have special nutritional needs or concerns. Registered dietitians at the FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness–Pinehurst offer medical nutrition therapy to help expectant mothers make sure they are eating properly for themselves and their babies. For more information call (910) 715-1835.
Fitness for Mom & Baby
The FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness–Pinehurst offers workshops to teach parents how to massage their infants. Massage is soothing and relaxing for both baby and parent, and it is a good way to promote bonding.
For Moms ready to get back and shape and stay healthy, the center has exercise classes designed for new mothers.
The center also offers swim classes for infants and toddlers (age six months to three years) and their parents. The classes help children feel comfortable in the water and teach parents how to work with their children in the water. Parents don’t have to be members of the Center to take part in the massage or swim classes.
Call (910) 715-1800 for more information.