Leading off the month, WIC, in conjunction with Community Link’s First Step Program in Breese, will offer “Happiest Toddler” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 11, and “Happiest Baby” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the hospital HealthPlex. Classes are provided with funding from the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
“Happiest Toddler” is for parents with children one to four years old; “Happiest Baby” is for new or expectant parents. Sessions are also open to anyone caring for infants or toddlers including day care providers.
Several childbirth classes are scheduled for the hospital Heritage Room including a three-week Prepared Childbirth course at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 19, June 26 and July 3; a one-day Prepared Childbirth class at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21; and a Prepared Childbirth Refresher at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Sessions provide information to decrease anxiety and fears. Topics include relaxation, comfort measures, variations of normal labor and delivery, Caesarean births, risks and benefits of medication.
Also offered this summer in the Heritage Room will be a Breastfeeding class at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12; a Sibling class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14; and “Know Your Newborn” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
Breastfeeding is for parents who are considering or have decided to breastfeed; Sibling is for children three to 10 years old expecting a new brother or sister within the next two months; and Know Your Newborn is for moms- and dads-to-be.
In addition, tours of the newly renovated Women and Infants Center are available. New features include a labor tub and a more contemporary, spa-like environment.
For class details, to register (required) or a tour, contact 526-5464 or email@example.com.
St. Joseph’s in Breese reminds class participants that the hospital grounds are now tobacco free.