December 26, 2012
New classes for a New Year!
The St. Joseph-Breese Women and Infants Center has announced the 2013 class schedule with a variety of childbirth classes, breastfeeding sessions, sibling, baby care and Happiest Baby/Toddler.
Leading off the month is a Breastfeeding class at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, while the Breastfeeding Support Group, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, closes out January. Sessions are in the Heritage Room; contact 526-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Those attending the support group will receive tips from trained volunteer counselors, registered nurses experienced in lactation consulting and Clinton County Health Department staff.
With Community Link’s First Step Program in Breese, WIC will offer Happiest Baby on Monday, Jan. 14, and Happiest Toddler on Monday, Feb. 11. Classes are from 1 to 3 p.m. at the hospital HealthPlex and are provided with funding from the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Happiest Toddler is for those with children one to four years old; Happiest Baby is for new or expectant parents. Both are open to anyone caring for infants or toddlers including day care providers.
Class coordinators include Laurie Hemker and Janice McElroy, both with First Step.
An Early Head Start and Infant Mental Health Coordinator, Hemker holds a master’s degree in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker and Certified Happiest Baby Educator. McElroy, First Step’s Early Learning and Family Support director, holds a master’s degree in counseling and human development.
Also at the beginning of the New Year, WIC will offer a Sibling Class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and Know Your Newborn at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Heritage Room. Sibling is for children three to 10 years old expecting a new brother or sister within the next two months; Know Your Newborn is for moms- and dads-to-be.
Three childbirth classes will be offered in January: a Childbirth Refresher class at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15; a three-week course at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 15, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29; and a one-day Prepared Childbirth class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Prepared Childbirth classes are in the hospital Heritage Room; this Childbirth Refresher session will be in the Board Room.
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.
For more information on classes, to register (required) or a tour of the facility, contact 526-5464 or email@example.com.