LaPorte Hospital offers free childbirth classes for the community that focus on a variety of topics while blending convenience for moms and parents. Call 219-326-2444.
2-Hour Fast Track childbirth preparation class
This prenatal crash course is for expecting parents who want to learn about: labor and birth process, pain management options and support techniques to assist the laboring mother. The class is from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at LaPorte Hospital, Childbirth Education and Prenatal Classroom.
Natural Childbirth Class
The natural childbirth class is for expectant parents who are interested in a nonmedicated birth plan. This class will provide physical and emotional coping techniques and how to practice hands-on comfort measures. The class is the third Tuesday of every other month, in the Birthing & Family Care Center on the second floor of LaPorte Hospital. Call to register.
Breastfeeding provides benefits to both mom and baby. Breastfeeding mothers have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and postpartum depression, and breastfed babies have increased protection against illnesses and a lower risk of allergies, ear infections, asthma and obesity. This class will help soon-to-be parents learn what to expect with breastfeeding and how to recognize baby’s feeding cues, positioning techniques and problem-solving skills. Classes are from 6-8 p.m., the first Tuesday of every month at LaPorte Hospital.
Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinic
The drop-in clinic provides open times, no appointment needed, for moms to meet with an international board certified-lactation consultant or a certified lactation counselor to help sort out any issues and answer questions. The breastfeeding drop-in clinic will be from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 and March 20 at LaPorte Hospital.