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Find a wide range of classes and groups that help the whole family prepare for pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn. We offer child birth education classes, boot camps for new dads, breastfeeding classes, birthing center tours, and car seat safety clinics. Explore our calendar to find events at an Essentia Health location near you.
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(SPEECH)TRACY BRIGGS: When
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(SPEECH)you're preparing for a newborn baby, it's not just painting the nursery and buying cute clothes that count. These days, parents, siblings, and even grandparents, are taking classes to get ready for the big day. Registered nurse Lindsay Bontjes is the program manager for Essentia Health's childbirth classes. She says, years ago, new moms and dads might take a class to learn about breathing and relaxation techniques during delivery. But the focus has changed. LINDSAY BONTJES:
(DESCRIPTION)Lindsay Bontjes, Essentia Health Program Manager
(SPEECH)Definitely, we're feeling from our patients that they wanted even more. So we kind of start with the pregnancy. We go through labor and delivery. We talk about what to expect in the hospital. And then, we even go farther and we talk about what do you expect postpartum, the basics of infant care, we talk about all of that. TRACY BRIGGS: But
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(SPEECH)it's not just the soon to be new mom and dad who benefit from childbirth classes. Bontjes says siblings learn about being a big sister a brother. And grandparents who might have plenty of childbearing experience learn some new things as well. LINDSAY BONTJES: We talk a lot about the practice changes since they perhaps have had babies. We talk about all the new skin to skin, the new safety things. We talk about, also, how to support the new family and how to maybe not parent the new parents. TRACY BRIGGS:
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(SPEECH)Plus, you don't need to be an Essentia Patient to take the classes. Bontjes says you'll find a warm and welcoming setting, where you can learn the things you didn't know you needed to know without a huge time commitment. LINDSAY BONTJES: We always get those parents who kind of linger after class and they'll come up and they'll say, you have no idea how much this has helped me. I was scared. I didn't know any of this language. And then, they'll also say, and we never thought it would be as fun as it was. TRACY BRIGGS:
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(SPEECH)To register and get more information on Essentia's childbirth preparation classes, go online to EssentiaHealth. org and click on Classes and Events. With this Essentia Health "Medical Insight," I'm Tracy Briggs.
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