EL CENTRO, Calif. – July 28, 2010 – Having a baby is one of the most amazing things that will ever happen to some people; however, it can also be one of the scariest. To help ease and prepare soon-to-be and new parents El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) offers free classes covering all things baby.

ECRMC offers the following classes free of charge: Growing Baby Class, Childbirth Preparation Class, Newborn Care Class and Breastfeeding Preparation Class. “We at ECRMC understand the joys and anxieties of child birth and child rearing,” said Margaret Hatfield, director of Maternal Child. “We are proud to be able to support our community and provide these much needed services.”

Classes are held each week. The classes will cover needs while pregnant, what to expect during labor, newborn care and breastfeeding. ECRMC educators are trained and certified to help prepare expectant parents and help steer them in the right direction.

A full list of classes and schedules can be found below.

Growing Baby Class

With pregnancy comes a number of changes, both physical and emotional. The Growing Baby Class helps expectant parents understand what they can anticipate and how to prepare for the delivery and transition to parenthood.

English Classes Spanish Classes
First Wednesday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm
First Thursday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm

Childbirth Preparation Class

These sections help future parents understand the labor and delivery process, including the various options, methods and medication available. This is a two-part class.

English Classes
Part 1 Part 2
Second Tuesday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm
Third Tuesday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm
Spanish Classes
Part 1 Part 2
Second Thursday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm
Third Thursday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm

Newborn Care Class

These classes assist new parents in their transitions to parenthood. They include topics such as car seats, immunizations, diapering, bathing, adjustment to new roles and health and safety issues.

English Classes
Spanish Classes
Fourth Tuesday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm
Fourth Thursday of every month
10 am – 12 pm or 6 pm – 8 pm

Breastfeeding Preparation Class

Breastfeeding is the best option for new babies. The most nutritious food source available for newborn babies is mother’s breast milk. What many women do not know is that breastfeeding is a skill that oftentimes does not come naturally. Mothers will learn preparation, tips and problem solving during the 2-hour class. They will also learn about feeding and sleeping patterns, returning to work, childcare options, what to do about a fussy baby, and more.

Breastfeeding has long been an important focus for ECRMC. The hospital is committed to ensuring the best for the local community and has recently been recognized as a leader by Baby-Friendly ® USA, Inc. for declaring its commitment to the principles of global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and establishing the highest standard possible for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.

“We recognize that breast feeding is ideal for both baby and mother,” said Roberta Webster, lactation consultant. “As such, we believe in strongly supporting the Baby-Friendly USA initiative and we are pleased to offer these breast feeding classes to the Imperial Valley community.”

English Classes
Third Thursday of every month
6 pm – 8 pm

About ECRMC

El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: “To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley.”

ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a new facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide an advanced healthcare facility and service, helping ECRMC continue to achieve it’s goal of providing excellence in healthcare.

Recent additions to the hospital include the opening of the Wound Care Center; the implementation of the Hospitalist Program; the Asthma and Diabetes Program; and the Children’s Specialist Program. A new Outpatient Center is planned in order to continue excellent service within the local community.

ECRMC has also recently announced a collaboration with the Oncology and Hematology Center of Imperial Valley to create the El Centro Regional Medical Center Oncology and Hematology Center. Maintaining its commitment to medical technology advancement, the hospital has invested in the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System. The surgery system allows for safe and less intrusive procedures in various surgical fields, including urology, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology and more.

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