Gor­don Hospi­tal of­fers child­birth ed­u­ca­tion classes and breast­feed­ing classes

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( Cal­houn, Ga.) — The Baby Place at Gor­don Hospi­tal of­fers child­birth ed­u­ca­tion classes and breast­feed­ing classes to ex­pec­tant par­ents. Th­ese classes are of­fered at no cost on se­lect dates through­out the year. There are a se­ries of three classes each month, and at­ten­dance to all three classes are nec­es­sary to re­ceive all ed­u­ca­tional in­for­ma­tion. The first two classes are fo­cused on child­birth ed­u­ca­tion, and the third class in the se­ries is the breast­feed­ing class.

A child­birth ed­u­ca­tion class can pro­vide a great en­vi­ron­ment for ques­tions, shar­ing fears, and mak­ing a birthing plan. Par­ents will learn what to ex­pect be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter birth to build their con­fi­dence. Knowing what to ex­pect can make a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence in one’s birthing ex­pe­ri­ence. A tour of the OB unit is also in­cluded.

Breast­feed­ing classes are taught by Gor­don Hospi­tal lac­ta­tion coun­selors. Breast­feed­ing pro­tects ba­bies from res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, ear in­fec­tions, and types of di­ar­rhea in­fec­tions. Ev­ery time a mother breast­feeds her baby, she helps their im­mune sys­tem de­velop and their brain to grow. Classes are a good op­por­tu­nity to be with other moms that are breast­feed­ing, make new friends, and learn about the var­i­ous stages of breast­feed­ing. It is also a good place to share ex­pe­ri­ences with other moth­ers.

“Child­birth ed­u­ca­tion and breast­feed­ing classes are the best way to pre­pare for the birth of a baby,” said Reatha Clary, di­rec­tor of The Baby Place. “We want our pa­tients to have the best birth ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble. This in­cludes ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing to pre­vent in­fec­tions and pro­mote bond­ing be­tween mother and baby.”

Classes are from 6 – 8 p.m. in Con­fer­ence Room A. 2018 class dates in­clude: Au­gust 6, 13, 20; Septem­ber 10, 17, 24; Oc­to­ber 1, 8, 15; Novem­ber 5, 12, 19; and no classes in De­cem­ber. 2019 class dates in­clude: Jan­uary 7, 14, 21; Fe­bru­ary 4, 11, 18; March 4, 8, 11; April 1, 8, 15; May 6, 13, 20; June 3, 10, 17; no July classes; Au­gust 5, 12, 19; Septem­ber 9, 16, 23; Oc­to­ber 7, 14, 21; Novem­ber 4, 11, 18; and no De­cem­ber classes. To reg­is­ter for classes, please call 706.879.4737.

About Gor­don Hospi­tal

Founded in 1935, Gor­don Hospi­tal is proud to be a mem­ber of Ad­ven­tist Health Sys­tem. With a sa­cred mis­sion of ex­tend­ing the heal­ing min­istry of Christ, Ad­ven­tist Health Sys­tem (AHS) is a con­nected sys­tem of care for ev­ery stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and com­pas­sion­ate care­givers in physi­cian prac­tices, hos­pi­tals, out­pa­tient clin­ics, skilled nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties, home health agen­cies, and hospice cen­ters pro­vide in­di­vid­u­al­ized, wholis­tic care. A Chris­tian mis­sion, shared vi­sion, com­mon val­ues, fo­cus on whole- per­son health, and com­mit­ment to mak­ing com­mu­ni­ties health­ier unify the sys­tem’s 46 hospi­tal cam­puses and hundreds of care sites in di­verse mar­kets through­out nine states.

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