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MMC Childbirth Education



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Mothering Circle- ONLINE

Free

with Ellen Kunkle

Calendar Aug 13, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 20 weeks

Come together to share the story of your parenting journey and receive support, guidance, and inspiration. Discussion topics include: sleep, feeding, nurturing yourself, relationship changes, and even infant massage and baby-wearing. This group is flexible to address your own needs and concerns. This group is facilitated by a childbirth educator who is also a trained doula and breastfeeding counselor.

This group is currently meeting in an online or call-in format. Please register here to receive log-in or call-in information for this weekly group which meets on Thursdays 10-12pm.

FREE, registration required

Weekly Breastfeeding Support Group ONLINE

Free

with Kara Kaikini

Calendar Sep 1, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 20 weeks

This free support group is a great opportunity to meet other new breastfeeding mothers in your community, share experiences, and receive postpartum and newborn care information and support. A lactation consultant is on hand to answer your questions, provide guidance.

This group is currently meeting in an online or call-in format. Please register here to receive log-in or call-in information for this weekly group which meets on Tuesdays 1-3pm.

FREE, registration required

Childbirth Education One-Day Express 09/26 9a-4p (Saturday) ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Sep 26, 2020 at 9 am

Registration is per person.

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

The One-Day Express Course covers all of the same information as the Childbirth Education 4-evening series in one full day.

Recommended for all first-time pregnant women and their birth partners, this class is designed to provide you and your labor partner with the information, skills, and resources to prepare you for the birth of your baby.

  • Introduction to Labor & Delivery You can expect to learn the stages and phases of labor, what to expect physically and emotionally, the importance of labor support, and more. You will also see birth videos and go on a teaching tour of the Family Birth Center.
  • Practical Skills and Comfort Measures You will learn comfort measures such as relaxation, breathing, and positions that you can use both at home and while at the hospital. Even mothers planning to use medication for pain relief will utilize skills to manage labor prior to and in conjunction with the use of medication.
  • Medications and Interventions Be an active participant in the decisions that affect you and your baby. Learn about induction of labor, unplanned cesareans, vacuum, fetal monitoring and more. Whether you are planning on using pain medications, or just want to understand the available options, you will take home the information you need to make informed decisions about pain relief.
  • Putting It Together The class will wrap up with a labor rehearsal and birth plan exercise as a way to practice all of the skills and knowledge learned in the class.

We recommend attending this class between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy.

**This class is free to MaineCare participants. If you have MaineCare, please enter MAINECARE in the promo code section of your class registration.

 

Tour of the Family Birth Center 09/29 6p-7p (Tuesday)
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Tour of the Family Birth Center 09/29 6p-7p (Tuesday)

Free

Join us for a free tour of the Family Birth Center. Individuals and families who would like a closer look at the facilities and amenities available during your time at the Hospital are encouraged to attend. For the safety of our mothers and babies, tours of the Family Birth Center must be scheduled in advance.

Registered participants are invited to meet our tour guides in the Main Lobby of the hospital, outside of the Flower Box.

(Note: A tour of the Family Birth Center is also included in the Childbirth Education Series, Childbirth Express and Cesarean classes. If you plan on attending one of those classes, you do not need to register for a separate tour.)

Baby Basics Express 09/30 6p-9p ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Sep 30, 2020 at 6 pm

Registration is per person.

 

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

Expectant first time parents can learn about common newborn needs and behaviors and how to prepare for bringing baby home. This class includes information about feeding, how to bathe and swaddle your new baby, safe sleep, caring for and calming a newborn, ways to make sure your baby is safe at home, in the car and in an emergency, and tips on how to make this newborn period an easier transition for you.

We recommend attending this class between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.

*This class is free to MaineCare participants. If you have MaineCare, please enter MAINECARE in the promo code section of your class registration.

 

Full Course

Childbirth Education 4-week Series 10/01-10/22 6p-8p (Thursdays) ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Oct 1, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Registration is per person.

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

These comprehensive classes are designed to provide you and your labor partner with the information, skills, and resources to prepare you for the birth of your baby.

  • Class#1: Introduction to Labor & Delivery
    • Recommended for all first-time pregnant women and their birth partners, this class covers the stages and phases of labor, what to expect physically and emotionally, the importance of labor support, and more. You will also see birth videos. This class also includes a teaching tour of the Family Birth Center.
  • Class#2:Practical Skills and Comfort Measures
    • This class will cover comfort measures such as relaxation, breathing, and positions that you can use both at home and while at the hospital. Even mothers planning to use medication for pain relief will utilize skills to manage labor prior to and in conjunction with the use of medication.
  • Class#3: Medications and Interventions
    • Be an active participant in the decisions that affect you and your baby. Learn about induction of labor, unplanned cesareans, vacuum, fetal monitoring and more. Whether you are planning on using pain medications, or just want to understand the available options, this class will provide you the information you need to make informed decisions regarding pain relief.
  • Class#4: Putting It Together
    • To wrap it up, this class puts into practice all of the skills and knowledge from the first three classes in a labor rehearsal and birth plan exercise. This class also includes an opportunity for Q&A.

We recommend attending this class between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy.

**This class is free to MaineCare participants. If you have MaineCare, please enter MAINECARE in the promo code section of your class registration.

 

Full Course

Childbirth Education One-Day Express 10/03 9a-4p (Saturday) ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Oct 3, 2020 at 9 am

Registration is per person.

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

The One-Day Express Course covers all of the same information as the Childbirth Education 4-evening series in one full day.

Recommended for all first-time pregnant women and their birth partners, this class is designed to provide you and your labor partner with the information, skills, and resources to prepare you for the birth of your baby.

  • Introduction to Labor & Delivery You can expect to learn the stages and phases of labor, what to expect physically and emotionally, the importance of labor support, and more. You will also see birth videos and go on a teaching tour of the Family Birth Center.
  • Practical Skills and Comfort Measures You will learn comfort measures such as relaxation, breathing, and positions that you can use both at home and while at the hospital. Even mothers planning to use medication for pain relief will utilize skills to manage labor prior to and in conjunction with the use of medication.
  • Medications and Interventions Be an active participant in the decisions that affect you and your baby. Learn about induction of labor, unplanned cesareans, vacuum, fetal monitoring and more. Whether you are planning on using pain medications, or just want to understand the available options, you will take home the information you need to make informed decisions about pain relief.
  • Putting It Together The class will wrap up with a labor rehearsal and birth plan exercise as a way to practice all of the skills and knowledge learned in the class.

We recommend attending this class between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy.

**This class is free to MaineCare participants. If you have MaineCare, please enter MAINECARE in the promo code section of your class registration.

 

Siblings 10/04 10:30a-12p ONLINE

Free

with Ellen Kunkle

Calendar Oct 4, 2020 at 10:30 am

Good Afternoon,

Due to recent changes in Maine Medical Center’s visitor guidelines we will be offering this class as an online interactive class instead of in person.

The scheduled instructor will be leading it and be available for questions. A few days before the class is scheduled to take place you will receive an email with instructions on how to participate online or by phone.

We recognize the inconvenience of this change and so will be issuing a full refund of your registration cost. We apologize and hope to be able to resume classes on our campus soon.

Thanks for your understanding as we seek to find new ways to provide you information and support.

Childbirth Education

childbirtheducation@mmc.org

207-662-6132

This class will help siblings prepare for the special occasion of becoming a big brother or sister. Big brothers and sisters will tour the Family birth Center, watch an age-appropriate video, and learn to diaper their doll or teddy bear. Siblings will also learn what to expect during mom and baby's hospital stay, what newborn babies look like and act like, and how they can help mom and dad with the new baby.

We recommend attending this class between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.





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