Having a baby is an exciting time, and Freeman Health System is helping families prepare for the new arrival through free education programs. Offered monthly through Freeman Maternity Center, the informative classes are taught by registered nurses with years of experience helping expectant families prepare for a positive birth experience.
Prenatal classes prepare moms-to-be and their partners about the various stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques and pain management – including epidural anesthesia and natural methods.
Sibling class is designed for children ages 3-12 and helps them prepare for their new role and changes that will occur when their new sibling arrives. Instructors will discuss how babies look and behave, proper holding of an infant and diapering.
Breastfeeding class is taught by a certified lactation consultant. Topics include how to get started, proper positioning, recognizing hunger signals, frequency and volume of feedings and how to use a pump (if needed). Instructors also discuss the prevention and treatment of common breastfeeding problems, such as engorgement, sore nipples and clogged ducts.
For more information or to register for a free prenatal education class, visit freemanhealth.com/prenataleducation or call 417.347.6667.
About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2018, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Spring 2018 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.