Newborn appearance, reflexes and behavior are discussed in depth. Customary assessment and medical procedures are explained. We explore bathing & massage, skin care & diapering, umbilical cord stump care, burping and soothing, taking a temperature, circumcision, baby safety, choosing a care provider for your baby, parenting according to your values, and family adjustment issues.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to nourish a baby. Breastfed infants are less likely to suffer later from serious chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma, acute infections or obesity. Mothers often find that breastfeeding enables them to stop periodically through the day to rest, rejuvenate and bond with their babies. Breastfeeding can protect mothers from breast cancer and depression. Many of the common difficulties beginners may encounter with breastfeeding can be prevented or recognized early and addressed when there has been prenatal preparation. Partners are encouraged to attend this class. Our breastfeeding classes cover a complete overview of the benefits of breastfeeding, nutrition & self care, positioning & latching newborns at the breast, troubleshooting common challenges, information about milk expression & storage and breastfeeding after cesarean surgery.