Macomb—McDonough District Hospital will hold an 8-hour Saturday L.A.T.E. Class from 8:00AM to 4:30PM on July 28, in Auditorium A & B of MDH. This one-day class is equivalent to and will provide the same information offered in our 4-week L.A.T.E. Class series, including breathing and relaxation techniques, and a tour of the OB Department. There will be several short breaks offered during class, as well as a 30-minute lunch break.

The childbirth instruction class is designed to help you prepare for the delivery of your baby. Experienced MDH OB nurses will explain each stage of labor: Latent, Active, Transition, and Expulsion (L.A.T.E.). They will teach breathing and relaxation techniques to help make each phase of labor as manageable as possible. Using games and humor, they will make this a fun experience for you and your support person. It is recommended that you take this class 8-12 weeks before your due date.

There is no fee to attend, and the class is open to all pregnant women and their support person regardless of where they are planning to deliver. For more information and to register, contact the MDH Obstetrics Department at (309) 836-1570.

All participants of the Childbirth L.A.T.E. Class are encouraged to attend the Cesarean Section Class on Thursday, July 26, from 7:00-9:00PM, in Auditorium B. This class is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to have their support person join them in the operating room should a C-section be required.

In addition, participants have the option to attend any of the following free programs:

• Post Partum Care and Understanding Your Newborn,
Thursday, August 2, 7:00-9:00PM, Auditorium B
• Breastfeeding, Thursday, August 9, 7:00-9:00PM, Auditorium B

Other class options include Nutrition for Pregnancy and CPR/First Aid. Pre-registration is required and there is a nominal fee for these classes. The Nutrition for Pregnancy class emphasizes the importance of good nutrition throughout your pregnancy. Our registered dietitian will help you decide which food selections are best for you and your baby. Classes can be arranged by calling (309) 833-4101, ext. 13464.


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