By: Renetta Harrison | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2009
The Rogers County Health Department and the Children First program are offering free childbirth classes to first-time mothers in Rogers County. (L to R): Gina Maute, RN, Enid Coffey, RN, Tess Carroll, Lead Nurse, RN, BSN, and Connie Cordray, RN, BSN.
The Children First program, along with the Rogers County Health Department, is now offering free childbirth classes. The classes are open to women expecting their first child and who are enrolled in the Children First Program.
Children First is a specialty program for first-time mothers in Rogers County. It has been in the area for over 10 years and has helped many first-time parents achieve the confidence, security and capabilities they need.
A certified childbirth instructor with 15 years of experience as a maternal child nurse is teaching the free classes. They meet the second and third Friday of alternating months. Classes cover subjects such as labor support, discomforts of pregnancy, understanding labor and delivery, caring for yourself postpartum, and caring for your newborn. During the second day of class, a certified CPR instructor will cover the basics of infant CPR and choking emergencies. Infant CPR is an important aspect of infant care and is critical to know in emergency situations.
Through the Children First program, parents receive brief health assessments, nutritional education, child growth and developmental evaluations, parenting and relationship information, and links to services such as child education specialists, audiologists, childcare, education and job training.
For your convenience, specially trained maternal child nurses will also come to your home and answer questions and provide information on many topics, including personal health, environmental health, pregnancy, fetal development and parenting skills. Their visit schedule can be tailored to meet your needs.
For more information, call the Rogers County Health Department at (918) 341-3166 and ask to speak with Tess, Enid, Gina or Connie about the Children First Program.
All of these services are offered free of charge through the Children First program and the Rogers County Health Department.