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Parenting & Pregnancy: Birth classes help soon-to-be parents prepare for baby

The arrival of a baby is a big change in life.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 9:57 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The arrival of a baby is a big change in life. To prepare, Women's Care offers a variety of classes to help parents-to-be.

Soon-to-be parents will learn about the stages of labor and what to expect when they arrive at the hospital.

Registered nurse Arvilla Hayden provides answers to any questions expecting parents may have.

“For other people it's just being total unaware of where to go when they get to the hospital. Do I call the call the hospital first? Do I call the office before I go to the hospital? Will my doctor be the one that is there? Will I see a different doctor? Those are the main concerns people get. Like what happens when I show up there?” said Hayden.

Hayden not only helps expecting parents prepare for the hospital but also explains when it’s time to head to the hospital.

“So, it's what we call the 5-1-1 rule. So, if you're starting to have contractions that aren't really going away, you probably want to start timing them. If the start getting around 5 minutes apart or less, they are lasting for at least a minute long, and you've been maintaining that pattern for about an hour. That's when you may be in early labor and we say you may want to go to the hospital for a labor check,” Hayden said.

Expecting parents may also want to head to the hospital if the mom to be has a gush of fluid or is bleeding, the baby is not moving normally or at all, or mom shows signs of elevated blood pressure, like swelling or a headache, which may be a sign of preeclampsia.

Women’s Care also provide classes on breastfeeding and newborn care. For more information on the different classes and how to sign up, click here.

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