The post is brought to you in partnership with Inspira Health, but as usual, all opinions are my own!
I recently had a chance to interview Jessica Pizarro, who is an obstetrical nurse, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to ask some questions concerning mothers-to-be attending maternity classes.
Jessica serves patients as part of the mother/baby team (labor, delivery and postpartum) at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury.
The center will move to the new Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill , opening late this year.
She holds certifications in advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation as well as childbirth education. She’s just perfect to answer all the questions I had in mind!
Here they are:
For those who haven’t attended a maternity class, what can they expect?
Most of the moms have never been hospitalized. So they will get a lot of information, so they know what to expect as far as:
- how the labor progresses and what resources are available through the process;
- pain management;
- what their support people can do.
It also gives them information on some of the policies of the hospital:
- how many support people can you bring with you.
- how many days can you stay?
Other reasons to take a class and maternity tour:
- It helps make it easy on the anxiety, just by knowing what to expect.
- You learn when should you come to the hospital and call the doctor.
- Talk about and see the triage room and what to expect there.
- Partners support person is encouraged to attend. They see videos and learn ways they can get involved supporting their partner through labor.
- See videos about natural deliveries and C-sections.
- Exercises are done as a part of the class as well!
When is the best time to attend classes, how early?
In the second trimester, probably around 25 -32 weeks, but we had people at 39 weeks as well!
What are the most important takeaway mothers-to-be will learn from attending a course?
Different relaxation techniques: breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation
Pain management options.
Different techniques and interventions that doctors and midwives may use during labor and delivery, including wireless monitoring, or using a yoga ball for positioning.
They talk about C-Sections because the goal is to have a healthy mom and healthy baby. What happens in the OR, recovery process which is different and they also show a short video as well.
Additionally, the class includes a Tour of the unit to make them more comfortable.
How long is the class?
Saturdays (1-day class) 9 AM-3PM
Series: Tuesday nights (3 weeks) from 7-9 PM
Most compelling reasons why moms-to-be should sign up for maternity classes and tours:
- Discuss labor/pain management
- warning signs
- Breast feeding/postpartum and newborn care
- Visit the unit
Unit is moving to Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill
Inspira Mullica Hill Sneak Peek Event
You can see the new hospital at a community sneak peek event on Saturday, November 9 from 10 to 3 p.m. There will be fun activities including a Mummer performance at noon plus health information and screenings. https://portal.inspirahealthnetwork.org/classes/detail/b447a737-3df4-e911-a813-000d3a1b1a80
Each room is very bright with large windows, they have a couch for the support person, a bathtub, Get Well network with teaching videos, Netflix.
Other Classes are offered such as:
Inspira’s new hospital in Mullica Hill will open to the public later this year.
What questions do/did you have when you are/were pregnant?
Can’t wait to hear what you think!
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