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Pointers, Programs and Packages for New Parents

Pre-Registration—You should pre-register for hospital services as soon as possible, preferably no later than your sixth month of pregnancy. This allows us ample time to complete the pre-certification process required by most insurance companies. Please keep in mind that you are ultimately responsible for ensuring everything is completed appropriately. We suggest you review your insurance policy regarding maternity and newborn coverage early in pregnancy and again at renewal time or if your insurance changes in any way. Our pre-registration clerks will be happy to assist you if you have any questions.

The course is also offered as a one-day Saturday class and includes a Childbirth Class, a Breastfeeding Class, a Baby Care Class, and a Baby Safety/Infant CPR class.

Birthing Class—This course covers all aspects of pregnancy including prenatal care, diet, exercise, maternal and fetal development, preparation for the hospital, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, and postpartum and baby care.

A Baby Care Class—This class covers everything new parents need to know when bringing their baby home. We will cover bathing, diapering, cord and circumcision care, safety tips, baby gear and equipment, infant car seats, and new parent survival tips. We will also give details regarding infant sleep states and sleeping behaviors of the newborn.

Breastfeeding Class—For mothers who are considering breastfeeding their newborns, this concise one-hour class provides insight into the techniques and benefits of breastfeeding.

Infant CPR—This is a basic course to help parents and grandparents with the skills needed to perform essential lifesaving techniques until emergency help arrives. This is not a certification course.

Lagniappe—As a little something extra, Garden Park Medical Center provides each mother with the following, at no additional cost. This is our way of saying thank you for allowing us to be a part of this very special event.

  • One complimentary guest tray for Dad
  • A fresh fruit basket
  • “New Mom’s Handbook”
  • Steak dinner for two

Garden Park Medical Center reserves the right to substitute items.

Additional Resources

  • Pre-registration packet
  • Childbirth classes
  • Pregnancy and Birthing Center of Excellence