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Classes for Families & Children

Body Beautiful I Class: Puberty

This class is designed for girls (grades 4-5) and a parent/guardian to discuss the physical and emotional changes that occur in adolescent girls.

Body Beautiful II: Self-Esteem

This class is designed for girls (grades 6-9) and is geared to boosting self-esteem, dealing with emotions, and teaching young ladies how to resist peer pressure.

Car Seat Safety Checks

Certified child passenger safety technicians are available by appointment to install child passenger safety seats and boosters. They will also provide instruction on how to properly install the seat to ensure the safe transport of children of all ages. Contact the North Oaks Scheduling Department at (985) 230-7777 to make a free appointment with a technician.

Prenatal Class: Breastfeeding

This is a free class for parents who may be considering breastfeeding or who have already decided to breastfeed their baby. Topics include positioning the baby properly, nutrition, pumping and storing breastmilk and the benefits of breastfeeding. Spouses or other support persons are encouraged to attend. Classes are scheduled bimonthly and are best taken during the third trimester of your pregnancy.

Prenatal Class: Coping Techniques

This class focuses on the many techniques available to help you through labor and childbirth, such as imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, massage, various breathing techniques and position changes during labor.

Prenatal Class: Families under Construction

This class focuses on preparing your home and vehicle for the arrival of your newborn. We will discuss the physical and emotional changes you may experience, and specific third trimester concerns. Other topics include hospital procedures, pre-term labor, signs of “true” and “false” labor and when to come to the hospital.

Prenatal Class: Infant and Child CPR

This class is offered for all parents and families who are interested in learning adult, child and infant CPR. You will learn how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SUID) and prevent common injuries and choking in infants and children. You will also learn to recognize the signs of life-threatening emergencies in infants and children, perform American Heart Association’s CPR, and relieve foreign-body airway obstruction in infants and children. The cost of the 2-hour class is $5 per family.

Prenatal Class: Labor and Delivery

This class is designed to help you decrease any anxiety associated with labor and delivery, which many expectant parents may experience. Topics include options for pain relief during childbirth, the four stages of labor and delivery and vaginal as well as cesarean births. Birth films are viewed. Also discussed are the benefit of skin to skin contact and the importance of mother/baby bonding immediately after delivery.

Prenatal Class: Your Beautiful Baby

Caring for a newborn can be both exciting and exhausting! This class focuses on your postpartum recovery period and testing for newborns. Hands-on demonstrations of diapering and holding babies are paired with discussion of other infant care issues, including crying and colic, infant massage, illness and physician visits. Also discussed is postpartum depression and when to call your doctor after delivery. A tour of Women and Children’s Services at North Oaks Medical Center concludes the class.

Something for Siblings Class

This is a free class for families expecting new babies. You are encouraged to register older children (ages 3-10) for this class 1 to 2 months prior to your baby’s arrival. Children will hear a story, view a film about siblings and discuss the feelings they may experience. Hands-on practice feeding and diapering of a doll make this class a lot of fun for older brothers- and sisters-to-be!

Super Sitter

This class explores the responsibilities involved in babysitting, including basic first aid techniques, abdominal thrust and CPR for children and infants.

All classes are held in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located within North Oaks Diagnostic Center, at 15837 Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond.

To register for all classes please call the North Oaks Scheduling Department at (985) 230-7777.