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Classes Help New Moms Tackle Challenges of Motherhood

August 09, 2011

Moms Need Support, Too!

New mom Laura Mojica got lucky. Her daughter Raeya, who was born at Washington Hospital on Feb. 22, began sleeping for stretches of eight or nine hours at a time when she was only 2 months old.

Laura also didn’t have any problems breastfeeding after taking just a single class through Washington Hospital’s Maternal/Child Education Department. But she says she knew it was better to be prepared than not to, so she sought out as many classes as possible through the course of her pregnancy and after.

“I did the Becoming New Parents class, the Prenatal Breastfeeding class and the Prepared Childbirth classes,” she says. “The new parent class was really helpful. This is my first baby, and it’s completely different experience when you’re with a newborn for the first time.”

Plus, the Prepared Childbirth class gave her a distinct advantage when it really counted.

“The breathing techniques I learned were the only way I was able avoid medications in the delivery room; learning those were the only way I got through,” she says.

The department’s programs also have helped her since her daughter was born.

“I go to the Baby ‘n’ Me group both days every week,” she says. “It has been a very good thing to get out of the house and have other moms to relate to because they have similar issues.

“And I’ve made new friends that have babies. I only had one friend with a baby; all my other friends don’t have babies yet. Our group does walks around Newark Lake, and I’m going to try to Lake Elizabeth group, too.”

While Laura didn’t have trouble with breastfeeding her daughter, she’s aware that not all new moms are so lucky.

“The breastfeeding class is really good to go to,” she says. “I read as much as I could beforehand and tried to be as prepared as I possibly could, but a lot of people don’t realize that breastfeeding can be a difficult thing.

“I bought my breast pump at the center, and they showed me how to use it and said if I have any questions I could just call. One of the reasons I bought from them is that the money goes back into the free latch clinics and low cost private sessions to help women with breastfeeding problems.”

In the future, Laura says she plans to try other childbirth and parenting classes, starting with Infant Massage.

“I’m definitely going to do the massage class, because it’s supposed to help with sleeping and digestion,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to that one.”

For now, she says Baby ‘n’ Me has done wonders to keep her connected with other new moms going through similar challenges.

“Baby ‘n’ Me is just really good when you’re sitting at home all by yourself and you’re not sleeping and you need people to relate to,” she says. “Just getting out of the house makes a huge difference instead of being stuck inside all day.”

 

Childbirth and Parenting Classes for Your Lifestyle 

For more information about Childbirth and Parenting classes, dates and locations, please visit www.whhs.com/childbirth-classes or call (510) 791-3423.

 

  • Prenatal Exercise: An exercise program using stretching, low impact cardio exercise, mild resistive exercise, yoga and relaxation to promote flexibility, strength, improve posture and balance during pregnancy. Call for schedule. (Fee: $60)
  •  Infant Massage: Our hands-on method insures that you will learn the art of massage to suit your baby’s schedule, needs and developmental level. This four-week class focuses on babies from birth to pre-crawling. (Fee: $65)
  •  Free Baby ‘n’ Me Support Group: Trading tips and trials in this relaxed support group is an excellent way to enhance your transition into parenthood. Free. When: Classes held on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Location: 2299 Mowry Ave., Suite 2C, Fremont, or 39141 Civic Center Drive, Suite 335, Fremont