BMH offers family classes

The Blount Memorial Family Birthing Center will offer a variety of programs and services for the whole family -- parents, parents-to-be, caregivers and siblings – in August.

Mothers less than six months pregnant along with their support partners are invited to participate in the “Early Pregnancy and Introduction to the Family Birthing Center Tour” on Thursday, Aug. 14 from noon -1 p.m. at Blount Memorial. There will be a question-and-answer session, and a light lunch will be served. Participants should pre-register by 10 a.m. the day of the program.

In addition, a free “Family Birthing Center Tour” will take place on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 10-11 a.m. Participants should meet in the Family Birthing Center waiting room.

Expectant mothers and their support partners also are invited to attend the “Prepared Childbirth Series” (Lamaze), which will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 in the Family Birthing Center classroom at Blount Memorial. Cost is $65 per couple.

For moms who have decided to breastfeed, the “Breastfeeding Friendship Network” will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. for conversation and lunch in the Family Birthing Center classroom at Blount Memorial. Cost is $5, and participants should pre-register by 10 a.m. the day of the luncheon.

“Mother Goose,” an interactive playgroup for caregivers and infants up to 3 years old, meets from 10-11 a.m. for kids ages 18 months to 3 years old, and from 11 a.m. to noon for babies who are 6 weeks to 18 months old, on Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Family Birthing Center classroom at Blount Memorial.

The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook offers a “Prenatal/Postnatal Exercise Class” for new mothers, which includes group exercise and water aerobics. Participants can begin the program anytime, and should call 865-980-7110 to register. Cost is $8 per class or $48 per month, and these fees include access to the entire facility.

A “Breastfeeding Class” will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The class provides an overview of the physiology of breastfeeding and benefits to infant and mother. It also provides information about specific techniques for the initiation of breastfeeding and adjustments of mother and baby in the early postpartum period. Cost is $25 per person.

The “First Aid Class” will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. It is for those wanting to learn first aid basics for children and who do not need a course completion card. Class size is limited, and cost is $20 per person. For more information about the classes or to register, call 865-981-3983.

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