Expecting? Texas Health Hospital Rockwall now offers virtual community education classes

ROCKWALL, TX (July 17, 2020) From childbirth and breastfeeding classes to babysitting courses and support groups for bariatric patients, Texas Health Hospital Rockwall routinely offers a variety of community education classes and events. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital is now offering the same quality instruction in online format, allowing participants to learn from the comfort and safety of their home.

Stork Navigator VIRTUAL 

Expectant parents may participate in the hospital’s FREE Stork Navigator online class, set for 6 p.m. Monday, July 27. Staff will share information on the admission process, how to prepare for your hospital visit, pain control options, visitation guidelines and baby safety. Due the virtual nature of the class, there is currently not an onsite tour option; however participants will get a glimpse inside. Your spouse or support person can “attend” online class with you.

“I’m excited to be able to offer this class! Childbirth can be an unpredictable event, so having the opportunity to learn about what to expect, ask questions, and find a bit of community with other expecting families is incredibly valuable,” said Kristy Gregory, RNC-OB, Maternal Child Services Clinical Nurse Manager, who leads the class.  “We discuss topics like where to enter the building, how to fill out the birth certificate, and what food options are available, as well as some more significant topics like the types of pain management we provide, newborn care, and how to prepare for discharge.”

Kristy Gregory, RNC-OB, Maternal Child Services Clinical Nurse Manager

Kristy added, “With the ability to share this information virtually, I am hoping to reach even more families that may not have felt comfortable, or had the time or resources to come to the hospital for class in person.  Whether it is your first or fourth delivery, every mom has to face some unknown challenges.  Being able to shine some light on a few of those topics allows me to give power and confidence back to the moms and families that are preparing to deliver with us, and that, for me, is truly rewarding!”

The Stork Navigator class is intended for expectant parents planning a delivery at Texas Health Rockwall; however, all are welcome. Another Stork Navigator Class is scheduled for 6 p.m. August 10. To register, please call 469-698-1301 and leave a message with your name, phone number and which class you are interested in.  You will be contacted by one a department team member to confirm.

Prepared Childbirth Class VIRTUAL 

A Virtual Prepared Childbirth Class is planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 22 for those planning to deliver at Texas Health Hospital Rockwall.  Should conditions change relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Health Rockwall may offer a seated version as well.

This comprehensive, interactive and informative class is designed to help expectant parents become prepared and educated for the childbirth experience. Participants will learn about signs of labor, what to expect during labor and birth, preparing for a newborn, and more. The cost is $50 per couple.

To register, call 469-698-1301 and leave a message with your name, phone number and which class you are interested in. You will be contacted by a  department team member to confirm your attendance.

Breastfeeding 101 

Are you an expectant mom feeling overwhelmed at the thought of trying to breastfeed? Texas Health Rockwall’s Breastfeeding 101 Class teaches breastfeeding basics, as well as challenges you might encounter. Certified lactation consultants cover what to expect, latching, positioning and possible roadblocks to successful breastfeeding. The cost is $25.

The next class is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12; the class may be virtual or in-person as conditions warrant. Those interested may call 469-698-1301 and leave a message with your name, phone number and which class you are interested in.  Someone will contact you to confirm.

Additional classes are added regularly; be sure to follow Texas Health Rockwall’s facebook page or check their website for updates.

By Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News. 

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