Lac Ste. Anne Bulletin July 3, 2017 - Page 17

The Benefits of Prenatal Classes Tina Sawchuk, RN BScN, IBCLC Public Health Alberta Health Services Having a baby is a very exciting time, but expectant mothers may also experience some anxiety or fear. Prenatal classes are one of the best ways to prepare for your baby’s birth and can help pregnant women feel more empowered. Knowing what to expect can also decrease fear and lead to a more positive birth experience. Current, evidence-based information can also help expectant women make informed choices about care. Expectant women are encouraged to bring a partner or support person to the classes, who can learn a lot of helpful information. Prenatal classes also give the opportunity for questions & answers related to labor, birth and the newborn. Labor & Birth Topics - comfort measures for labor - relaxation and breathing techniques - role of support person - pain management options - possible medical interventions - caesarean birth Other Topics - importance of skin to skin contact between mother and baby after birth - newborn appearance and behavior - breastfeeding - baby care & safety - postpartum adjustments - postpartum depression - immunizations - community supports & resources Meeting other expectant couples is another benefit of prenatal classes. It is an opportunity to meet other expectant couples who share the same expectations and concerns. Parents can even connect after the birth of the babies to socialize. Call Health Link Alberta at 811 for more information about online pre- natal classes or in-person prenatal classes in your area. There may be classes for special groups, such as teens, parents having more than one baby and parents who speak English as a second language. THE Lac Ste. Anne BULLETIN • Monday, July 3, 2017 • Page 17 DARWELL PUBLIC LIBRARY READ * DISCOVER * CONNECT JULY 2017 PROGRAMS Used Book Sales Every Tuesday Afternoon 1 - 4 PM In the green shed behind the Library Take what you want leave a donation of your choosing July 3 Library Closed – Canada Day Happy 150th July 20 Week 1 Summer Reading Program Launch 1 - 3 PM A Royal Canadian Moose Party! At the Darwell Centennial Hall Thursday July 20 2:00 PM Free Admission, Everyone Welcome! July 20 Darwell Library Friends Meeting Everyone is welcome! 7 PM July 27 Week 2 Make a Kaleidoscope Summer Reading Program ages 6-13 1 - 3 PM July 28 Family Movie Night Lake Isle Hall “G” rated “Smurf’s the Lost Village” 7 PM Admission $2.50 concession available. Pre-registration is required for the Book Club, Tai Chi and the Summer Reading Program. To obtain further information and to register, please contact the library at 780-892-3746. All of our programs are sponsored by the Darwell Library Friends Society, Darwell Public Library, FCSS, and the CLSA Library Grant Hours of Operation Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: Wednesday and Friday: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays Contact Information: Ph: 780-892-3746 Fax: 780-892-3743 Email: Website: Facebook: