Shannon Babies Education Program and Classes
Many changes are occurring as you wait for your new arrival, which is why Shannon has designed programs and classes to help you and your family prepare for this joyous occasion. Education is an integral part of our family-centered maternity care. We want to include parents, brothers, sisters, special partners and other significant individuals to the family group. We know you are busy, so to best meet your needs we offer classes both at the hospital and online.
In addition to the scheduled classes, in-hospital education services include:
- Ongoing consultation with our Shannon Babies educator throughout your pregnancy, birth and your baby’s first year.
- One-on-one parenting and baby care instruction from your nurse
- A certified lactation specialist specially trained to assist the breastfeeding while in the hospital and after you go home
- Newborn channel – education channel that provides programs on baby care and postpartum topics 24 hours a day
- Printed educational materials to read during your stay and to take home
Every expectant mother in the Concho Valley is invited to make an appointment for a free consultation with our Shannon Babies educator, a specially trained registered nurse who will answer your questions about pregnancy and childbirth. During your consultation, you will receive a guided tour of our Family Birth Center to include our beautiful labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) suites designed with your family in mind.
Call (325) 481-6332 for a free consultation with our Shannon Babies educator.
Shannon Medical Center provides lactation consultation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The consultants receive special training in the area of breastfeeding and all are certified by the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Q) Is it normal for breastfeeding to hurt?
Slight sensitivity with initial latch is normal but discomfort should completely subside after 15-30 seconds of nursing. After that amount of time you should feel no pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing pain, check the infant’s mouth for flanged lips and that most of the areola is in the infant’s mouth.
Q) How do I know if my baby is getting anything or enough to eat?
We watch for the number of wet and dirty diapers, as well as monitoring the infant’s weight to ensure your baby is eating enough. Most infants will lose some weight in the first few days, then begin to gain weight, returning to birth weight by two weeks of age.
Q) What is considered a “normal” number of minutes for an infant to remain at each breast?
Feeding times vary greatly from baby to baby. The best way to ensure your infant is receiving the right amount of fore milk and hind milk, and empties your breasts adequately is to: latch infant to right breast and allow infant to nurse until they fall off or goes to sleep with no continued nursing with stimulation. Then, burp the infant and offer the left breast. The infant may feed less to this side or refuse all together. With the next feeding begin with the left breast. (If your left breast feels full or is uncomfortable you may want to pump for comfort and store the milk.)
Q) Do breastfed infants need to be burped?
Yes! Most breastfed infants have less gas because there is no air inside the breast for them to swallow. However, your infant can swallow air with latching attempts, during crying spells or just with general swallowing while not at the breast. Burping your baby before, during and after a feeding is always a good idea.
For more information about lactation consultant services, please call (325) 481-6326. Visit www.shannonhealth.com for answers to frequently asked breastfeeding questions.
Shannon’s Birth Planner, Kristy Holtz, is here to assist you throughout your pregnancy journey—from your first visit to postpartum care. She is available to help you with:
-Finding an OB provider and/or a Pediatrician
-Signing up for Building Blocks childbirth classes
-Billing and insurance questions
-Locating pregnancy resources in our community
For questions, more information, or to schedule an appointment with Kristy, call 325-481-2359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.