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.

» Classes 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.

Breast Feeding

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.

» View our Breastfeeding Flipbook

Breastfeeding FAQ

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.

Birth Planner

Shannon’s Birth Planner 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
  • Registration questions
  • Billing and insurance questions
  • Locating pregnancy resources in our community

For questions, more information, or to schedule an appointment with our Birth Planner, call 325-481-2359 or email

» MyBirthPlan

» Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy

» Over-the-Counter Medications During Breastfeeding

Security Policy for Shannon Women’s & Children’s Hospital

At Shannon, the safety of each of our patients is extremely important, from the newest arrivals, the children on our pediatrics unit, to the women we care for. We want you to rest and recover in an environment you can trust is safe and secure.

General visiting hours for the hospital are from 9 am to 9 pm, but we realize visitors may come to visit outside those hours. You may welcome visitors as you see fit.

To ensure the safety of your newborn, your child and yourself, the following security measures will be in place during your hospital stay:

  • Each of the units in the Shannon Women’s & Children’s Hospital will be locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The main entrances of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital will lock down from 10 pm to 5 am seven days a week.
  • Each family will receive the opportunity to have two family members banded with identification bracelets for security purposes. These arm bands allow access to the building and the Pediatrics, Labor & Delivery, and Women’s Health/Mother-Baby units. The family members wearing the arm bands can escort their visitors to and from the unit as needed.
  • We encourage you to inform your potential visitors to contact you before they plan to visit so you can expect their arrival.
  • Visitors will have access to the lobby and waiting rooms on each floor. There is a phone available on the first floor near the vending area if an unexpected visitor needs to call and ask about visiting you or your family.
  • Our infant security system will continue to be utilized to further monitor newborns and infants in the building.