The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health offers Childbirth and Parent Education programs all year long in Easton. All classes are offered free of charge. All classes are held at UM Shore Regional Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center. For information about available sessions on gestational diabetes, offered twice monthly, call 410-822-1000 x5757. All other classes are as follows:
Labor & Delivery
Class description: overview of maternal reproductive health; preparing for and recognizing signs, symptoms and stages of labor; pain management options; labor induction; relaxation techniques for a positive birthing experience; tips for birthing partners; Cesarean delivery; postpartum care and recover; birthing center tour
Saturdays • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
March 7; April 4; May 2; June 6; July 11; August 8; September 5; October 3; November 7; and December 5
New Mom, New Baby: Safety & Infant CPR
Class description: Caring for baby (feeding, taking baby’s temperature, circumcision and cord care); caring for mom (postpartum care, dealing with emotions and stress, returning to work, birth control options); child safety (home childproofing, immunizations, car seat safety, infant security, poisoning prevention, when to call the pediatrician)
Saturdays • 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
February 15; April 11; June 13; August 22; October 10; and December 12
Saturdays • 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
April 11; May 16; July 18; September 19; and November 14
Class description: Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping; latch and positioning assistance; overcoming challenges; and maintaining milk supply
Big Brother & Big Sister
Saturdays • 10-11 a.m.
February 29; April 25; June 27; August 29; October 24; and December 19
Bring a doll or stuffed animal for practice. Designed for children ages three to eight. Children will learn how to adjust to new baby; care for baby; interact with baby; story time or video; tour of birthing center.
Breastfeeding Support Group
First & third Tuesday of month • 10-11:30 a.m.
Fifth floor meeting room
February 18; March 3 and 17; April 7 and 21; May 5 and 19; June 2 and 16; July 7 and 21; August 4 and 18; September 1 and 15; October 6 and 20; November 3 and 17; December 1 and 15
Call 410-822-1000 x5200 to register or visit UMShoreRegional.org/birthing for more information.