Congratulations! Becoming a new parent can be very exciting. Many expectant families ponder the question, “How should I prepare for my baby?” As a nurse and childbirth educator, I say that one of the most important ways a family can prepare for a new baby is to educate themselves with evidence-based information.
Many of us turn to technology to answer these questions, but unfortunately it is very hard to distinguish evidence-based, accurate information. For your convenience, Beaumont’s Prenatal and Family Education Department offers classes and educational materials to get you prepared for your new baby with confidence. Research found that families who take education classes before the birth of their baby felt more confident with their base knowledge when taking their newborns home.
One important decision expectant families will make is about breastfeeding. This question can lead to a cascade of questions and the best way to get answers is to take a Preparing for Breastfeeding class. Led by a Beaumont nurse educator, this one-time, three-hour class will discuss topics like:
- What are the benefits for mom and baby?
- How does a mother’s body make breastmilk?
- How do I get the best start to breastfeeding?
- How do I position myself and my baby to breastfeed?
- What is all this talk about getting a “good” or “correct” latch?
- How can my partner be part of the breastfeeding experience?
- How do I know I am doing this right?
- How do we know our baby is getting what they need?
- How do we know when to ask for help?
- What can we expect with breastfeeding in the first few weeks after my baby’s birth?
The “Understanding Breastfeeding Book” you receive in class will give you access to app-based information to help you through your experience. This can be used to help navigate the early days home with your new baby.
– Maribeth Baker, RN HBCE LCCE, is a program coordinator with the Beaumont Community Health and Prenatal and Family Education department.