A Great Start
The Gibson Area Hospital Obstetrics Department offers a wide range of family education programs that are offered to help you and your family prepare for your baby’s arrival, including:
Childbirth Education Class
This interactive class will assist expectant mothers and their coaches to prepare for the birth of their child. Topics covered, but not limited to include, what to expect during your hospital stay, caring for your new baby, care of the mother before, during and after delivery, the need for increased communication between mother and coach, explaining the different pain control options, and nutrition options for your infant . You will also go on a tour of the OB department so you become familiar with the surroundings before you come to deliver. The class is offered every other month beginning in January and meets on Wednesday nights for four evenings. The hours are from 7pm-9pm at the Gibson Area Hospital. There is no fee for mothers who will be delivering at G.A.H. The cost for mothers not delivering at G.A.H is $50.00. The class in instructed by a Certified Childbirth Educator. For more information contact Aimee Johnson 217-784-2510
Upcoming Schedule for childbirth classes in 2013:
Contact Aimee Johnson for dates and times. 217-784-2510
Safe Sitter Classes
Safe Sitter® teaches adolescent babysitters how to handle crises, how to keep their charges secure, and how to nurture and guide a young child. In short, Safe Sitter® babysitters help children stay safe and sound while their parents are away. In the process, these 11- to 13-year-olds emerge as more confident, responsible and compassionate teens and adults. Their instructors thrive on making a difference in the lives of these adolescents and the children in their care. And their sponsoring Safe Sitter® site enjoys the benefits of developing a positive relationship with its community's youth and families. For more information contact Karen Stevenson - 217-784-2510
The next Safe Sitter classes will be held in the summer of 2013.
June 13 & 14, 9am-4pm
July 11 & 12, 9am-4pm
August 8 & 9, 9a,-4pm
Healthy Steps for Teen Parents
Gibson Area Hospital Obstetrics Department is offering a new course for young parents ages 15-21 years. Healthy Steps for Teen Parents is an award winning program that delivers direct, honest, and encouraging information on the entire pregnancy, birthing, and parenting experience. This course is designed to help teens successfully meet the challenges of being young parents. New mothers are encouraged to register for this course by contacting the Gibson Area Hospital OB Department at 217-784-2510 or sign up through the Baby Central Webpage at the Gibson Area Hospital website www.gibsonhospital.org . The course is free to those parents delivering at Gibson Area Hospital. Mothers delivering at other facilities are welcome to attend the course for a small $25 fee.
Classes are held every 2 months throughout the year. Class times are flexible to meet the needs of participants. For dates or more information, please contact Karen Stevenson - 217-784-2510.