Preparation for Parenthood
Bringing home your new baby can also bring on a lot of questions and concerns. We firmly believe that education and information is the key to making the transition to parenthood as smooth as possible. There will be difficult days and sleepless nights, but with a little knowledge, you can spend more time focusing on the joy of the experience and less on worrying.
Pre-Admission for Expectant Moms
Women who are at least 32 weeks pregnant can call Central Scheduling at (405) 742-5622 to schedule their Pre-Admission Appointment. Central Scheduling will make an appointment for you to meet with staff on the Maternal Child Health Unit (MCHU) during your 36th or 37th week. During your appointment, a MCHU nurse will complete part of your assessment, consents will be signed, and unit policies including infant security will be addressed, eliminating the need to go through this process when you are ready to deliver. You will be provided with information about labor and delivery, mother/baby care and follow-up care that is available. You will also be given a tour of MCHU. Please check in at Registration 15 minutes before your appointment (please bring your Insurance/Medical cards with you). The pre-admission appointment will take approximately one hour.
Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, and Breathing & Relaxation
This four-part program is taught by registered nurses for first-birth families or experienced families who want more in-depth information than the refresher program. You will learn about the labor and delivery process, various relaxation and breathing techniques, anesthesia choices, cesarean births and newborn care with discussions including baby care basics such as feeding, diapering and bathing your baby as well as the physical appearance of newborns and practical tips for parents. This program may be attended anytime during pregnancy.
First, second, third and fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
SMC West Conference Room
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or a Certified Breastfeeding Educator will teach you the "hows" and "whys" of breastfeeding. You’ll learn about the anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding and how to recognize and prevent potential difficulties. The benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby will also be discussed along with tips on breast pumps, storage of milk and breastfeeding as a working mom. Also, dads are strongly encouraged to attend. This program is designed to be taken during the last two months of pregnancy.
Classes are at 6 p.m. and cost $20
This class is recommended for siblings three years old and up. The children will practice holding a life-like doll, watch a video about what to expect with a new baby in the family, and tour the hospital to see where mom and baby will be staying.
Classes are at 6 p.m. and are free of charge
SMC West Conference Room
Register for a Program Today
To register for a program or inquire about new program offerings or scheduled dates, call Women’s Resources: (405) 742-5738.
Please register early. Payment for classes can be made by using a cash or check. If you prefer, you may wait to pay at the first class session. Service is complementary to Sooner Care patients. Copy about financial assistance is offered.