FMC gives new parents a head start with parenting classes

July 22, 2010

In the interest of providing excellent care, the Women and Infants’ Center of Flagstaff Medical Center is offering postpartum education classes to new mothers and fathers to provide important information before new babies and parents go home. The classes take place in the unit’s Family Education Room and introduce topics such as newborn screening, breastfeeding and breast care, immunizations, diet, activity restrictions, safe use of medications, emotional changes and prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Parents are given a free Arizona Parent Kit that includes informational DVDs to provide help with parenting and supporting healthy development of the child from birth to 5 years old. Breastfeeding bags also are provided free of charge and contain breastfeeding and baby care information and parenting resource materials.

The classes were developed and are taught by Obstetrics nurses from the unit. Practical experience allows the nurses to individualize and tailor each class to the needs of the parents in attendance. Instructor Lisa Nelson, R.N., said, “I just love the opportunity to instruct the new moms and dads. I enjoy teaching and consider it an honor to share information and tools that help make their transition to parenthood easier and more enjoyable.”

For more information about the programs and services offered through Flagstaff Medical Center’s Women and Infants’ Center, visit or call 928 773-2358.