LifeFit Baby University South Carolina: Parent Education, Pregnancy Support | Beaufort Memorial Hospital, SC 29902

LifeFit Baby University

Building Skills for Parents-to-Be and New Parents

LifeFit’s Baby University can answer your questions and prepare you for the challenges you’ll face before and after your baby arrives. We recommend attending classes between the seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.

THE GIFT OF MOTHERHOOD

Three classes: Prepared Childbirth, Learning About Your Newborn, Breastfeeding
An instructor-led course that is designed to guide you and give you the knowledge you need as you begin labor at home, progress to a hospital setting, and finally return home with your new baby as a family.

GIFT OF MOTHERHOOD CLASS 1: Designed to help you create a realistic and comprehensive birth plan based on your own preferences. Natural childbirth methods, stages of labor and what to expect in the hospital labor room will be explored as well as use of pain management techniques and how your birth partner can help support you in labor. Offered the first Wednesday of each month.
GIFT OF MOTHERHOOD CLASS 2: Learn how to care for your new baby and yourself in the first hours and weeks after birth; includes the opportunity to talk with a local pediatrician. This class will help to ease your transition from hospital to home as a family. Dad's role in this important time is also explored. Offered the second Wednesday of each month.
GIFT OF MOTHERHOOD CLASS 3: How you choose to feed your baby is a major decision! This class will help you to plan and implement the nourishment of your child from birth on. Breastfeeding is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Beginning your breastfeeding experience well and learning how your body works with your growing baby and what to expect in the first weeks and months will take much of the guess-work and anxiety out of this important choice. Offered the third Wednesday of each month.
When: First three Wednesdays of each month, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Beaufort Medical Plaza, 3rd floor classroom (350-C), 989 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
Cost: $60/couple; $25/couple for one class only
Information: Pre-registration required. There must be a minimum of five couples registered for course to take place. To register, call 43-522-5570 or visit www.bmhsc.org.

BREASTFEEDING

Beaufort Memorial has a team of experienced postpartum nurses, lactation specialists and parent educators to assist you throughout your hospital stay. Breastfeeding help is available after your discharge as well. Please talk with your nurse before you leave the hospital or call 843-522-5115. Breastfeeding instruction is offered in Class 3 of The Gift of Motherhood course (see details above). Cost for this class only is $25/couple.

Good to know: Under the federal Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, breastfeeding support, counseling and supplies such as breast pumps are eligible for insurance coverage. Each insurance plan determines the extent of its coverage for these services and supplies. To learn what your insurance will cover, call the customer-service telephone number on the back of your insurance card. 

BIRTHING CENTER TOURS

Tours of the BMH Birthing Center are offered to parents-to-be; they do not require pre-registration. Please note that children under the age of 14 may not participate in tours.
When: First and third Mondays of every month, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: BMH Birthing Center, 955 Ribaut Road, Beaufort; report to reception desk in lobby.
Cost: FREE 

ONLINE CLASSES

You can’t Google your way through delivery, but you can learn a lot about labor and birth online. If attending classes in person is not possible for you, visit http://pregnancy.about.com/od/childbirtheduc/a/cbeclass.htm. It’s FREE and provides useful information for parents-to-be. 

TEXT MESSAGES ON PREGNANCY AND BABY CARE

Like to communicate by text? Sign up for www.text4baby.org or www.text4baby.org/index.php/en-espanol. This website provides FREE and timely health and safety tips by text message. Expect three text messages per week throughout your pregnancy and through your baby’s first year. You can also text “BABY” to 511411 to get FREE messages. 

HUG YOUR BABY: THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF THE NEWBORN

We know you want to be a good parent—but sometimes you need a little help! Taught by a family nurse practitioner and certified HUG Your Baby trainer, this course helps expectant parents to prevent and solve eating, sleeping, crying and getting-acquainted problems common to newborns.
When: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Beaufort Medical Plaza, 3rd floor classroom (350-C), 989 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
Cost: $10, payable to the instructor in the form of cash or check upon attendance
Information: Pre-registration required. To register, call 843-522-5570. 

STORK’S NEST

Offered by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and March of Dimes, this FREE incentive program encourages women to receive appropriate prenatal care and childbirth education. Here’s how it works: When you get care and education, you earn points to spend like cash on items such as diapers, baby clothes and breastfeeding supplies at “nests” throughout the Lowcountry on specified dates. Pick up a Stork’s Nest registration card at your doctor’s office or call 843-522-5570 to have a card mailed to you. 

CAR-SEAT FITTING STATIONS

At car-seat fitting stations, certified child passenger safety technicians will show you the correct way to install your child seat, provide safety recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. Don’t take a chance—have your child’s safety seat inspected! Call certified technicians Alice or Jenny at 843-524-5455 or EMS at 843-255-5368 for a FREE appointment. 

KIDS’ CAR SAFETY 101

This FREE instructor-led class will help you prepare your house and car for your baby’s arrival. Classes are held quarterly. Call Alice or Jenny at 843-524-5455 for more information and dates. 

QUALITY CHILD CARE FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Offered quarterly, this FREE class will help moms and dads learn what to look for when considering child care for their infant or toddler. Parents may attend this class before or after a child’s birth. Pre-registration required.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Where: Beaufort Medical Plaza, 3rd floor classroom (350-C), 989 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
Information: Pre-registration required. To register, call 843-522-5570. 

INFANT CPR

The American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime® personal learning program offers instruction in relieving a choking infant and performing infant CPR to anyone who does not need a course completion card. Call 1-800-233-1230 or visit www.cpranytime.org to order a kit. If you need infant, child and adult CPR certification, call or e-mail Janice Merritt, Beaufort Memorial’s BLS/CPR instructor, at 843-522-5745 or ejmerritt@bmhsc.org.

All of the programs above qualify for Stork’s Nest points. Be sure to have your provider/instructor sign your Stork’s Nest card.



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