For Immediate Release:
September 17. 2013
Southcoast Maternity Services now offering an Early Pregnancy Education Initiative in Wareham
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Southcoast® Health System's Maternity Services now offers an Early Pregnancy Education Initiative to women who are planning to become pregnant or are early on in their pregnancy. The new program will help women lay the foundation for a healthy pregnancy, birth and post-partum experience.
The free monthly gathering is led by a registered nurse from Tobey Hospital with more than 20 years of experience in maternity, labor and delivery, and mothering. The class will cover topics such as:
- Nutrition and exercise, including weight gain and hydration.
- Birth planning and birth options.
- Substance use such as smoking, alcohol and medications.
- Risks including high blood pressure and gestational diabetes.
- Lifestyle changes including balancing work or school and adjusting to changes in a mother's body.
- Breastfeeding and deciding if it's the right choice for mother and baby.
The program was designed to offer education in a non-judgmental, supportive environment to maximize a mother's experience with her pregnancy. Early pregnancy education is key to promoting health and wellness for mom and baby. In addition, providing education on the importance of nutrition and exercise beginning in the first trimester will enable mothers to make informed choices.
This program is made possible through a grant received by the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund. The monthly evening meetings will begin in October and will take place at Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook, 100 Rosebrook Way in Wareham. Healthy snacks and a free book will be provided to each participant. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 508-273-4151.