Education series available for expectant parents
By Steve Pivnick, 81st Medical Group Public Affairs
/ Published March 28, 2007
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- A new childbirth education series is now available to first-time parents-to-be at Keesler Medical Center.
Capt. Melony Valencia, 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron and a staff nurse in the medical center's new family birthing center, is teaching classes in the six-week-long program. The free classes are held Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the women's health clinic.
"The first four weeks cover labor and birth, the fifth week covers post-partum and infant care and the sixth week is a breastfeeding class," Captain Valencia explained. "It's a very hands-on approach to childbirth. We teach a Lamaze-based approach to childbirth since I am the primary instructor and a certified Lamaze childbirth provider."
All military members -- active, retired and dependents -- are eligible. The current series began March 13 and the next starts May 1. A sign-up sheet is located in the women's health clinic. Classes are limited to 12 couples.