Childbirth class prepares families for delivery experience

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The childbirth education class, coming up this weekend, educates new and veteran expectant mothers about their childbirth experience, said registered nurse Charlyn Chavez.

The class helps couples learn about new medications, how to overcome their fears, true versus false labors, body changes, what to expect during delivery, labor options and the signs of labor.

She will also give participants a tour of the hospital and introduce them to other nurses.

The class will also offer some breathing and relaxation techniques, she said. The class allows couples to receive the highest quality care in a safe environment. The cost is $10 per couple and will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 9.

"The class is to make them feel comfortable, safe and at ease," Chavez said. "It is a wonderful experience."

Husbands and grandmothers are also welcome to participate in the class with the expectant mothers.

Chavez said couples should wear comfortable clothing, bring one blanket or a beach towel and two pillows. The class has been going on for over a year, and the number of couples who have participated in previous classes varied from one to six couples, Chavez said. For the class that takes place on Feb. 9, five couples have signed up.

As the only nurse teaching the class in Socorro, Chavez received positive feedback from couples who were in her previous classes.

"I love educating the couples about labor and the miracle of life and what to expect, and make it a more relaxing environment for them," Chavez said.

Women who participate in the class can attend early or late within their pregnancy.

The childbirth education class is offered every three months at the Socorro General Hospital cafeteria. The future goal for the class is to expand in areas outside of Socorro into Alamo, Reserve and Truth or Consequences, she said.

Chavez is thankful to the community for choosing Socorro General Hospital to deliver their babies and allowing Presbyterian Medical Services to be a part of their birthing experience. To register for the childbirth education class call Chavez at 838-2268.