Mommy & Me class series offers support for new moms

Stephanie_Theo_9530f_smFor any new mother interested in learning more on how to care for herself and her baby, there’s a helpful educational series coming up in Aitkin.

Riverwood Healthcare Center is partnering with Aitkin Community Education to host a 6-week education series called “Mommy & Me”. Six 1-hour classes will be held at Riverwood in Aitkin on Wednesdays, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., March 1 through April 5. The classes will meet in the Michael Ryan Support Services wing, conference room G.

Riverwood and Aitkin County Public Health experts for each topic will do informal presentations with plenty of time for questions and answers.

March 1: Challenges of Being a New Mom
Have a relaxed conversation with Nurse Midwife Megan Workman about the challenges of being a new mother.

March 8: Infant Feeding and Lactation
Kelli Crowther, RN/obstetrics/certified lactation consultant, will offer helpful information about infant feeding and lactation.

March 15: Safe Sleep for Babies and Tummy Time Guidelines
Learn about safe sleep for babies with Kelli Crowther, RN/obstetrics, and the importance of tummy time for preventing torticollis (twisted neck) with Jill Sadlowsky, rehabilitation manager and physical therapist.

March 22: Weight Management and Nutrition
Dan Schletty, health & wellness coach, will talk about healthy weight loss goal setting and lifestyle changes, calorie exchanges and functional exercises to strengthen core muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness. Registered Dietitian Megan Perpich will give helpful tips such as making time for adequate nutrition, foods to include/avoid, and gradual weight loss.

March 29: Pelvic Health Therapy
Jessica Johnson, physical therapist, will describe musculoskeletal changes that happen during pregnancy, postpartum impacts on pelvic health functions, associated pelvic pain and exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.

April 5: Car Seat Safety, Child Reading and Speech Development
Aitkin County Public Health Nurse Naomi Larson will present important information on infant and child car seat safety as well as child reading and speech development.

There is no cost for these informal classes, which will include lunch. Attend with your baby and come to one, several or all classes.

For more information or to register, contact Aitkin Community Education at (218) 927-2115 ext. 2153, sosborne@isd1.org, or go to http://home.isd1.org/community-education.html and click on “Online Registration.” The class list and registration information is also posted at riverwoodhealthcare.org, see the “news” section on the homepage.