RMC Offers New Baby Support for Parents

January 27, 2012

Community Classes offer Support, Sharing, and Tips on Infant Care

Riverside Medical Center’s (RMC) Maternal Child Health Department is offering a pair of new baby support classes for parents.

Registered nurse Sandy Testin, who will lead the free classes, will offer tips and advice on baby care, answer questions, and encourage participants to share their own experiences.

“These classes are a great opportunity for parents to get helpful information and support,” said Testin, who is also a certified lactation consultant. “We offer a relaxed, social atmosphere where parents can meet and share with other parents who are experiencing the same joys and concerns of caring for a baby.”

The classes are as follows:

“Signing with Your Hearing Infant”

Thurs., Feb. 2, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: First United Methodist Church, 8th St. and Park Ave., Waupaca.
Join guest speaker Casey Danielson who will teach parents how to communicate with their infants using sign language.

 “Infant Massage”

Thurs., Feb. 16, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: First United Methodist Church
Learn the gentle techniques of infant massage as a relaxing way to sooth and bond with your baby.

For mothers-to-be, ThedaCare also offers “E-Learning Childbirth Education: The Gift of Motherhood.” This complete, online childbirth education program is a great alternative for those who cannot attend conventional childbirth classes. The web-based program includes animated illustrations, videos, and interactive tools and takes participants from pregnancy through childcare. Those who enroll can learn at their own pace from the convenience of home, and have 90 days to complete the course. To register, call (800) 236-2236. 

Riverside Medical Center is a 25-bed acute-care, critical access hospital located in Waupaca. Riverside Medical Center has previously been rated among the “100 Top Hospitals™” in the United States by Solucient, Inc. Riverside Medical Center was founded in 1955 and employs more than 300 people, making it one of the five largest employers in the area.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information, media may contact Megan Wilcox (megan.wilcox@thedacare.org), APR, corporate and public relations specialist for ThedaCare, at (920) 830-5847.