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Kinzie Lee, Family Advocacy nurse, instructs expectant parents on basic baby care Sept. 24 during the Little Sprouts class offered through the Aviano New Parent Support program. The class, which is offered every other month, is intended to familiarize expectant parents in basic newborn care so they feel comfortable and prepared when it comes to interacting with their child once he or she is born.(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Taylor L. Marr)
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New parents get crash course in baby care

Posted 10/31/2008   Updated 10/31/2008 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff Sgt. Lindsey Maurice
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs


10/31/2008 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- The Aviano New Parent Support Program offers a special course for soon-to-be parents in baby care basics Nov. 4 and 6 from 5-7 p.m. in Building 108 in Area 1.

The Little Sprouts course, which is offered every other month, is intended to familiarize expectant parents in basic newborn care so they feel comfortable and prepared when it comes to interacting with their child once he or she is born.

"We have students from each end of the spectrum, whether they already have children who are a little older and would like a refresher to those who have never held a baby or changed a diaper before," said Kinzie Lee, Family Advocacy nurse who co-teaches the course with Marisha Grimley. "We welcome all expectant parents. Our ultimate goal is just to make them feel comfortable in interacting with their newborn, which I think is something all parents can benefit from."

The course is divided into two parts with the first night focusing on general topics such as how the baby may look early on after the birth and how they will act when the parent brings them home from the hospital.

"Babies don't always look as they do on TV right after birth," said Ms. Lee. "We teach the parents that certain things are normal and can be expected such as their coloring or particular marks or bumps on their skin. We also show a video during the first night called 'The Happiest Baby on the Block' which teaches parents specific skills for calming a crying baby. This is a skill that is critically important in the first few months especially for new parents."

The second part of the course is much more hands-on as the instructors demonstrate such tasks as how to change a diaper, bathe, feed, dress and put a baby in his or her car seat. The curriculum also covers some of the more serious medical aspects of a new baby such as shaken baby syndrome and post partum depression.

Airman 1st Class Quateshia Scott of the 31st Force Support Squadron said she really enjoyed the last Little Sprouts class in September.

"The fact that I'm single and this is my first child I want to be prepared for everything," she said. "I thought the class was full of wonderful information that is really going to help me."

"I didn't really know anything about child birth or calming down a screaming baby, but I do now. I feel much more comfortable about being a parent knowing that I have the information they shared in the class."

Classes are limited to 20 people and are on a first come, first served basis. Ms. Lee recommends both parents attend the course is they will be raising the child together.

"It's important for both parents to understand what to expect and to feel comfortable in bringing a newborn into their home," she said.

To reserve a seat in the class or for more information, call 632-5667.










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