Class designed for expectant parents

JASPER — Expectant parents in the last trimester are invited to attend Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s Baby Behavior class from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The class is being held in the Medical Arts Building Conference Room, 721 W. 13th St. This building is directly behind (north of) the hospital. Enter through the main doors. The conference room is the main room in the lower level.

The class is free to those who are delivering at Memorial Hospital or $15. The “Baby Behavior” classes are conducted by qualified obstetrical nursing personnel.

Using current research on baby behavior, class instructors will help parents better understand their baby. Teaching parents about things such as infant sleep, feeding cues, engagement and disengagement cues and crying will help parents become not only more relaxed, but more confident in their new role as parents.

It is highly recommended parents take this class before the baby arrives. However, if parents are unable to, this class can be helpful for parents within the first one to two months of the baby being born as well.

Go to Memorial Hospital’s website at and click on “Classes & Events.” If unable to access online, call 812-996-2399. For specific class questions, call the OB Lactation Services at 812-996-0383.

Due to COVID-19, all participants will be screened prior to admittance. Bring one support person as social distancing will be practiced. All attendees should wear a mask and will have temperatures taken.

People are asked not to attend if in the last 72 hours they or their support person have had a fever of 100.0 or higher; developed new respiratory infection symptoms, such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat, and so forth. If they have experienced new onset of two or more of the following — chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, or loss of taste or smell.

Do not attend if, in the last 14 days, if there was contact with a known or suspected positive case or coronavirus, been in contact with a known or suspected positive case or coronavirus without the appropriate PPE, or had a family member with symptoms, notified that they were a close contact (within 6 feet) of a known positive case of coronavirus.

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