Hospital class prepares children for arrival of a new baby

A new baby brings lots of joy and changes to a family. Not just for the parents but for siblings as well. Brothers or sisters will have to get used to sharing everything – attention, toys, space and most importantly cherished time spent with their parents. If not properly prepared, the new changes can create animosity, mood swings and sibling rivalry in a big way on the home front, according to a press release.

To ease the anxiety, Mountain Vista Medical Center is offering a sibling class that will educate families on how to help older children make the transition from being an only child to being the big brother or sister. The class is 8:30-10 a.m. Saturdays Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 5 and Dec 10 at Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road in Mesa, and will be led by Dr. Brian Goodman a family medicine doctor who is a father of four children.

Children will learn:

  • What they should expect to see in the hospital and how they can help during the birth of the baby;
  • How to hold and snuggle with the baby by practicing on a doll;
  • Daily activities they can help parents with such as burping the baby, throwing out diapers, talking to the baby and holding the baby’s hand when getting a bath or being fed; and
  • How to create adjustments for the newborn at home.

The class will offer interaction time with other expecting families and a tour of the maternity center. There are a limited number of seats available and the cost is $12 per family, which includes take home resources for the child and family.  Cost for the class is $12. Attendees are encouraged to register by calling 1-877-924-9355 or at Attendees should park and enter through the Outpatient Entrance, which is located on the east side of the hospital, and proceed to classrooms on the second floor through the double doors.

Mountain Vista Medical Center, part of IASIS Healthcare, is a 178-bed, full-service hospital. Designed to provide comprehensive health care services for residents of the East Valley, the hospital is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center and a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital also has a Cardiac Receiving Center. Find Mountain Vista Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

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