The Ste. Madeleine Health Centre will now provide Child Education and Lamaze Classes for clients of their Antenatal Clinic every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. “These classes have been long in coming. Since 2009, we wanted to start this and the idea has finally been birthed today,” said Mrs. Patricia Smith-Granger, Primary Care Nurse Manager, Victoria South during her welcome address at the launch of the Child Education and Lamaze Classes on Wednesday 3rd February, 2016.
Ms. Gloria Copeland, Midwife, guided mothers-to-be through several routine breathing exercises, stretches and massage techniques. Ms. Merle Tang, Lactation Midwife, held the rapt attention of the audience of 40 persons during her presentation on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, the need for support and demonstrated various breastfeeding positions. Staff members also performed a skit entitled, “To Lamaze or not to Lamaze” which highlighted the benefits of Lamaze classes.
“Labour is painful, but it can be enjoyable… Labour is work, but you can be relaxed. You should enjoy your pregnancy experience,” said Ms. Copeland, who will conduct the Child Education and Lamaze Classes. This initiative coordinated by Mrs. Erica Christom, District Health Visitor and the staff at the Ste. Madeleine Health Centre, is in keeping with the World Health Organisation’s healthy birth practices that promote, support and protect normal birth, while guiding the decision-making process for mothers before, during and after labour.
In Photo: (L-R) Ms. Erica Christom, District Health Visitor; Ms. Gloria Copeland, Midwife; Ms. Patricia Smith-Granger, Primary Care Nurse Manager Victoria South and Dr. Reshma Maraj, Medical Doctor at the Ste. Madeleine Health Centre.