Offering help for expecting parents

8:54 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Getting ready to start a family can be an exciting time, but it can also bring on some nervous feelings for new parents. Thursday night Eastern Maine Medical Center put on an event to show expecting parents what kinds of help they can get after the baby is born.

As part of EMMC's birth night, parents were able to meet several different service providers to learn about child birth classes, infant CPR and baby massages. Coordinator of Perinatal Education at EMMC Pam Houston said this is the 10th year EMMC has held birth night and it keeps putting on the event to show parents what help is available after the baby is born.

"We have a breast feeding support group, we have a mommy and me support group. When they know they can come afterwards for that additional support it's really nice," Houston said.

One expecting parent said coming to event like this is very beneficial.

"Taking that child birth class and being told here's what to expect, here are the things that can go wrong, but here's what we can do to help you if they go wrong, it was, it set me at so much ease," Expecting mother to be Christine Mihan said.

Houston said EMMC holds birth night twice a year and has a new speaker at each event. Tonight's speaker spoke about the importance of holding the new baby with skin to skin contact to help the child and parent bond.


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