As many of you know I am due to have my third child in March. My first was delivered thirteen years ago at Seton Northwest, and my second child was born five years ago at Seton on 38th. I’m hoping to carry on the Seton-birthing tradition with this third one; fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen while shopping at Target or in the car on the way to the hospital!
To prepare the family for our impending bundle of joy, I signed my kids up for a special class geared toward siblings that is offered at Seton Medical Center on 38 th Street. The Sibling Tour, a special tradition at the hospital, is a class that provides preparation for children when a new baby is expected in the family. I knew my five year old would love the class. I wasn’t so sure about my thirteen year old son participating, but he came along anyway. The cost is $5 per child or $10 per family. I paid the $10 in hopes that he might get down on the floor with the other kids to learn how to diaper and swaddle. After all, I plan on having a big and little helper once our new addition arrives! Lo and behold, he got down with the smaller kids and diapered like a pro. (Yes, I captured it on video so that I can show him that he does know how to do it once the baby arrives.)
I’ve mentioned this particular class to several friends, all who were clueless that there was such a class available. I thought I would share with you as well. Here are a few more details:
Led by a specially-trained nurse, young children have an opportunity to learn about what to expect in a class dedicated just for them. Discussions center around the care mom and baby will receive. Hands-on programs include practical tips on safe baby-holding techniques, diapering and swaddling. Everyone that attends earns a graduation certificate.
Children that attend the sibling tour leave excited and informed about the arrival of their new baby brother or sister.
The tours are recommend for children 3 years of age or older and last from 1 to 1.5 hours long. For more information or to register call (512) 324-4252.
Be sure to bring a baby doll or teddy bear for the kids to practice on!
For those of you who are considering having a baby or are currently pregnant, be sure to sign up for What’s Up Doc? to help you find the right doctor and hospital to fit your birthing plan. What’s it all about?
- One-on-one interviews with Ob/Gyns
- Meet a lactation consultant and nurses
- Mingle with other expectant parents
- VIP tour of the maternity floor
Light refreshments will be served.
What’s Up Doc? will take place on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. at Seton Medical Center Austin, West Tower, Pavilion Community Room.
Hurry! Registration is limited to 35 people. It is FREE to attend.
And lastly, an event coming up at the beginning of March sounds particularly appealing: Refresh Yourself From Home to Health. It’s a day of renewal for women that will provide women with the resources the need to create a healthy, balanced mind, body and spirit. Sounds lovely. From the website:
A day of renewal for women featuring workshops with professional organizers, group fitness experts, and healthy cooking demonstrations. This event will profile a variety of community sponsor exhibits, designed to help women achieve life balance in their own health, at home, within their families and within their community. We will additionally offer a catered VIP event with keynote speaker Renee Trudeau- national coach/ speaker and author of The Mother’s Guide to Self- Renewal.
When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. with the Keynote Presentation from 4:00- 5:00pm.
Where: Seton Medical Center Williamson, 201 Seton Pkwy., Round Rock
Cost: Renewal Expo Registration is FREE! The VIP event with Renee Trudeau is $40.00.
Registration ends: March 3, 2012
You can find more information on the wide range of classes available and upcoming events on Seton’s website. Now, can someone please tell me how I can secure the VIP maternity room for my upcoming hospital stay?