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Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

01/27/2012

Genesys offers free infant safety class

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Did you know that ...
... placing a baby in an unaccustomed sleep position increases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by as much as 18 times?

... diluting infant formula with water can lead to water intoxication, which can cause seizures, brain damage or even death?

... propping bottles can cause choking, ear infections and childhood cavities?

... most parents do not know how to install a car seat correctly?

The Genesys Family Birthing Center staff wants to make sure first time parents are as prepared as possible for the birth of their new baby.

"When parents return home with their newborn, often they realize they have many unanswered questions and concerns," finds Jill Croteau, RN, childbirth educator at Genesys.

"We have learned through working with new parents that the best teaching moments may not be in the hospital after their child is born."

That is why Genesys offers "Safety and Prevention," for expectant parents and new parents.

The free, two-hour class covers many topics of concern for new parents:

SIDS

car seat safety

crib safety

changing table safety

safe feeding practices

pet safety

toy safety

safety hazards in the home

... and much more!

"Our goal is to keep the newborn safe from harm and safe from injury after birth," Croteau explains.

"We know new parents' time is limited, so we set up the class for two hours on one evening."

The next class will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 6 pm to 8 pm, in Room 3434 of Genesys Regional Medical Center's Health Park campus, located in Grand Blanc Township.

Classes will be offered every month. Upcoming classes are: Feb. 27 and March 28, in the hospital auditorium.

To sign up for a class, call the Genesys Family Birthing Center at 810-606-5897.

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