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

09/26/2011

Do you know if you are you caring for your newborn safely? Genesys provides answers through free safety class

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI)
Are you caring for your newborn safely?

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?

Did you know that ... about one in five SIDS deaths occur while an infant is in the care of someone other than a parent?

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

Did you know that ... propping bottles can cause choking, ear infections and childhood cavities?

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.

"We have learned through working with new parents that the best teaching moments may not be in the hospital after their child is born," reports Jill Croteau, RN, childbirth educator at Genesys.

"And when parents return home with their new child, often they realize they have many questions and concerns."

That is why Genesys chose to start a new class called "Safety and Prevention," for expectant parents and new parents.

The 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 first class will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6 pm to 8 pm, in the atrium conference room of Genesys Regional Medical Center at Health Park.

Classes will be offered every month.

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

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