A Partner for New Parents
Few things shake up your world more than bringing home your first baby. With so much to learn, not to mention a huge new 24/7 responsibility, it’s good to know Olympic Medical Center’s New Family Services department can ease the transition to parenthood.
New Family Services offers childbirth preparation classes, prenatal and postpartum office visits, breastfeeding consultation and drop-in parent support groups.
New Family Services offers childbirth education classes (eight sessions total) covering topics to help parents navigate the birthing experience, their stay at Olympic Medical Center, and the first days and weeks with a new baby.
Breastfeeding is a natural activity with many health benefits for babies. But it’s not without challenges for new mothers. Our breastfeeding specialists are all International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and registered nurses. One of these experts will visit you during your stay in the Birth Center to help you get off to a good start. Lactation Consultants also see new moms and babies after they leave the hospital to work on breastfeeding and to provide health-related assessments.
Postpartum outpatient visits
While you’re in the hospital, you can schedule a postpartum clinic follow-up visit to take place after you’ve brought your baby home. This visit is a great opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have about the postpartum period, maternal recovery and new baby care.
For parents and new babies who are experiencing the first few days, weeks and year of becoming a family, we offer a support group—You and Your New Baby. Each session focuses on the needs of the parents present, but common topics include: newborn behavior, care and feeding; the transition into parenting; and postpartum physical and emotional issues.
Our focus is on infants under three months of age, but families with babies up to one year are welcomed. The program is free, and offers an opportunity to learn about babies and parenting, to weigh and measure your baby, and to meet other new parents. No registration is required.