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COVID-19 And The Toll On Childbirth

COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of our life including the birth of a child. For first time mothers, pregnancy is already scary enough without COVID being a constant threat. During this time OSF Healthcare has shifted from in-person classes to develop other ways to reach would-be mothers. Director of the Family Birthing Center, Carolyn Tomeo says that it was important to come up with a new way of reaching parents who have a new baby on the way.



Coleen Martinson, who is a registered nurse and Patient Educator says that parents need to get mentally and physically prepared for having a child. Without the education provided, parenting can be extremely stressful. And that classes cover the important topic of birth plans.



The three-part PowerPoint series is sent to future parents so that viewers can focus on what they want to know. Media has been added such as virtual tours and video and audio clips from experts.



Parents are advised to talk to their health care provider about birthing class options in their community. 

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