PERTH AMBOY—Raritan Bay Medical Center, with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, recently became the first medical center in central New Jersey to provide an online childbirth education class for expectant mothers and fathers.
The program is an alternative for those parents who cannot attend conventional childbirth classes due to time constraints, scheduling conflicts or mandatory bed rest. Even if parents are considering an epidural the program has value as it provides important information concerning the process of labor, what can be done before the mother receives the epidural, postpartum facts and care for newborns.
The online class is an interactive, web-based program that includes animated illustrations and videos. It can be viewed on a PC or Mac. High speed internet access is advised for optimal performance but dial up access will work as well. Once registered, couples will receive an access code, accompanying manual and educational materials.
The program is available to parents whenever they have the time to take the class for up to six weeks after receiving the access code and can be taken as many times as needed. RBMC’s clinical and technical support staff contact information is provided as part of the program to answer questions and provide support.
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