Meriter’s team of dedicated educators help expectant parents discover options, advocate choices and prepare confidently for the challenges and changes ahead. Weeks 1, 2 & 3: Preparing for Childbirth (also
In partnership with InJoy online education services, we offer this unique learning experience to provide information you can trust as you prepare for your upcoming birth and early parenting. In this class, you will learn all about the birth process and labor coping techniques. Also included
We are all encouraged to have conversations with loved ones about our goals, values and preferences for future health care needs. And, the best time to do this is before a medical crisis occurs. An advance care plan provides information about your wishes to your family and health care
“Am I Hungry” is an 8-week comprehensive lifestyle and weight management program that provides mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral tools in addition to fitness and nutrition education to guide participants toward sustainable, healthy lifestyle
Your baby will be born eager to get to know you. We are just as eager for you to learn about your baby. This class covers the characteristics, sensory skills and abilities of a newborn. It also covers the basics of infant care, common concerns and when to seek medical advice. Be better prepared
Learn about the advantages of breastfeeding, and receive tips for a positive and successful experience. Learn to recognize your baby's hunger cues, how to properly position your baby to feed and how to make sure the latch is correct. A lactation consultant or counselor will guide you through the
Sponsored by Meriter Hospital and Access Community Health Centers. Bienvenida al Bebe is for new parents and teaches about caring for your new baby. Classes are taught in Spanish and offered at Access Community Health Centers, 2202 S. Park St. and 3434 E. Washington Ave.
Tours of our Birthing Center are led by a staff member of the Meriter Women's Health Education Department on various Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The adult tour is intended for expectant parents who are having a vaginal delivery or a scheduled C-Section, and their adult support
Tours of our Birthing Center are led by a staff member of the Meriter Women's Health Education Department on various Saturday and Sundays. The family tour is intended for expectant parents who are having a vaginal delivery or a scheduled C-Section, and bringing children younger than
A lactation expert offers support and advice to help you learn pumping options. The class will include discussion regarding equipment, collection, storage, introducing a bottle, and strategies for continuing to breastfeed after returning to work.
Back by popular demand! This dads-only class is perfect for dads-to-be and dads with children from infancy up to two years of age. Topics that are covered are designed for men only and range from the basics to more complex issues including: *Dad's emotional
This two-hour class is designed to help you if you are struggling with the management of your blood sugar, food choices or activity level. The class will serve as a refresher of the basic principals in diabetes self-management, including identifying and overcoming the barriers that are preventing
This is a series of two three-hour classes for those newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The class is designed to help you set your own goals for managing your diabetes. The topics covered in this class include: Information about diabetes and treatment options, Nutrition, Activity, Medications,
Journaling is commonly used in chronic pain management, recovery programs and adult learning, but journaling can also be used as a prevention tool. Proactive health journaling helps women translate personal reflection and feedback into actions that increase well-being by becoming in tune with
Prenatal Exercise Featuring Aquatic and Land-based Exercise! Experience Exercise for Two, a prenatal class that blends aquatic and land-based exercise! Mom and baby will both benefit from the soothing 82 degree water during a low-impact cardiovascular workout. Water combines
Regular exercise is one of the key components to living a happy and healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately developing a consistent routine can be difficult and often time injuries provide an additional barrier to starting or sustaining a successful exercise program.
Meriter's Get Fit! Exercise and Healthy Eating Program will get you started on the path to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight along with a heart-healthy lifestyle. You will meet individually with a dietitian and a fitness trainer to develop a personal plan. And the group setting
First-time prospective grandparents or those in need of a refresher can attend a comprehensive class, designed to cover all updates in infant care and safety. Learn about the new recommendations for Safe Infant Sleep, car seat use, advice on infant feeding, and tips on grandparenting
What is ImPACT? Meriter is proud to offer ImPACT testing to student athletes (age 11 and over) in our community. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is a user-friendly, online computer-based neurocognitive testing program that helps
Meriter-UnityPoint Health offers screening mammography, cancer removal surgery from lumpectomy to mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. Routine screening mammograms improve the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and can be treated successfully. Our
“Living Well with Chronic Conditions” is a six-week series of 2 ½-hour sessions designed to empower adults of all ages living with ongoing health challenges to better manage and improve their health. Taught weekly by trained volunteer leaders who have health conditions
Are you feeling daunted by the thought of the upcoming holidays? If so, you're not alone. This season, choose to give yourself the gift of respite while developing skills that can take you from frantic and overwhelmed to mindful and stress-free!
In this group, led by Meriter’s health psychologist Gretchen A. Diem, Ph.D., you will learn how to recognize the sources of stress in your life, make health-related behavior changes and better manage stress-related symptoms and illnesses. The goal of Mind Body Medicine is to
Mindfulness is a state of active and open attention to the present moment. In this 2-class series, we will focus on gaining skills of mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques as they relate to labor and delivery. Through mindfulness practice, in this 2-part series, participants learn
An interactive mom and baby class where baby is incorporated into yoga poses. Mom will experience gentle strengthening, stretching, and bonding with her baby. No experience necessary. Babies are welcome to nurse, snack, nap, or play with toys. Designed for babies up to 1 year old. This is a
Mother Baby Hour is a time for moms and their babies to get together to ask questions, express concerns, learn about resources and share stories. Join us as soon as you are ready to venture out with your newborn. You will find a very baby friendly atmosphere where feeding, fussy and
Mother Baby Hour is a time for moms and their babies to get together to ask questions, express concerns, learn about resources and share stories. Continue on with Mother Baby Hour or join in now. Not only will you enjoy the other moms, but your baby will start to enjoy the other
Your baby is continuing to grow, change, and learn new skills! Join our group of moms and babies as you prepare for this exciting, active stage of your baby’s development! Topics include presentations on reading with your baby, enjoying music together, and safety in public and
This course is offered to health care providers needing to renew NRP certification or seeking certification for the first time. The course is designed for providers working in or pursuing work in settings where maternal or newborn care is provided. This may include individuals working in
This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS
Does your child over-react to the sensation of clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, or other sensory input? Does your child show little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme hot and cold?
Prenatal yoga is a great way to strengthen your body and prepare your mind for the birthing process. In class we will practice modified poses appropriate for all stages of pregnancy and also cover breathing and relaxation exercises that will help during labor. Our prenatal yoga class is
If you are limited on time but want information with some hands-on practice, Meriter's Weekend Class is for you. Prepare for your personal childbirth journey with us. Share your thoughts, concerns and questions. Learn about labor and birth, pain-coping practices, how dad/partners can help,
The S.T.A.B.L.E. Renewal course is for providers who have completed the full course in the last two years and want to renew their certification. The 4-hr. course reviews the six assessment and care modules. Simulation scenarios are not included.
Intended for those scheduled for a spinal fusion or decompression. In this 2½-hour session, you will meet with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, discharge planner and nursing staff member. We encourage you bring to this session the person who will be providing you with support
This 3 hour session is for those scheduled for total hip replacement surgery. In this session, you will meet with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, discharge planner and nursing staff member. Please plan to attend two weeks before surgery, if feasible. We encourage you to bring
This 2 hour and 45 minute educational session is for those scheduled for Total Knee Replacement surgery. Attendees will meet with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, discharge planner and nursing staff member. Please plan to attend two weeks prior to surgery, if feasible. We encourage
This 2 hour educational session is designed for those scheduled for foot or ankle surgery. Attendees will meet with a physical therapist, discharge planner, and nursing staff member. Please plan to attend prior to surgery. We encourage you to bring your support person to
Fenton Johnson, contributor to the nation's leading magazines and newspapers and professor of creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona, discusses his award-winning memoir, Geography of the Heart, his story of learning how to love in the AIDS epidemic through caring for his partner Larry
While this class is designed for expectant couples looking to learn more about water births, it is requested that students have prior discussion with their birth provider about having a water birth. Meriter's educators discuss the benefits of water birth, safety strategies, comfort