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Mercy Medical Center RNs offer healthy pregnancy education

Members of the planning committee put together the third annual pregnancy conference at Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Nurses at Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, N.Y., conducted their third annual daylong pregnancy conference, “Birth, Baby and Beyond …The Mercy Touch,” in April for local residents who are planning a family or already expecting.

The educational seminar included workshops and presentations that addressed various aspects of childbirth, including labor, delivery, breast-feeding, mental well-being and parenting.

“The best part of this program is that it is run completely by the staff, and they love doing it,” said Barbra Kahn, RN, a nurse in the maternal-child division.

An interdisciplinary approach on perinatal health education was provided, including a panel discussion led by obstetrician Jahanshah Seraji, MD, who spoke about pregnancy, fetal growth and signs of labor. Discussion topics also included high-risk pregnancy and the role of the perinatologist, neonatal services and the role of the neonatologist, picking a pediatrician and proper nutrition.

Labor and delivery nurse SaraJean Sheinin, RN, discussed pain management options for the patient, covering pharmacological and nonpharmacological methods of pain relief. A presentation and discussion about mental health awareness during and after pregnancy followed and was sponsored by the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

Attendees took part in workshops on breast-feeding, newborn care, relaxation and a “Daddy Boot Camp.” Tours of the hospital were provided by staff of the maternal-child division throughout the day.

Information tables, staffed by nurses and physicians, included childbirth education, breast-feeding support, pediatric services, perinatal services and nutritional support.

Karen Rennie, RNC-OB, C-EFM, MSN, is a nurse at Mercy Medical Center.

By | 2020-04-15T09:40:08-04:00 September 17th, 2012|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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