Wilcox Health is making it easier for expectant families to access the information they need to prepare for baby with a wealth of online resources.
Earlier this year, Wilcox welcomed the release of Hapai, a mobile health app that helps mom and baby stay healthy during and after pregnancy.
“The next generation gathers their information from the internet more than books, so having an app that is readily accessible and makes it easy to access information makes perfect sense,” says Registered Nurse Kandi Bloss, a childbirth educator, international board-certified lactation consultant and certified lactation counselor at Wilcox Medical Center.
Wilcox also created an online baby kit expectant parents can download to better prepare them for their childbirth experience at the medical center.
“The baby kit has all our general hospital information – visiting hours, cafeteria hours, etc. – and also allows moms to pre-register for their hospital stay and for childbirth classes,” Bloss explains.
These medically backed tools give parents reliable, evidence-based information they can feel confident about following.
The Childbirth & Parent Education free four-week class series discusses body condition, relaxation and breathing techniques, along with common questions such as warning signs, cesarean birth, postpartum issues, breastfeeding, and medications and hospital procedures.
In response to the high volume of breastfeeding questions, Bloss started a Breastfeeding Hui at Wilcox Medical Center.
The free support group meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of every month in the Childbirth Classroom. It is free and open to moms with newborns and babies up to 12 months old.
“While it’s great to have so much information so easily available, we should not believe everything we read on the internet. These in-person classes and medically backed tools give parents reliable, evidence-based information they can feel confident about following,” Bloss says.
To learn more about any of these classes or to download the Hapai app, go to WilcoxHealth.org.