St. Mary’s clubs hosting classes

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LEWISTON – The following programs are being sponsored by Club W! and Club 50 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. One does not need to be a member of either club to attend the events, but preregistration is necessary.

Infant safety course: Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., free. It is a course for new or expectant parents. Learn how to prevent accidents and aid a choking infant. Class will be held in the Bank of America Room located in the Women’s Health Pavilion, 300 Sabattus St. RSVP by calling 777-8280.

Prepared childbirth: Begins Thursday, Jan. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $90; Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1 and 8. The classes are for expectant parents any time after the fourth month of pregnancy. The course will include an introduction to labor, labor preparation, support person night, alternate ways to labor and tour, special considerations and post-partum. Classes will be in the Bank of America Room. RSVP by calling 777-8280.

Sibling class: Saturday, Jan. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., free. The class is for children age 2 and older to help them prepare for transition. Topics will include infant behavior, basic care and handling of baby, safety and feelings about baby and orientation to the Women’s Health Pavilion Unit. Class will be held at the Bank of America Room. RSVP by calling 777-8280.

Hypnobirthing: Begins Monday, Jan 8, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., $90; Jan. 8, 14, 22, 19 and Feb. 5. A different approach to birthing experience. Learn how to have an easier, safer, more comfortable birth in the way that most closely mirrors nature. Sessions will be held in the Bank of America Room. RSVP by calling 777-8280.

“A Time for Me”: Monday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., $5. The workshop is designed to provide mothers of all ages time to relax and restore after the hectic holiday season. Learn to recognize and meet innermost needs amid the daily demands of life, renew and refresh the spirit. In the Lepage Conference Center, 99 Campus Ave. Storm date is Jan. 15. For women only. Register by calling 753-5467.

Literature and spirituality: Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., free. Literature, both prose and poetry, offers a resource to sustain and advance commitment to spiritual growth. Participants will read selected poetry and prose. Afterward, Marguerite Stapleton will lead a discussion from the lens of spirituality. In the Lepage Conference Center. RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 4, by calling 753-5467. The session is for women only.

“Breastfeeding: The Art and Science”: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., free. For expectant or new mothers and fathers and their infants. Class includes anatomy and physiology of the breast, tips on making nursing easier, solving common breastfeeding problems and working and breastfeeding. In the Bank of America Room. RSVP by calling 777-8280.

“Music Together”: Starts Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., $130 per child; $95 for each additional child. Series runs Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. A nationally recognized, early childhood program of music and movement for children from birth through age 4 and their caregivers. Ten 45-minute weekly sessions offer the opportunity for singing, chanting, instrument play, dance and improvisation, allowing all children and their caregivers to participate at their own level in a mixed-age class. Fee includes song collection in book, CD and tape. Club W! members will receive a 5 percent discount. Class will be held in the Endoscopy Waiting Suite, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Campus Avenue. To register, call Cherie Szustak at 777-5548.

Bellydancing aerobics: Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., $40. Series runs Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20. The class will focus on a deep muscle and cardiovascular workout. Some familiarity with bellydancing movements is helpful, but not required. The class is specifically designed for an aerobic workout with bellydancing movements. Dress comfortably in workout clothing. Resident dining room at d’Youville Pavilion, Campus Avenue. RSVP by calling 753-5467.

“When Food Turns to Fat”: Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Part of the Entrées to Health series at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Learn the biology of what happens in the body when food turns to fat and the role genetics and hormones play in the battle to lose weight. Bring questions and an appetite for a reduced-calorie meal. Presented by Dr. Deborah Learson and Dr. Paul Davis of Court Street Family Practice. Lepage Conference Center, 99 Campus Ave. Register by Friday, Jan. 19, by calling 753-5467.

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