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Martha Morales (left), New Mexico State University School of Nursing college assistant professor, gives instructions to participants in a Lamaze childbirth preparation class in December 2014. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta) JAN15

NMSU to offer free Lamaze classes in English, Spanish in Spring

In spring 2016, the New Mexico State University School of Nursing will offer Lamaze childbirth preparation classes in both English and Spanish for free to pregnant women in their sixth to eighth month of pregnancy.

NMSU nursing faculty and students are teaching the educational classes to women. To register, call college assistant professor Martha Morales at 575-646-8089 or email at moralest@nmsu.edu.

NMSU will offer two six-week English courses and two six-week Spanish courses starting in early February in the College of Health and Social Services building. Pregnant women must be 24 to 32 weeks pregnant by the first class.

The English courses will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The first session is from Feb. 4-March 10 and the second session is March 24-April 28.

The Spanish courses will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The first session is from Feb. 3-March 9 and the second session is March 23-April 27.

“Lamaze classes provide the avenue for moms and their support persons to advocate for their individual needs as they labor and have their baby,” Morales said. “One of the philosophies of Lamaze is to allow labor to start on its own and to provide the laboring women a support person(s) who will be there for her and guide her through the techniques, which facilitate the process of birthing.

“The positive bond which the expectant couples build during the classes is demonstrated when they come back to ‘Show and Tell’ to show the baby and tell the story of their birth,” she added. “Each couple presents their individual report on the birth and responds to questions from the graduating Lamaze class.”

Preparing for the sixth consecutive semester of courses, Morales said she is not surprised by the growth of the classes.

“After we initiated Lamaze classes two years ago, I was told by my community partners that Lamaze was not being offered anywhere in Las Cruces. We began with five couples in fall of 2013. We have offered two English series each semester, which have been filled to capacity of 15 moms and their support persons. I have actually had to turn moms away.”

Spanish courses were added in fall 2015 after Morales was informed of the community’s need.

“Several moms and their support persons were bilingual in English and Spanish, so I had to be creative in providing educational materials conducive to learning in both languages,” she said.

A support person is welcome to attend with the mothers. Free parking is available off Jordan Street. For more information on Lamaze childbirth education classes, visit www.lamaze.org

Author: Tiffany Acosta – NMSU

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