SSRH offers free classes for new, expecting parents

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Welcoming a new baby into the world is a big step, and Siloam Springs Regional Hospital educators are here to help you along the way. In addition to our Childbirth Classes, we're now offering free Baby Boot Camp, Infant CPR, and Safety and Childbirth Refresher classes at our hospital.

"Whether this is your first child, your second or third or more, we're here to help you and your family through the next chapter of your lives," SSRH Women's and Children's Unit director Megan Bokina said. "From CPR and safety to a refresher class, we want you to feel prepared and ready when your little one arrives."

The Baby Boot Camp offers topics such as:

Finding a provider for baby

What baby may look like at birth

Baby behavior, such as sleeping and crying patterns

What to expect during a typical hospital stay, including safety

First medications given after birth, hearing screenings

Cord care, bathing, diapering and tummy time

Jaundice, immunizations

Accident prevention and safety tips such as car seat and home safety

Shaken baby syndrome

In the CPR and Infant Safety Class, topics include:

Car seat safety

Baby proofing your home

Water safety

Infant CPR

"Our refresher class is a review of information that parents may have learned at their first prenatal class," said SSRH OB navigator Kay Smith. "This can include comfort measures and childbirth to learning about adjusting to the addition of a new family member in your home."

The topics at the Childbirth Refresher Class are:

Processing your previous birth(s) and a brief refresher of the labor/birth process

Comfort measures and relaxation techniques

Pain relief options, including natural and medicated

Postpartum care for parents and baby

Postpartum recovery

Adjusting to parenting and life with a larger family, including sibling transitions and adjustments

"For those who have given birth more than five years ago, I would recommend the Comprehensive Childbirth Class we offer," Smith said.

For more information or to register for a class, visit us online at or call Smith at 479-215-3305.

About Siloam Springs Regional Hospital

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital is a licensed 73-bed facility with private patient rooms. It is accredited by the State of Arkansas Department of Health Services and The Joint Commission. Services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, emergency medicine, medical, surgical, and intensive care units, obstetrics, outpatient diagnostic services, robotic orthopedic surgery and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. The hospital is a baby-friendly designated birth facility and is VBAC and doula-friendly. SSRH is an affiliate of Northwest Health -- the largest health system in Northwest Arkansas. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital is located at 603 N. Progress Ave., Siloam Springs. For more information, visit