The address and telephone number of the La Leche League was incorrectly reported in last week's Virginia Weekly. The correct address and telephone number are 2710 N. Wyoming St., Arlington, 534-8548.
As the trend toward an awake and aware childbirth experience accelerates, the demand for childbirth preparation courses has increased. Parent and Child, one of the volunteer organizations offering prepared childbirth courses in the Washington area, taught 1,700 couples in 1976 and nearly 3,000 in 1977.
The number of couples we can serve is limited only by our own capacity. We're looking for new locations for teaching sites in order to accommodate the demand, which seems to increase 25 to 30 per cent a year," said Iris Cross, chairman of Parent and Child's board of directors.
Courses in childbirth preparation usually are taken during the eighth month of pregnancy. Because of the demand, early registration is advised.
The guide below lists groups and institutions providing childbirth courses or supportive services for expectant parents, the type of service provided, and the fees charged.
American Red Cross, 2020 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 588-2515, and 6206 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, 559-8500. Series of seven classes held at Hecht stores in Silver Spring, Montgomery Mall, Prince George's Plaza, Marlow Heights, Landover Mall; Woodward and Lothrop at Wheaton Plaza Prince Goerge's Plaza, and at 315 East Diamond Ave. (Gaithersburg office classroom). Evening classes. No fee. Teachers are Red Cross nurses who cover comfort measures for women during pregnancy, supplies and equipment for a baby, growth and development of the fetus, labor and delivery, what to expect the first year, Red Cross certificate given upon completion.
A.S.P.O. (American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics), 4401 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington D.C., 587-2230. A non-profit volunteer organization. Evening classes at locations in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, in Annapolis and Columbia. Fee, $40 (sliding scale available). Teachers have special Lamaze training and 95 per cent are registered nurses. Series of six classes on the Lamaze method of prepared childbrith: breathing and relaxation techniques, physical exercises for different states of labor, coaching techniques, diet. Some courses have additional seventh meeting on breast feeding.
Cesarean Families Association, membership information address, 5110 North 25th Road, Arlington, 22207, 569-0554; class registration, 703-860-1305. A non-profit volunteer organization. Evening classes once a month, alternating between locations in Maryland and virginia. Fees: $20 per couple for non-members, $14 for members. Teachers are registered nurses who have had Cesarean births. Four sessions covering anatomy and physiology of late pregnancy and labor, hospital procedures breast feeding, physical and emotional adjustments and film of a Cesarean delivery with the father present at delivery.
Childbirth Education Association, regional mailing address. Box 5078, Alexandria, 322-1555. A non-profit volunteer organization. Free orientation classes at 7:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of each month at University Park Church of Christ. 6402 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, and at 8 p.m. second Monday of each month at Chevy Chase Community Building, McKinley and Connecticut Avenues, Chevy Chase. Fees: $30 ($20 for review session), scholarships available. Classes are taught by registered nurses who have had Lamaze deliveries. Six regular sessions at 16 Prince George's locations and six Montgomery locations. Classes are based on Lamaze method, including breathing exercise, comfort measures for pregnancy, emergency childbrith, breast feeding and post partum adjustment. CEA also has three after birth mother's groups.
FLAME (Family Life and Maternity Education), 10113 Parkwood Terrace, bethesda, 323,6892. A non-profit volunteer organization. Fees: $15, scholarships available. Classes are taught by volunteers trained and certified by FLAME. Sessions held in public facilities in Silver Spring, Rockville, Kensington, Temple Hills, Suitland and Annapolis. Six-week course on the Lamaze method of childbirth with additions from other theories. Course includes relaxation and breathing techniques. Free pregnancy care classes and film nights and, starting in January, free Cesarean birth film nights are offered. FLAME also has a post-birth program, including a TOT line to answer questions about newborn babies or make referrals, and nursing mothers services.
Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, 565-1134, to register for classes. Fees: $5 registration fee, scholarships available. Staff from labor and delivery, post partum and nursery departments teach class. Physicians available to answer questions. Open only to parents planning to deliver at Holy Cross. Series of four classes covering physical and psychological aspects of pregnancy, nutrition, types of childbirth, hospital procedures, anesthesia, newborn care and post partum care. A tour of the hospital's maternity department is given every Sunday. No charge.
HOME Birth (Home Oriented Maternity Experience), 511 New York Ave., Takoma Park, 585-5832. A non-profit volunteer organization. Fees: $5 membership fee, optional. Classes are taught by nurse-midwives and childbirth educators. Meets in public facility in Maryland. Five seminars for couples interested in home births. Course covers advantages of home births, parental responsibilities, equipment, procedures, medications used, complications, contra-indications and the transition to parenthood.
La Leche League, 8802 Canberra Dr., Clinton, Md., 868-3765. A non-profit volunteer organization offering mother-to-mother information. Fees: $8 membership, optional. In addition to telephone referral service for breast feeding advice, La Leche runs a series of four meetings on the advantage of breast feeding, how to overcome difficulties, different childbirth methods and nutrition and weaning. Classes meet at members' homes in Maryland.
Montgomery General Hospital, 1801 Prince PHillip Dr., Olney, 774-7800. No fee. Five-session course covering pregancy, labor, delivery options, postpartum and infant care. Taught by nurses in obstetric department. No fee. Limited to parents planning to deliver at Montgomery General. Tea and cookies served.
Mother of Twins Club, chapters in Bowie, Kensington Laurel and Suitland. For information on closest chapter contact National Mother of Twins, 5402 Amerwood Lane, Rockville, 460-9108. Mother-to-mother supportive services for parents of twins. Brochure on raising twins, equipment and clothing exchange, monthly meetings with lectures. Membership fees around $5.
Parent and Child, 420 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, 439-7611. A non-profit volunteer organization. Fees: $40 (scholarships available). Classes are held at churches, hospitals and schools in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and in Columbia. Teachers are registered nurses with experience in labor and delivery. Eight sessions covering fetal development, physiology of labor and delivery, a ways to alleviate discomforts of pregnancy, anesthesia, Cesarean delivery, breast feeding, exercises, infant feeding and care of the newborn. No particular method is stressed. Post-birth services include Listening Ear (mother-to-mother advice on breast and bottle feeding), New Mothers Circle (mother/baby-to-mother/baby meetings), Parents Circle (meetings in parent's homes with speakers) and Parent to Parent, a non-medical support group of parents who have experienced unusual or difficult pregnancies, deliveries or early childhood problems.
Pregnancy Aid, 4809 Greenbelt Road, College Park, 441-9150, and 15725 Pointer Ridge Dr., Bowie, 249-7273. A non-profit volunteer organization geared to helping women with pregnancies troubled by social or economic factos. Supportive services for pregnant women.
Prince George's General Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Cheverly, 341-2010. CEA classes held in hospital (see guide for listing). Hospital offers Tea and Tour, a two hour meeting and tour of labor and delivery suite. Hospital policies regarding labor and delivery are discussed. No fee. Held second Sunday of every other month and second Wednesday evening of alternating month. After birth classes on infant and mother care for hospital patients only, available at no charge.
Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 657-9000, ext. 289. Coffee, maternity fashions and overview course on changes that occur during pregnancy, needs of mother, father and baby during delivery. Taughter by a certified nurse midwife. No fee.
Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, 891-7263. Fees: $25 for six-week childbirth techniques. Also, $20 fee for five-session parenting course, covering different aspects of newborn care. Three free films on labor, delivery, breast feeding and newborns are shown regularly. Courses are taught by staff nurses and are held at the hospital. There is also an open house one night a month or every other month featuring tours of the maternity floor and, with a nurse in charge there is a question-anser period.