The Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home requires that all mothers work on their GED or attend school. Unwed mothers that have obtained a high school diploma can attend the local college or find employment as long as they are able to attend the in-house education classes. Classes are scheduled four to five nights a week lasting from one to two hours each.
We offer in-house education in the following areas:
- Maternal and Fetal Development during the first, second and third trimester.
- Stages of labor and delivery.
- Over view of prenatal care and doctor appointments.
- Common discomforts of pregnancy.
- Warning signs of pre-term labor.
- What to do when warning signs are experienced.
Std’s and the effects of drugs & smoking during pregnancy
- Discusses STD’s – What they are, incubation period, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, complications and prevention.
- Discusses short-term, long-term effects of “street” prescription and over the counter drugs on mother and infant.
- Discusses short-term, long-term effects of alcohol on mother and infant.
- Discusses short-term, long-term effects of smoking on mother and infant.
- Discusses short-term, long-term effects of caffeine on mother and infant.
- Encouragement to seek help for any unhealthy behavior.
Nutrition for you and your baby
- Discusses the importance of a proper and balanced diet to the development of a healthy baby and preservation of mother’s health.
- Discusses specific amounts and areas of weight gain during a healthy pregnancy
- Explanation of food groups and the food pyramid.
- Discussion of needed nutrition while breast feeding
Physiology of reproduction
- Discusses concept of sexuality as part of whole person and respect for the gift of fertility.
- Explain male fertility.
- Explain female menstrual cycle and fertility.
- Explain male reproductive anatomy and role in creating life.
- Explain female reproductive anatomy and role in creating life.
- Explain how and where and when conception occurs.
- Explain how and where and when implantation occurs.
- Review how fraternal and identical twins are conceived.
- Discusses respect of the ability to create new life and the differences between committed love and infatuation.
Lamaze – Labor & Delivery
- Discusses false labor and Braxton-Hicks contractions.
- Instruction for timing labor
- Discussion of signs that true labor is beginning- including
- mucus plug and bloody show
- effacement and dilation
- membrane rupture
- Early labor — what happens and what to do.
- Active labor — what happens and what to do.
- Transition stage — what happens and what to do.
- Discussion of Cesarean birth- reasons and procedures.
- Discussion of pushing, breathing, birth and expulsion of the placenta.
- Explanation of various medications and procedures for pain relief during labor and delivery.
- Explanation of medical equipment and procedures for labor and delivery.
- Tour of the OB department at the hospital.
- Discusses definitions of a family.
- Discusses functions of a family — socialization, language , values, rules, race, religion and ethnicity.
- Fun side of being a family.
- Explain — impact families can have on resident’s self-esteem.
- Developing baby’s personality — what sort of person will my baby become?
- Child’s spiritual training — teaching your child the qualities of living that reflect Christ — self control, patience, joy, obedience, meekness, gentleness, faith, kindness, goodness, peace, love. Also in discussion will be the appropriate and inappropriate types of love.
- Loving correction — what to do instead of shaking, spanking or hitting along with teaching alternative forms of discipline.
- Preventing child abuse
- definition of child abuse
- different forms of child abuse
- characteristic of child molesters
- precautions that parents should take in an effort to prevent child abuse
- Discusses ways to avoid domestic violence and healing.
Basic decision making
- Looking ahead — what do you see for yourself.
- A resident’s dreams — what do you want for yourself.
- Life line — looking back.
- Formula for making good decisions.
- A value system.
- Asks and explores the question “Is Parenting for me now?”
- Alternatives — using the new skills that the resident has learned, she can start applying to her life and that of her child’s.
Newborn care and feeding your baby
- Discuss and explain the basics of breast-feeding.
- Discuss and explain the basics of bottle-feeding.
- Discuss methods and timing of introduction to solid foods.
- Discuss sleeping patterns of an infant.
- Discuss and demonstrate bathing and hygiene for male and female infants.
- Discuss skin care — diaper rash, mileu, and cradle cap.
- Demonstrate proper diapering of an infant (disposable and cloth diaper).
- Demonstrate and explain proper use of bulb syringe.
- Discuss cleanliness, room temperature, clothing, visitors and safety for an infant.
- Demonstrate and explain positioning of an infant.
- Discuss calming methods for a fussy infant.
- Discusses the importance of a clean environment for you and your infant.
- Discuss and demonstrate proper cleaning methods.
- Discuss the proper use and disposal of cleaning products
- Defines self-esteem. What is it?
- Pinpoints good thing about yourself — becoming your own best friend.
- Discusses ways to nurture good self-esteem.
- Discusses ways to recognizing anger and ways to control anger.
- Explores different personalities and how they interact with each other.
- Discuss the importance of morals and a value system.
- Discusses ways to find happiness within yourself.
- Discusses how to look for a job.
- Discusses how to write a resume.
- Discusses how to dress for an interview — clothing, make up, decorum.
- Discusses how to apply for a job.
- Discusses how to apply to a college.
- Discusses job training–on going education, job skills.
- Discusses how to set up a budget.
- Discusses how to set up a checking account and a saving account.
- Discusses how to find an apartment. Lease signing and deposits to pay.
- Discusses how to set up appointments — doctors.
- Discusses the importance of keeping appointments and getting to work on time.
This is a time where residents meet together once a week with a counselor. It is a time for themselves where they can discuss their dreams, goals, fears. Here the residents can express their anger and problems in a safe and confidential environment. The counselor helps to redirect negative attitudes and focus the residents on to more positive solutions.
- Definition of chastity.
- Asks the question-why wait? Purpose of sex outside of marriage and married sex.
- Purpose of sexual activity. Is it right or wrong.
- Discusses negative consequences of sex outside of marriage. Regrets of having sex.
- Definition of abstinence.
- Discusses society’s view of sex versus God’s view of sex- establish a moral standard.
- Will consider the physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of practicing chastity and having sex outside of marriage. The positive and negative consequences to each.
- Discuss why chastity is the choice to controlling sexuality.
- Discuss what love is and what it isn’t.
- Discuss qualities of love demonstrated in a married sexual relationship and the qualities of lust which are demonstrated in sex outside of marriage.
- Discusses four ways to avoid lustful relationships.
- Learn dating guidelines that will help residents to practice chastity–ten steps to a committed relationship.
- Discusses ways of explaining a decision to practice chastity to resident’s boyfriend.
- Explain difference between physically expressing affection and arousing a person.
- Find acceptable ways to physically express affection during various stages of a relationship.
- Discuss impact of child’s father and child will have on resident’s dating relationships.
Depending on resident’s time and interest there are alternative classes that can be programmed into a resident’s schedule: crafts, sewing, quilting. All classes are taught by professionals in our community.