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Center for Birth and Growth: Childbirth & Parenting Education

Altoona Regional's Center for Birth and Growth provides help every step of the way through our Childbirth & Parenting Education Program.


EDUCATION COURSES
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Prepared Childbirth Classes: As the delivery date draws near, prepared childbirth classes become especially important. These classes are designed to help prepare expectant mothers and their coaches for a positive labor and delivery experience. Call (814) 889-2754.
Cesarean Childbirth Classes: If a mother has previously given birth by Cesarean section, her doctor may again recommend a Cesarean birth as the safest method of delivery for her baby. Our class can ease any apprehension an expectant mother would have about the procedure. Call (814) 889-2754.
Sibling Classes: Bringing a new baby home has an effect on an entire family, including older siblings. It is our goal to ease the adjustment for these children (typically ages 3 to 8). Our instructors will explain why mommy is gone, what the new baby will look like, what the new baby will be able to do and how to share their parents' time and love. Call (814) 889-2754.
Car Seat Loaner Program Our car seat loaner program allows parents to borrow a crash-tested newborn seat (rear facing) from the hospital. The charge for the seat is $40 and the agreement is for 10 months. Pennsylvania law states that:
  1. All children from birth to age 4 must be secured in an approved car seat anywhere in the vehicle, effective August 21, 1993. Violators of this primary law are subjected to a maximum fine of $100 plus EMS, Cat Fund and administrative fees.
  2. All children from 4 to age 8 must be secured in a seat belt system and an appropriate child booster seat anywhere in the vehicle, effective February 21, 2003. Violators of this secondary law are subjected to a maximum fine of $100 plus court costs, EMS, Cat Fund and administrative fees.
  3. All children from age 8 to 18 must be secured in a seat belt system anywhere in the vehicle, effective February 21, 2003. Violators of this secondary law are subjected to a $10 fine plus EMS, Cat Fund and Administrative Fees.
All drivers are responsible for securing children in the appropriate restraint system.
Call Safe Kids Blair County at (814) 889-7802.
Nursing Mothers' Support System: Breastfeeding a baby can be a wonderful experience that creates a special bond between mother and child. It can also, however, be a time of adjustment as a mother embarks upon a new learning experience. We provide information to help make the breastfeeding experience easier and more enjoyable for both mother and baby. Personal one-to-one instruction with our trained nurses is provided during a mother's hospital stay. A free 24-hour problem-solving network, which offers mothers immediate assistance with breastfeeding-related concerns, is available. For more information, please call the Breastfeeding Support Phone Line at (814) 889-2310.
Child Seat Installation Check Up Station: Car seats work best when they are installed correctly. However, this isn't as easy as it appears and a baby's life may depend upon the car seat working properly. We encourage parents to stop at our Child Seat Installation Check Up Station to learn how to safely secure a child's car seat in a vehicle. Located on the Blue Level of the Altoona Hospital campus parking garage, the inspection station will promote car seat safety year-round. Inspections are scheduled for the second Friday of each month. Appointments must be made by calling Safe Kids Blair County at (814) 889-7802.

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