By Carolina Boyd
Pregnancy can be an exciting yet anxious time for a woman. Whether it is her first pregnancy or her last, there can be a lot to learn about what to do before and after the baby arrives. Legacy Community Health offers Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien (BAM) classes to help our pregnant patients prepare for motherhood.
“There is a lot of anxiety for women during pregnancy. By enrolling in the Becoming a Mom classes, they can be better prepared for life after their baby arrives,” said Legacy Patient Educator Mayra Tamez.
According to the March of Dimes, prenatal education is crucial for a healthy pregnancy.The program consists of four classes and helps expectant mothers manage stress, support a healthy diet, recognize warning signs and symptoms that mean something may be wrong with their pregnancy, as well as prepare for labor and delivery.
“The information and knowledge that our patients gain as part of the program help families to have full-term pregnancies, as well as healthy birth weights,” said Tamez.
The BAM program ends with a graduation ceremony and baby shower, which includes fun activities like games and a drawing for prizes. Legacy holds baby showers about six times per year at two locations, one at Legacy Southwest and a separate joint shower for Legacy’s Montrose, Santa Clara and Fifth Ward clinics.
BAM classes are currently available in both a group and one-on-one setting at all Legacy clinics that have a Patient Educator (excluding our School-Based Health locations). Enrolling in the BAM program is as easy as signing up for classes at one of our participating clinics or with a health care provider. To learn more about Legacy’s Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien program, call 832-548-5000.