Keeping your new baby safe will be a top priority before he or she is even born. This one-session class reviews two important yet often overlooked topics - infant CPR and infant car seat safety. It can be taken before or after pregnancy, and is recommended for parents and any regular caregivers (grandparents, etc.).
In the first half, Newborn ICU nurse Louise Dunphy teaches parents and caregivers how to recognize an infant needing emergent intervention, how to provide choking relief for an infant with an obstructed airway, and how to perform CPR. Safe sleeping and protecting against SIDS are also covered. Families receive a DVD and inflatable practice doll in their CPR kit to practice at home.
The second half of the class reviews ways to keep your infant safe when in the car, ensure they are buckled in properly every time, and includes one-on-one help with car seat installation by certified child passenger safety technician, Ashley Minihan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that 3 out of 4 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Ensure that you are not part of this statistic by getting your car seat installed properly. Bring your car seat and any applicable parts (base, etc.) for help with installation. If you don't have your car seat available yet, Ashley will gladly meet with you at a later date to help put it in. You may also email her directly to schedule a one-on-one safety review and seat installation.
COVID Update: Due to the nature of these classes, we are not able to offer them online. Registration is limited to 10 couples that will be divided into 2 rooms with 5 couples each. Ashley will teach one room while Louise teaches in the other, and then midway they will switch rooms so that all participants receive both segments of the class. Grandparents and other regular caregivers are welcome to join you via Facetime or they can register separately to reserve a spot. Read about our COVID response to ensure your safety during in-person classes.
Instructors: Louise Dunphy, BSN, RNC-NIC (Infant CPR) and Ashley Minihan, CPST (Car Seat Safety)
Location: Old Stone Church, 251 Main St., East Haven
Upcoming Dates: All classes are in-person on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.