Some women are described as “natural born mothers.” When you’re pregnant for the first time, those words can cause feelings of inadequacy and confusion. If other women are “natural mothers” while you feel nervous and unsure, then does that mean your child will get less than the best? But here’s the thing: the natural born mother is a myth. Every mom-to-be and dad-to-be can learn a lot through the prenatal classes we offer every month at the Pediatric Center of Round Rock.

Yes, it’s true that people have been raising babies ever since people existed, but while loving your child is instinctive, knowing specific information about how to care for a newborn is not. No one is born knowing whether to place a baby in the crib on her back, side, or stomach. No one is born knowing what medications should be in the home of every newborn. No one is born understanding the pros and cons of immunizations.

When bringing home a newborn, education is key

Although the “natural born mother” is a myth, here’s a fact: babies are the greatest natural resource any society can have. Research about infant health is ongoing, and the doctors and staff at the Pediatric Center of Round Rock stay current on the latest findings of the medical community. There are a lot of controversial issues out there, such as whether immunizations are helpful or harmful to your baby. You need to get all the facts so you can make the best possible decisions for your child’s health.

When you get a new job, the first thing your employer will do is train you for the task at hand. Becoming a parent will be the most important job you’ll ever have, and education is key. Prenatal classes introduce new moms and dads to the information they need now, before the real training begins – on-the-job training once the baby comes home.

So don’t worry if you don’t feel like you have all the answers. There is no such thing as a “natural born mother.” Every mother – and father – can learn by coming to one of our prenatal classes. We offer FREE prenatal classes every month. If you our someone you know is expecting or you just need a refresher course, call (512) 733-5437 to reserve your spot now.

2011 Prenatal Class Schedule at the Pediatric Center of Round Rock

All classes begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately one hour and are held the third Thursday of every month. Learn more at www.pediatriccenterofroundrock.com/round-rock-prenatal-classes.php

March 17 – TOMORROW NIGHT!
April 21
May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15

Call (512) 733-5437 to reserve your spot now for our next FREE Prenatal Class.

About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.