new parents

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Becoming a parent can be overwhelming physically, mentally and emotionally. There’s a lot to learn, but Norman Regional is here to help.

  1. Text 4 Baby

Text4Baby is a free service that sends text messages right to your phone with helpful information to guide you through pregnancy, delivery and the first year of your baby’s life. An accompanying app helps you track your baby’s progress and more. Learn more and sign up here. 

  1. Childbirth Classes

We can help prepare you for the actual delivery process. Visit Norman Regional’s Online Class Registration page and select the “Expectant Family Services” on the left for a list of currently offered classes. 

  1. Lactation Consultants

Norman Regional has  multiple board-certified lactation consultants on staff to assist mothers with breastfeeding. Our lactation consultants are also available on an outpatient basis to see mothers who have left the hospital. Norman Regional’s nurses are also trained in breastfeeding assistance and can help mothers and babies who wish to breastfeed. Contact us to learn more. 

  1. During Your Stay: the Newborn Channel

Norman Regional’s HealthPlex has televisions in all private patient rooms. On Channel 2, you can find baby care information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Short videos cover a variety of topics including nutrition tips for mom and baby, breastfeeding information, car seat safety, the period of “purple crying,” and much more. Tune in while you’re in the hospital

  1. PURPLE Cry DVD – free for Norman Regional parents

The “Period of PURPLE Crying” is a normal phase of baby’s development when he or she cries often. The period begins around two weeks of age and continues until about 4 months of age. The letters of PURPLE stand for:

  • Peak of crying
  • Unexpected
  • Resists soothing
  • Pain-like face
  • Long lasting
  • Evening

All parents at Norman Regional's HealthPlex will be given a free, helpful DVD about Purple Crying when they leave the hospital.

If you are grieving the loss of a child, see our resources for grieving parents.