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What to Expect When You're Expecting & Beyond

Greenwich Hospital’s annual Pregnancy Primer educates parents-to-be

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Greenwich, CT | Added on January 12, 2014 At 03:00 PM

Greenwich Hospital put expectant mother's worries at ease with their 8th Annual Pregnancy Primer Sunday.

Patricia Beirne, Program Director for Women and Children's Services at Greenwich Hospital said, "Knowledge is powerful. The more knowledge the mom has to plan a pregnancy or to go into a pregnancy, the stronger she feels. When she knows how to get to our emergency room, where to park the car, all the "silly" little things that play in a mothers mind, if we can ease her of those so she can really concentrate on staying healthy during her pregnancy, we find that it's very helpful to the parents.

The event allowed parents-to-be to "shop" for resources and find out what to expect when they're expecting and beyond.

First time mom Jennifer Mastri said, "We're expecting in two months and it's gone by so fast. We're giving birth here at Greenwich Hospital and it's our first children so there's a lot of anxiety surrounding it. We just wanted to get a better layout of the hospital, meet some of the nurses. We're looking to find a pediatrican so we got to meet some of them here which was great and I feel a little more comfortable!"

Gina Pellegrino, mother of one with another one on the way said, "It's my second and I haven't had a baby in 5 years so it's kind of a refresher. I wanted to get the information on the classes and familarize [myself] with the hospital and refresh my brain."

From OBGYN's to pediatricians and more, there was someone on hand to answer parents' questions. 

Dr. Ronald Reiss, MD a practicing Obstetrician at Greenwich Hospital said, "There's some poeple here looking for obstetricians, pregnant or not pregnant and the ones that have an obstetrician that is already on staff here get to look at the other services, get a tour of the labor room so that their comfort level when they come to have their baby is at the level that they expect. 

"What we do now is really encourage the mothers to attend our classes. We have our Tender Beginnings classes which offers multiple classes. Classes on grandparenting, yoga, breastfeeding, C-section; those are the services we offer to keep the mothers in tune all year long," said Beirne. 

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