Otsego Memorial Hospital offers a number of on-going health education programs, as well as seminars offered in response to community need. Please see our calendar of evente for upcoming classes and support groups.
The OMH Birthing Center offers a breastfeeding class several times throughout the year. Partners are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call (989) 731-2111.
Breastfeeding mothers may contact our experienced nursing staff at any time with questions about breastfeeding, or about postpartum breastfeeding concerns. Please call (989) 731-2112 to speak with a nurse regarding your concerns.
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A variety of courses, taught by an OMH Birthing Center registered nurse, are offered to expectant parents throughout th year. In addition to learning Lamaze breathing exercises, muscle tone exercises, and relaxation techniques, new parents will also receive instruction on caring for the new baby, breastfeeding, postpartum care of mom, Cesarean birth, testing done during the third trimester, nutrition, labor and delivery, and a tour of the OMH Birthing Center. The cost is $40 per couple, and Health Department vouchers are accepted.
Registration is encouraged by the 20th week of pregnancy. Please register early. Why should you sign up for childbirth education classes? 10 Reasons to Take Childbirth Classes (PDF)
An important parental responsibility begins with the selection and proper installation of a child safety seat. This responsibility begins the moment you bring hte baby home and continues every car ride thereafter. To schedule an inspection or for more information about this service, call (989) 731-2111.
Move Smart, Eat Right is a program designed to provide support and education to children whose weight and activity level places them at a risk for premature diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, elevated lipids, or other chronic conditions.
Normal growth and development are supported during the duration of the proram, while ultimately trying to decrease the Body Mass Index (BMI). The program is designed for children ages 2 to 18.
For more information about the program, please visit the Move Smart, Eat Right section of our website (complete with success story!), call the OMH Family Practice office at (989) 731-7860, or download the brochure: Move Smart, Eat Right (PDF).
Nutrition services are provided by our Registered Dietician, with extensive experience in health promotion and nutrition care. Medical Nutrition Therapy is the individual assessment and nutrition care planning for specific medical conditions. Nutrition classes offer more general help and guidance towards healthy eating with the emphasis on behavior modification. Referral from a physician or other licensed healthcare professional is required. Please call (989) 731-2247 for more information.
Professional healthcare providers are available to speak to groups and businesses on a variety of health topics. For more information, please call the OMH Foundation & Marketing Director at (989) 731-2342.
The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program, which already has helped thousands of smokers quit for good, is now available online!
Freedom From Smoking Online is an interactive course designed to educate and modify the behavior patterns of a smoker. The cessation program can be accessed day or night, 7 days a week, on any schedule the smoker chooses. No waiting lists in this program — it's ready whenever a smoker wants to start the process of quitting, and it's free of charge.
Freedom From Smoking Online, like all Freedom From Smoking materials , is based on developing positive behavior change, building a support network, and focusin on effective relaxation and weight loss strategies after quitting.
Diabetes education is an important part of successfully managing diabetes. Within our organization, there are many opportunities for those with pre-diabetes and diabetes to learn more about how to manage. To learn more about the programs available in our area, as well as take an assessment of your risk for type 2 diabetes, visit the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative website.