Workshop for educating expectant mothers about all aspects of motherhood
Workshop held at Village Kila Raipur
Ludhiana: The district administration today organised a workshop for expectant mothers at village Kila Raipur of district Ludhiana. Under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, this project is the brainchild of Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Mrs Amrit Singh, under which, the expectant mothers are being educated about various phases, starting from pregnancy to motherhood by holding such workshops.
For this purpose, leading city gynaecologist Dr Neelam Sodhi have been assisting the district administration along with the team of District Red Cross Society Ludhiana and some NGOs. These workshops are being organised in all 13 blocks of district Ludhiana on rotational basis and would cover all rural as well as urban areas.
Around 70 expectant mothers took part in today’s workshop at village Kila Raipur in the presence of their mother-in-law’s and family members.
While providing information, Mrs Amrit Singh stated that the first-time mothers-to-be often have lots of questions and even some worries such as How will I know I'm in labor? Will my baby know how to breastfeed? How do I care for a newborn? “Workshops to prepare the expectant mothers for childbirth, breastfeeding, infant care, and parenting are great ways to lessen anxiety and build confidence,” informed Mrs Amrit Singh.
The list of topics covered in these antenatal workshops include symptoms of pregnancy, calculating expected date of delivery, common problems encountered during pregnancy, what information needs to be given to the doctor for ANM at the first visit, when and where to return for antenatal visits, emergency signs, etc. Besides, the expectant mothers would also be educated about maintaining hygiene in surrounding environment during pregnancy and post delivery while taking care of the baby, vaccination of baby, milestones development of the baby, the baby's diet after weaning, investigations blood and ultrasound : timing and importance of each, routine treatment which is essential in pregnancy, tetanus toxoid injections, anaemia and its importance in maternal and child health, diet: importance of different components, myths and misconceptions: what to do, what not to do, importance of physical fitness and exercises.
Besides this, the mothers were also educated about issues related to emotional fitness such as what to expect in each trimester and how the baby grows, labour signs and preparation, when to go to the hospital, explaining labour pains: what to expect, cesarean sections, forceps delivery, breastfeeding, post delivery care, diet, physical and emotional fitness, etc.
Mrs Amrit Singh stated that the expectant mothers were educated about all aspects related to pregnancy in the presence of their mother-in-law’s and other family members. She said that the expectant mothers were taught as to which things they need to pack in a bag when their due date is nearing.
She said that if any doctor or NGO or social organisation or educational institution want to become part of this programme, they can contact the District Red Cross Society Ludhiana at their phone number 0161-2444923 or through their email ID [email protected] She said that if any organisation wants to organise this workshop at their premises, they can also contact the District Red Cross Society Ludhiana at the above-mentioned phone number or email ID.