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Pediatric Medicine

Pediatric medicine provides expert care for common problems to the most complex situations from birth through the teen years.

January

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN

This group is for new mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding. Baby Cafe is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information in a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. Registration is not required, this is a drop-in offering. 

Class Cancellations

If a class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo Clinic Health System reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If local schools are cancelled, so are prenatal education offerings. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Call 507-594-4607 for cancellation or postponement information.

February

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN

This class is recommended during the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include normal characteristics of the newborn, caring for baby, infant safety, family adjustments to the new baby, car seat safety, physical development and couplet care.

If there is inclement weather, cancellations will be announced on KCUE, the local radio station. You can also call Mayo Clinic Health System's switchboard at 651-267-5000. If a class is canceled for non-weather reasons, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email.

  

This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN

This class, which is available as an evening or Saturday session, is recommended during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Topics include progression of labor into birth, birth stories, options for pain relief, comfort measures, positioning and medication alternatives.

Class includes a tour of the BirthPlace. Saturday sessions include "Baby Care" class information.

If there is inclement weather, you can call Mayo Clinic Health System's switchboard at 651-267-5000 to see if class is canceled. If a class is canceled for non-weather reasons, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.


COVID Safety Requirements
All attendees should not have any symptoms of: New onset cough, fever/chills, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or Loss of sense of taste or smell. Attendees should not come to class if they have tested positive, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

  • All attendees must wear a surgical mask upon arrival—these will be provided by the hospital.
  • Attendees must maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household/family member attendees.
  • Frequent breaks will be scheduled, eating is not permitted in the classes.
Support Groups
Virtual

This virtual six-session group therapy program is for parents of children ages 4–15 who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

The group is facilitated by behavioral health professionals and utilizes behavior therapy and behavioral parent training to help those with children who have ADHD be a more effective parent.

Behavior therapy is an effective treatment for children with ADHD that can improve his or her behavior, self-control and self-esteem.

Behavioral parent training, or BPT, is the recommended first line of treatment for children diagnosed with ADHD. BPT teaches parents how to parent their children through positive parenting techniques. When used by parents, these techniques teach children to better control their own behavior, and lead to improved functioning at school, home and in relationships.

Participants will be expected to attend all sessions. A one-on-one introduction also will be scheduled to discuss the group format and set goals.

Fees apply for this program. Check with your insurance carrier as group therapy costs often are a covered service.

Upon registration, you will be contacted to ensure the class is the right fit for your family. After confirming you qualify for this class, staff will share the Zoom link with you.


March

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN

This class is designed to teach grandparents current concepts in prenatal and infant care, and how to best support new parents. Topics include changes in baby care and car seats.

If there is inclement weather, you can call Mayo Clinic Health System's switchboard at 651-267-5000 to see if class is canceled. If a class is canceled for non-weather reasons, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

 

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