Interested in learning about the brain and pain? Want to know what’s new in cancer screening? Need diabetes education and information on how stress affects your health? Turn to O’Connor Hospital’s community lecture series, a diverse menu of health and wellness classes. Offered for free, unless otherwise noted, the programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects that share a common goal: to improve and maintain the health of our community.
Living Well Community Health Education Classes
All Classes are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (unless noted otherwise) and are FREE.
Register online or call (800) 220-0182.
O’Connor Hospital Medical Office Building Auditorium
2101 Forest Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128
The fall Living Well class schedule is being finalized and will be available in August 2013.
Pregnancy and Parenting Classes
Childbirth Preparation Class Series (4 weeks)
This four week series is designed to provide the woman and her support person with information on pregnancy changes; signs and symptoms of labor; admission procedures; stages of labor and delivery; medical interventions; pain medication options including Epidural Anesthesia overview; Cesarean births; postpartum care; car seat safety; and Lamaze Breathing and Relaxation techniques. A tour of the Family Center is included. Classes meet on Tuesday evenings in the Medical Office Building Auditorium 2101 Forest Ave; $100/couple.
Saturday Childbirth Preparation (One Day Express Class)
This eight-hour class is designed for the woman and her support person who want to receive the childbirth information in one day. The class content is the same as the four-week series (see above). A tour of the Family Center and lunch are included. Medical Office Building Auditorium 2101 Forest Ave; $90/couple.
Infant Care Class
This class is designed for expectant parents and other caregivers. Basic infant care is discussed. Bathing and diapering will be practiced on a doll. Umbilical cord and circumcision care, feeding concerns, and coping mechanisms are discussed, as well as newborn growth and development patterns. SIDS precautions are covered. Sister Rosalie Weeknight and Saturday classes offered. $35/couple.
Infant & Child CPR Class
Instruction of Infant & Child CPR with two-year certification option. Relief of foreign body airway obstruction (choking) and safety measures discussed. Weeknight classes offered. $40/person or $75/couple.
Family Center Tours
Tours of the Maternity Unit are given once each week during the evening and one weekday afternoon a month. Reservations required. FREE. Call (408) 947-2699.
New Mom’s Support Group
Drop-in support group provides hands-on help and answers questions about newborn care and breastfeeding. Cost is FREE and open to all new moms. Medical Office Building Auditorium, O’Connor Hospital. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm; meets every Monday except public holidays.
This two hour prenatal class provides the essential information couples need to get off to a successful start with breastfeeding. The topics include the structure and function of the breast; the compelling benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby; position and latch technique; milk initiation and maintenance; how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk; strategies for dealing with common issues that new moms face with breastfeeding; the role of the Lactation Center and their lactation consultants; community resources for assistance after hospital discharge.
Weeknight and Saturday classes offered. $30/couple.
“Get Pumped: Strategies for Nursing Mothers Returning to Work or School”
New breastfeeding class provides moms with skills and confidence to transition back to work. The class focuses on: understanding your rights to breastfeed at work; establishing a breastfeeding routine; pumping, handling and storing your milk; maintaining your milk supply; getting your baby to take the bottle after months of breastfeeding; and discussion about breast pumps. The class meets Mondays, January 28, March 25 and May 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Medical Office Building Auditorium. Cost is $20 per class. Babies are welcome.
Natural Expressions Lactation Center
A full service center providing counseling, consulting, and products. Board Certified (IBCLC) Lactation Consultants available at the request of the physician, nurse, or mother. Breast pump rental available. (408) 947-2743.
Lactation Support Warm Line (408) 947-2743
Speak with a certified lactation consultant for breastfeeding questions and support. Voicemail messages will be reviewed daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Learning Circles
Learning circles are monthly workshops for caregivers that offer useful techniques and information that can be used in various situations. Topics covered include managing difficult behaviors, legal and financial issues, medication management, caregiver self-care, and many others. Meets the second Saturday of the month in the Medical Staff Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Heather Gray at (650) 623-3133, Craig Wingate at (650) 623-3144 or visit www.alznorcal.org/Calendar_SupportGroups.htm.
Chinese Cancer Support Group
Chinese Cancer Patient Support Group meets bi-monthly, during even months (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct and Dec) on the third Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Medical Office Building Auditorium. Call Shao-ying Cheng, American Cancer Society, at (510) 797-0600, ext 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diabetes Support Group
Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Cafeteria Rooms A & B. Topics vary each month.
For more information contact Connie Krashoc, MS, RD, CDE at (408) 947-2960.
ICD Support group
Education and support for patients who have an Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator device. Meets the third Wednesday of the odd month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Cafeteria Room A & B. Contact Sonia Blazensky, RN at email@example.com or (408) 947-2994.
New Mom’s Support Group
Drop-in support group provides hands-on help and answers questions about newborn care and breastfeeding. Cost is FREE and open to all new moms. Medical Office Building Auditorium, O’Connor Hospital. 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; meets every Monday except public holidays.
Northern California Neuroendocrine Cancer Fighters Support Group
For survivors of Carcinoid, Pancreatic Islet cell, and related neuroendocrine cancers and their caregivers, family and friends. Serves all Northern California. Usually meets second Saturday of (odd) months, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Cafeteria Rooms A & B. Meeting dates for 2013 are January 19, March 9, May 11, July 13, September 14, and November 9. Contact Kathy Arbanasin at (209) 334-0524 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm meeting dates or for further information.
Silicon Valley Ostomy Support group
If you have had, or are preparing for Ostomy surgery, join us to learn more. Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Cafeteria Rooms A & B. For more information, call (408) 532-0440, go to www.svosg.org.
South Bay Neuropathy Support Group
Meets on the third Saturday, January – October, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the De Paul Conference Room. Open to the public. Contact Stan Pashote at (510) 490-4456, or visit www.pnhelp.org.
Stroke Support Group
Facilitated by staff therapists at O’Connor Hospital, the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Cafeteria Rooms A & B, 1st floor. This group is open to stroke survivors and caregivers. For more information, call Marianne Heidtmann at (408) 947-2543.
Health Services, Screenings and Resources
FREE weekly blood pressure screenings, Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m., Cardiac Rehab Dept. (first floor). Drop-ins welcome.
O’Connor Hospital Health Science Online Library
Visit the MedlinePlus selection for access to a public portal offering a myriad of health-related information.
O’Connor Hospital Cancer Care Library and Resource Center
Located on the 5th floor. Materials in English and Spanish.
Consultation Services/Lifestyle Management
O’Connor Hospital Center for Sports Medicine
Fitness assessments, personal training, performance enhancement training, pilates instruction, and free BMI /body fat analysis. (408) 947-2522.
Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program
Sponsored by Spiritual Care
Free introductory session (drop-ins welcome) Wednesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in O’Connor Hospital Cardiac Rehab (1st. Floor), followed by eight consecutive Wednesdays, and an one-day weekend session 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $300 (+ $25 materials); scholarships are available. (408) 947-2888 or visit www.mindfulnessprograms.com
Fertility Care Creighton Model
Take control of your fertility without harmful chemicals. This method may be used at any stage of a woman’s reproductive life. Introductory classes offered monthly in English and Spanish at a cost of $30. Individual instruction is also given by appointment for an additional fee. Call Dolores Moreno, FCP, at (408) 947-2847. Class Schedule.
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