Local pediatrician Dr. Jim Thornton is among the people who will provide help for new parents at a free five-session class offered by First Presbyterian Church, 120 N. Sixth St. in Hannibal, Mo.
The class will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday nights from Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, according to Dr. Priscilla Long of First Presbyterian Church.
She said the church is providing the class – along with a free dinner each night – because the members want to help new parents.
She invited parents of children less than 1 year old, along with others who are the baby’s primary caregiver, such as a grandparent.
“We are going to have a number of experts,” Long said, adding the class will cover “some of the basics of parenting and enjoying your baby.”
Child care will be provided for children in fifth grade and under.
Transportation is available for parents living within 20 miles of Hannibal. This may be arranged by calling the church at (573) 221-2663.
“We are going to have a number of experts” leading the class, Long said. “Our experts will share information about baby health on a variety of topics.”
Some speakers, including Lou Lemen of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area, will focus on the resources available in Hannibal, Long said.
A physician will “speak about baby nutrition and answer questions on feeding and a variety of topics.”
Diane Addison will share the services offered by the Parents As Teachers organization.
Long encourages both parents attend all five sessions, explaining, “We will have attendance prizes and door prizes.
“We feel there is a real need in our society for learning how to be good parents, and it all starts with that tiny baby.
“The classes are going to focus on the first year of the baby’s life.”