Nena Yniguez demonstrates a breast pump, part of the training she gives in her education classes and breastfeeding support servces and consultation at Wilcox Hospital. Photo by Anne E. O'Malley

Nena Yniguez demonstrates a breast pump, part of the training she gives in her education classes and breastfeeding support services and consultation at Wilcox Hospital. Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

 

Childbirth & Parenting Education

by Anne E. O’Malley

As natural as birthing a child may be, moms and dads don’t have all the answers — and certainly not their first time around. That leaves a big learning curve, and Magdalena “Nena” Yniguez, certified childbirth educator (CCE), certified lactation specialist (CLS) and patient care services representative at Wilcox Memorial Hospital has made it her life’s work to fill in the blanks.

“Knowledge is power, and if you can have power and knowledge before coming into delivery, whether here at Wilcox, or at Home Birth Kaua`i or at KVMH, you will be prepared and have the right tools,” says the educator with 16 years’ experience.

She teaches “Childbirth & Parenting,” a six-week course held at the hospital that covers the gamut of what parents-to-be need to know. Week one covers discomfort and warning signs.

Nena Yniguez between then expecting parents Rey-naldo Tabalba, who holds a baby doll for practice, and his wife Erica. Photo courtesy of the Tabalbas

Nena Yniguez between then expecting parents Rey-naldo Tabalba, who holds a baby doll for practice, and his wife Erica. Photo courtesy of the Tabalbas

Says Yniguez, referring to a recent incident, “A couple having their first child — she was 35 weeks pregnant — went home after the first class and she felt something was wrong, returned to the hospital in pre-term labor and had her baby.”

The woman wrote a letter expressing her gratitude for what she learned in that first class. Yniguez says the new mother wrote that without the information she learned in that first class, “My baby may not have made it.”

During the six weeks, couples learn about Cesarean birth, newborns, medications and hospital procedures, labor and delivery, postpartum and breastfeeding. Yniguez teaches everything from exercise and breathing techniques to labor and delivery and breastfeeding.

Yniguez stays linked with couples usually until a couple of months after the infant’s birth, and is available by phone or visit.