Leah Knutson, recent guest speaker at Hudson’s birthing classes, and her son Bennett enjoy the warm, fuzzy cap he’ll wear this fall and winter. Marilyn Strandquist, hospital volunteer, knits the caps provided to guest speakers who share their story with the Childbirth and Family Education program at Hudson Hospital & Clinic.
Knitted with care, colorful caps are a special gift for babies of parents who share their experiences with expectant parents at Hudson’s childbirth classes. Parents, who have recently gone through the birthing experience at Hudson, are asked to speak to new parents now taking childbirth education classes. They share recent birthing experiences at either the Childbirth Class Five Week Series or Childbirth Weekend Express Class.
“I find that new parents really love to hear personal, ‘real- life’ stories from those who have recently gone through the birthing and newborn experience. Ideally I try to find two families that have different experiences; maybe one with a natural birth, and if possible a C-section birth,” says Paige Lewis, Childbirth and Family Educator, Hudson Hospital & Clinic. To thank families for volunteering their time and energy, they receive a guest speaker gift –a warm knit cap for their little one. These hand knit hats are knitted with care by a long-standing employee and now volunteer, Marilyn Strandquist. She’s been part of the rich history of Hudson Hospital & Clinic for many years – and now her gifts are as well!
Parents also share information beyond the birth experience with the class, such as what the first few weeks or months have been like since they brought the new baby home. This is helpful information for families to learn and gain a perspective about transitions from real-life stories that parents share. Bringing their babies to class is also a big attraction. Other topics in these sessions include caring for newborns, care schedules, and establishing routines.