Dignity Health’s St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center will offer the following free classes and support groups via Zoom.
For more information or to register for the first two classes, call (805) 988-2693 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a detailed message with full name and phone number.
Co-sponsored by the Camarillo Health Care District, a Healthier Living: Chronic Disease Self-Management class will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on consecutive Tuesdays: Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 and March 2.
Presenters Sister Suzanne Soppe and Blair Barker will teach participants how to manage their or a loved one’s chronic health condition. Topics will include exercise, medication, decision-making, emotions, healthy meal planning and communication skills.
February is American Heart Month. Dr. Terry Simpson, a bariatric surgeon at St. John’s hospitals and a certified culinary medicine specialist, will present a heart-healthy cooking class showing how to make a Mediterranean style meal for Valentine’s Day. The class will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 13.
A St. John’s registered dietitian will offer free nutrition counseling by phone in English and Spanish. For an appointment, call (805) 988-2709 or email Carolina. Villavicencio@dignityhealth.org.
For information on the following free support groups or to register, call (805) 988-2784.
None of the groups meet on holidays.
Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mom to Mom Peer Group is for pregnant and postpartum women who need time to explore the complex emotions that often come with motherhood.
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mommy and Me (newborn to 6 months) focuses on infant care and parenting issues. Participants will learn about infant CPR and child safety, infant massage and child development. Every class includes music and games that mothers and babies can enjoy together.
Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mommy and Me (6 to 12 months) teaches how to handle the new challenges and concerns that arise as baby gains mobility by sharing with others who are experiencing similar issues. Music and games are a part of every class.
First Saturday of the month, 10 to 11 a.m. Sibling Class prepares 2- to 10-year-olds for the birth of their baby sibling. This class will include what babies do and how they communicate, what an older sibling might feel about the new baby’s arrival and how they can help.
In addition, a St. John’s Baby Bistro Breastfeeding Support Group takes place Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees can nurture themselves and learn how to handle issues that may come up after leaving the hospital.
Topics include engorgement, latch difficulties, sore nipple management, establishing and maintaining an adequate milk supply, preparing to return to work, pumping, milk collection and storage, weaning and other shared concerns. Immediate breastfeeding questions and oneon one consultations are also available through Zoom.
To register or for more information, call St. John’s lactation office at (805) 988-2796.