Life Saving Peace of Mind: Infant CPR

This next Infant CPR Class at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, is scheduled for Monday, August 5, at 6 p.m in the Dietary Conference Room. The basics of CPR, choke-saving skills, home safety and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are discussed and a practice session is also included. The course is designed to provide help until EMS arrives.

The cost of the class is $10.

For more information, and couples discount, call: 877-527-3712.

Even before my grandson was born, I was thinking about how to be the best caregiver for the newest member of our family. I could hardly wait to be asked to babysit, but I wondered if it might be time for a refresher. It had been a while, after all, since someone his age had depended on me to keep him safe and healthy.

There’s no Grandparenting 101 class that I’m aware of, but when I saw a notice about Infant CPR classes at Piedmont Fayette, I signed up.

On a chilly Monday evening in February, I arrived a little early for my class, which met in a conference room near the west entrance. We were a small trio of students: myself and a young couple expecting their first child. The instructor was Jan Mannion, a lactation consultant at Piedmont Fayette who began offering the class nine years ago.

“Our NICU parents have to take this class before their baby is discharged from NICU, but we know it is important information for everyone,” Jan said. “So, I started offering the class monthly.”

Last year, she added it to the monthly Baby Basics Class, a class for first-time parents. She kept a Monday night class for grandparents, babysitters or other parents who wanted to take it but did not want the full Baby Basics Class.

“I love teaching all the classes and seeing the enthusiasm of new parents or first-time grandparents,” Jan says. “Classes are a part of the birthing experience that becomes a memory of a lifetime.”

Informational materials and an infant-sized manikin were waiting for each of us at each of our stations. Jan shared a short video then taught us the basics of infant CPR. The class lasted about an hour.

The three most important things I learned to do in an emergency are to:

  1. Remain calm
  2. Call 911
  3. Put the phone on speaker so that dispatchers can give guidance until emergency responders arrive on the scene. If there is someone with you, have them call 911 and put the phone on speaker. 

In addition to teaching basic CPR and how to help a child who is choking, the class addresses safe infant sleep practices, which have changed dramatically since I was a parent.

“The SIDS prevention part of the class is eye-opening for grandparents as they see the changes in the past 20 years since the Back to Sleep Campaign,” she said.

The National Institute of Health now recommends placing infants on their backs. A designated area with no soft objects, toys, or loose bedding is also recommended.

So far, thankfully, I have not had to deploy the emergency response skills I acquired in Jan’s class. Hopefully, we’ll breeze through these happy days and years ahead without incident. Should the need arise, however, I am much more confident than I would have been without Jan’s calming instruction.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or anyone who may take care of a child, I highly recommend the Infant CPR Class at Piedmont Fayette. Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of preparedness and peace of mind.


Piedmont Fayette Helps New Parents Prepare

Approximately 2,500 babies are born each year at Piedmont Fayette Hospital and some of their parents are first-timers. In order to ease any concerns about being new to parenthood or caring for a baby, Piedmont Fayette’s Family Care Center offers a number of classes each month to get the entire family ready for the experience.

The first thing that each soon to be parent can do is take a tour of the maternity center. This free tour, which takes place every Thursday at 6 p.m. and one Sunday a month, provides expectant families a chance to tour the maternity center, including labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The tour also gives parents a chance to ask any questions about the admissions process.

First-time parents will also want to check out Baby Basics/Infant CPR. This two-hour class provides information and guidance related to the care of a newborn, including diapering, burping, feeding, immunization, signs of illness and more. The class will also focus on Infant CPR and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prevention. Baby Basics/Infant CPR is offered once a month for a fee of $10. The next class is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 3.

There will be a separate Infant CPR and Choking class offered on Monday, August 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. This class discusses the basics of CPR, choke-saving skills, home safety and SIDS prevention. The fee for the class is $10.

A popular class for new mothers is Breastfeeding Basics, which can help expectant mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding for baby and Mom and proper latch and positioning. There will also be information about breast pumps, returning to work and common breast feeding challenges. This class is also offered once a month for a fee of $10. The next class will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 3.

Expectant parents who want to know what to expect during childbirth should attend Childbirth Preparation on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This all day class offers information on recognizing signs and stages of labor, planned/unplanned caesarean births, induction and augmentation of labor, pain management, and the role of the support person. The fee for this class is $100 and includes a tour of the maternity center. This class will be offered again on August 10,

Sometimes it isn’t just parents who are excited about a new baby. Sometimes, there is a sibling at home ready to become a big brother or sister. Sibling class is open to ages 2 to 10 years old and is offered once a month. Children learn what to expect when Mom is in the hospital and when the baby comes home. There will be a tour of the maternity center and each child will pick a gift for the new baby and receive a big brother or big sister shirt. The fee for the class is $10. The class will be offered on Monday, Aug. 12.

To get more information on any of these classes, or to register, visit

Joyce Beverly

Former publisher of Fayette Woman, Joyce Beverly spends her time now helping others realize their dreams by writing and editing books and helping families preserve their legacies through story-telling.

July 16, 2019