The Coshocton County Beacon February 13, 2019 - Page 3

Maternal & Child Health Center off ering childbirth education classes COSHOCTON – No matter where you will deliver your baby, you will now be able to take childbirth education class- es in Coshocton thanks to the Maternal & Child Health Center. “Th ere have not been any classes off ered close since the (local) birthing unit closed in June 2014,” said Cindy Abood, prenatal nurse manager at the center. “We felt it was needed here.” Th e childbirth education classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, at the County Services Building, 724 S. Seventh St. in Room 145. Please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. on March 5 to provide insur- ance/payment information. All forms of Medicaid will be accepted. Bring your insur- ance card with you. For private insurance or no insurance the fee is $55 and that covers all four classes. Th e fee may be discounted according to the Maternal & Child Health Commissioners share concerns with legislative aide to Householder By Beth Scott COSHOCTON – Th e Coshocton County Commissioners met with Dan Cech, legislative aide to Rep. Larry Householder, on Wednesday, Feb. 6 during their regular meeting. Cech wanted to introduce himself to the commissioners and asked if there were any issues they would like relayed to Householder. Commissioner Curtis Lee opened the discussion on the most pressing issue of the county, which is the need for a new justice center. Built in 1974, it is the biggest liability for the county. Lee said that in a building that was meant to house 15 inmates, it now houses between 50 and 60 inmates on a regular basis. Th e building itself is also deteriorating and is not up to code. Two days prior to the meeting, the commissioners met with an architect to discuss a leakage problem with the roof. Th ree years ago, the county was ready to build a new justice center with the purchase of the lot at the corner of Walnut and Seventh streets. Not long after the commis- sioners purchased the property, they lost the MCO sales tax funding from the state, which attributed to the loss of $600,000 to $700,000 annually. Up until 1998, the state participated in up to 50 percent of construction for a new justice center facility. Th e com- missioners previously talked with Householder about re- instating that. Th ey said if that was reinstated, or the MCO sales tax funding was reintroduced, they could continue with plans for a new justice center. Th e commissioners also discussed a possible meeting with Householder and the other areas of the state he rep- resents, and also the concern for the amount of money the county spends on children in foster care or those born to drug-addicted mothers, which can be up to $300 to $400 a day for one child. Cech told the commissioners that he plans to attend their meetings at least once every other week and that he will relay these concerns to Householder. FEBRUARY 13, 2019 Center sliding fee scale. Cash or check payment only. How- ever, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Th e childbirth education classes will be taught by Alishia Virostko, child health nurse at the Maternal & Child Health Center. She worked in labor and delivery at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital from January 2002 to June 2014. “Anyone 28 weeks or more pregnant could benefi t from the classes,” Virostko said. “We will talk about the phases of labor, pain management, relaxation techniques, breathing techniques, a little bit about cesarean surgeries, early newborn care and postpartum care.” Classes will be off ered again in May. “We are hoping to do them every other month,” Virostko said. “Pregnant moms are welcome to bring a support person with them. Th at can be dad, mom, grandma, a friend or whomever they think is going to be their support person during labor. Having a support person is not a requirement though.” To register for the classes, call the Maternal & Child Health Center at 740-622-2999. “Going through these classes can help you feel more prepared and comfortable when labor hits,” Virostko said. Abood added that the classes are especially helpful for fi rst time mothers. “Th ey help decrease the fear of the unknown,” she said. Funding for the classes was made possible through a Coshocton Foundation grant that helped cover the cost of instructor certifi cation, class educational material and equipment. 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