MCH Doing Away With Birthing Classes Offered in Person, Now Offered Online Only

MCH Doing Away With Birthing Classes Offered in Person, Now Offered Online Only

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Medical Center Hospital is doing away with birthing classes and giving expectant parents a more modern approach. People can now take these classes online in the comfort of their own home.

This isn't her first rodeo, but even so, second-time mother Heather Tindol said birthing classes are something she wishes she hadn't missed out on.

"I just never had a way to get to them," Tindol said.

Medical Center Hospital is hoping to make it easier for expectant parents with online classes.

"Nowadays with people getting more online, and getting involved on social media, they like to do stuff on their computers," Marla Renfro, R. N. and Lactation Specialist, said.

MCH decided to get rid of classes offered in person to better meet the needs of the community. Whether it's transportation issues or busy schedules, sometimes life just gets in the way.

"They would come the first couple of nights and then as the time went on, they had obligations outside," Renfro said. "They're busy, they're all working and it's hard to get both the mom and the dad up there."

With just a click, folks can now learn the same information that was taught in person.

"It covers everything from the labor and delivery experience to newborn care," Renfro said. "Some of the breastfeeding information."

It's also interactive.

"You can click on and watch videos, there are things that you can print out," Renfro said.

Parents-to-be aren't alone in this. An MCH nurse is just a phone call away.

"Our numbers are gonna be available so if they have any questions during the class when they're doing the class online, they can call us," Renfro said.

Whether you're a first-time parent or you know what to expect like Heather, the more knowledge the better.

"You can never learn enough, you can never be too prepared," Heather said.

If you're interested in taking these online classes, they cost $30. You can sign up at You can also call the MCH Center for Women and Infants at 432-640-BABY.