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Ogallala Community Hospital expands OB offerings


OGALLALA, NE (Dec. 6, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital has added a number of parenting classes, childbirth preparation classes and the services of a lactation consultant to expand offerings at the hospital for young families.

Gerty Wyatt, patient and family educator, is a certified lactation counselor, and coordinates the parenting classes for the hospital.

Classes include:

  • Breast feeding education classes and a support group
  • Prepared childbirth class with an option of taking classes
  • online
  • Infant care class
  • New mom support group
  • Classes to help parents improve relationships with children
  • Grief support
  • Caregiver support.

“We realize the importance of providing education and support opportunities to improve the health and well-being of families in Keith County and surrounding areas,” Wyatt said. “We know parents are busy and we have structured classes to accommodate different schedules as well as learning formats with online offerings and support groups. We are excited to be able to fulfill some of those needs.”

Wyatt also provides one-on-one education with brand-new moms to get a healthy start with breastfeeding. Research shows that breast milk is an important consideration for a baby’s health. New moms often prefer to breastfeed, but sometimes struggle with getting started. Wyatt can help them with:

  • Proper latch-on techniques to prevent soreness
  • Avoiding common problems
  • Advice on returning to work
  • Tips on using breast pumps.

She will visit the new moms who deliver their babies at Ogallala Community Hospital. The parenting classes, support groups and breastfeeding classes are all open to the community, though.
If you have questions about the classes, you can call Wyatt at (308) 284-0229.

New classes begin in January 2014. To register for a class, please call (800) 230-2273 (CARE). For a list of classes and dates, visit and go to the Classes and Events page.

About Banner Health Ogallala Community Hospital
Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, Neb., is part of Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems with 24 hospitals in seven states. OCH offers services including Emergency care, inpatient services, infusion therapy, medical imaging, orthopedics, surgery and women’s services. For more information, visit

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