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CMNH to make Ascension Via Christi childbirth, family education classes available at no cost to all participants

Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph's NewLife Center has a wealth of childbirth and family education classes designed to help expectant parents and their newborns get off to a healthy start – which as of today (July 1) are offered at no cost to participants.

Classes include such things as childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, infant massage, baby care, sibling and grandparent classes, car seat safety and more, offered at various times throughout each month to ensure parents are prepared for their big day and beyond.

They are now available at no cost to new and expectant parents thanks to a grant from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Ascension Via Christi designed to remove any financial barrier to parents accessing the support they need to welcome and care for their newborns.

"We want expectant parents’ birth experience personalized to meet their needs," said Laurie Labarca, hospital president. "We believe that starts with being well educated as to expect prior to coming to the hospital, during your stay and once they return home."

NewLife Center navigator Toni Howard, RN, who coordinates the childbirth and family education classes and tours, agreed, noting, "The costs of preparing for a new addition to the family can add up quickly, but there is so much value to the classes we offer. Thanks to Children's Miracle Network, parents won't have to weigh the benefit of those classes against what their budget can afford."

Kara Warkentine, who directs Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Ascension Via Christi, said she's excited to see funds raised locally being used to help ensure families’  access to care.

"We’ve long been known for the help that we provide to sick and injured children throughout Kansas," said Warkentine. "Now every family who delivers at the NewLife Center at St. Joseph will benefit from CMN support."

David Alexander, Ascension Via Christi's vice president of Philanthropy, agrees, noting, "Supporting healthy families and healthy babies is at the heart of our mission.”

For a complete listing of childbirth and family education classes offered by the NewLife Center or schedule a tour, go to For information about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Ascension Via Christi, go to viachristi/cmnh.


About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.