Welcome to the Family Education/ Support Department of Lee Health

Birth is a natural part of life, but the experience sometimes can make new and expecting parents feel unprepared or overwhelmed.

The Family Education/Support Department of Lee Health offers personalized and family-centered care to prepare parents for the birth of a child.

Mother-infant bonding is a vital part of the birth experience, and breastfeeding is strongly encouraged. Our board certified lactation consultants and certified breast-feeding counselors are available at three locations:

Cape Coral Hospital

Gulf Coast Medical Center

HealthPark Medical Center

Classes should be finished 3-4 weeks prior to your due date.

Childbirth Preparation:

Understand the birthing process, choices in obstetrics, birthing fundamentals, breathing, relaxation, Cesarean preparation, breastfeeding fundamentals, and mother/baby care.

Childbirth Preparation classes are conducted by nurses nationally certified by the International Childbirth Education Association.

Lee Health offers two different childbirth preparation education programs. 

 

1. YoMingo Pregnancy and Parenting Course

Are you expecting? Lee Health offers anytime, anywhere education through YoMingo, a program designed to give you convenient access to valuable information. It includes the tools and support you need at every stage of pregnancy, birth and beyond.

YoMingo gives you access to:

  • Evidence-based education on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care
  • Information specific to your arrival and stay at Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center or HealthPark Medical Center
  • Community health resources
  • List of available classes and support groups
  • Pregnancy milestones
  • Kick counter
  • Contraction timer
  • Feeding log
  • Personal journal

To sign up for this education powered by YoMingo, please click here.

  • Once you have clicked the link, you will be asked to answer a few questions, then click “Submit”.
  • You will receive an email invitation to log into YoMingo that contains a link, your user name, and your temporary password. You will be required to create a new password upon the first login.
  • Once you have logged in the first time, you can access YoMingo on any device that has an internet connection, or you may also download the free “MyYoMingo” app from the Droid play app store on your device, then log into the app using the same user name and password. The iPhone app will be coming soon.
  • If you ever forget your password, just go to the login page on your web browser, myyomingo.com, or open up your app, and click “Forgot password” and then you can re-set it.
  • This is available on any device and comes in multiple languages.

For any questions or concerns, please contact 239-343-5271 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday or email Prenatal-class@leehealth.org

Disclaimer: The information in YoMingo is NOT intended to take the place of a healthcare provider or any information that your healthcare provider has discussed with you about your own personal health and the health of your baby. It is imperative and advised that you find prenatal care and work with your healthcare provider throughout your pregnancy to keep yourself and your baby happy, healthy, and safe. Always call your healthcare provider with any question you may have about your pregnancy and baby. By creating an account in YoMingo, you have verified that you have read and agree to this disclaimer.

Already registered? Log in to YoMingo Pregnancy and Parenting Course here.

2. Traditional Childbirth Preparation Class. This class will provide five (5) hours of traditional classroom instruction and a tour of the birthing facilities at HealthPark Medical Center. The class will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM at HealthPark Medical Center.

The cost of the childbirth preparation programs are $60 per couple.

To view class dates and register online click here or for more information, please call 239-343-5271 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

You are encouraged to complete your classes within 3-4 weeks PRIOR to your due date.

3. Tours of the Family Birth Suites.

Click here for a virtual tour of all three of our birthing suites

  • HealthPark Medical Center: Traditional tours are offered Mondays at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 2:00 pm. To view tour dates and register online click here.
  • Cape Coral Hospital: Traditional tours are offered Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm by appointment only. Call 239-424-2217 to schedule an appointment.
  • Gulf Coast Medical Center: Traditional tours are offered by appointment only. Call 239-343-0744 to schedule an appointment.

Breastfeeding

Plan to give your baby the best possible start. Learn about breast-feeding fundamentals and common problems encountered in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Classes are offered once per month on a Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm at HealthPark Medical Center and every other month on a Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gulf Coast Medical Center. All classes are taught by board certified lactation consultants. The cost of the breastfeeding class is $20 per couple.

To view class dates and register online click here or for more information call 239-343-5271

 

Baby Care & Car Seat Safety:

This is a private session and is perfect for expecting first time parents and/or grandparents. The cost is $25 for the expecting parents and a support person. Learn the basics of infant care and ways to prevent injuries occurring in children, including car seat safety.
To register, please call 239-343-5101 for Lee County or 239-254-5960 for Collier County.

Pediatric CPR & First Aid:

This certification course teaches individuals to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. The course covers first aid as well as infant and child CPR.
This course is intended for parents, grandparents, child-care providers, and/or anyone else who regularly comes in contact with children. After successful completion of this course, individuals will receive an American Heart Association Pediatric First Aid CPR AED course completion card, valid for two years. Classes are from 9am - 4pm on select Saturdays throughout the year. The cost is $60 per student. For more information and to register, visit leehealth.org/birthed. This class is non-refundable, but to re-schedule call 239-343-5101 for Lee County or 239-254-5960 for Collier County. To view class dates and register online click here.

Safe Sitter® Courses

Safe Sitter® teaches adolescent baby sitters how to handle crises, how to keep their charges secure and how to nurture and guide a young child. In short, Safe Sitter® babysitters help children stay safe and sound while their parents are away. It is a medically oriented instruction course that teaches boys and girls in grades 6-8, techniques for safe babysitting. Rescue breathing, choking, safety and first aid for the infant and child are a few of the many topics covered. The cost of the class is $50 per student. To view class dates and register online click here or email safe.sitter@leehealth.org. For more information or to reschedule call 239-343-5101 for Lee County or 239-254-5960 for Collier County.


Breastfeeding Club

Free breastfeeding clubs are offered at three hospitals and led by a Board Certified lactation consultant. Come network with other breastfeeding mothers. Bring your baby - siblings are welcome!

Mon. 10 a.m. Cape Coral Hospital

Tues. 10 a.m. Gulf Coast Medical Center

Wed. 10 a.m. HealthPark Medical Center


For more information call 239-343-5271.


Lactation Services

Lactation services are available to all new moms during their stay in one of our hospitals. Consultations are available by appointment and can be made by calling your hospital’s lactation office.

Cape Coral Hospital:               239-424-2246
Gulf Coast Medical Center    239-343-0658
HealthPark Medical Center   239-343-5186

Once discharged from the hospital, consultations with a breastfeeding professional are available by appointment.

Cape Coral Hospital:             239-424-2246
HealthPark Medical Center 239-343-5186

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates breastfeeding as the optimal form of nutrition for infants. The AAP states that "human milk and breastfeeding of infants provide advantages with regard to general health, growth and development, while significantly decreasing risk for a large number of acute and chronic diseases."

Our certified breastfeeding counselors and board-certified lactation consultants assist mothers to become more comfortable with feeding their infants. New moms are encouraged to ask about how to:

  • Know your baby is getting enough milk
  • Determine that breastfeeding is going well
  • Return to work and continue breastfeeding

Getting Help:

Recognizing that breastfeeding is normal, desirable and achievable, our lactation consultants provide education, help and support for nursing mothers throughout Lee and surrounding counties. Our certified breastfeeding counselors provide 24 hour support to breastfeeding mothers at the bedside. Our consultants make rounds and offer assistance to breastfeeding moms who have additional concerns. The staff works closely with you and your physician to assure a team approach to your care.

All of our lactation consultants are board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The IBLCE examination is the leading, internationally recognized measure of competence in lactation consulting. There are more than 12,000 IBLCE certified lactation consultants in the country.


Lactation Services Include:

  • Bedside, outpatient and telephone consultations
  • Breast pump rental
  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes

Assisting Breastfeeding Mothers: 239-343-5186

Experienced, new, and soon-to-be moms can all benefit from our various programs. Our staff is ready to assist with:

  • Difficult latch-on
  • Perceived or actual low milk supply
  • Sore nipples
  • Breast engorgement
  • Infant with slow weight gain
  • Re-lactation or induced lactation
  • Mothers returning to work
  • Flat or inverted nipples
  • Nursing twins, triplets, or more
  • High risk mothers (mothers that have experienced breast surgery, breast trauma, hyper/hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary disease, gastric bypass or fertility treatment)
  • Educational materials
  • Questions about breast pumps and equipment

During those times when a lactation consultant is unavailable, mothers can turn to our certified breastfeeding counselors for basic breastfeeding education and support.


Milk Depots

We are pleased to announce the opening of two Milk Depots at Lee Health!

Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) depend on this life saving nourishment to thrive when their mother’s milk is not available. Donor milk is used by preemies and older babies who cannot tolerate formula, have a weakened immune system, or have special dietary needs. Every drop of breast milk makes a difference in the long-term survival and outcome of a sick baby. Please consider donating your extra milk! Your breast milk can make a positive impact and benefit a baby for a lifetime.

Lee Health has two depots (drop off locations) for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) milk banks. Please call to set up an appointment for drop-off of milk.

HealthPark Medical Center
Lactation Services, Suite 450
9981 S. HealthPark Dr.
Fort Myers, Florida 33908
239-343-6024
healthparkdepot@leehealth.org

Cape Coral Hospital
Family Birth Suites
636 Del Prado Blvd.
Cape Coral, Florida 33990
239-424-2217
capemilkdepot@leehealth.org

We are always in need of human breast milk donations! Give the gift of life to a sick or premature baby! For more information about becoming a donor, click here or call the Mother’s Milk Bank of Florida at 407-248-5050.


Breast Pumps Rental and Sale

Breastfeeding Supplies - are available for purchase at:

The Bright Ideas Gift Shop at HealthPark Medical Center

Monday thru Friday 9:30 am – 6 pm (except Wednesday open 7 am – 8 pm)
Saturday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

 

  • Products include - but are not limited to:
  • Manual pumps
  • Mini electric pumps
  • Double electric pumps
  • Medela Swing Breastpump
  • Medela Pump In Style Breastpumps
  • Pump parts
  • Vehicle lighter adapter
  • Breast flanges

Breast Pumps - Are available for rent at:

HealthPark Medical Center, Suite 450

OFFICE HOURS: M - TH, 9 AM to 1:30 PM, (no holidays) and by appointment

Cape Coral Hospital - By appointment only.

For breastpump rentals call 239-343-5271

Email:Prenatal-Class@leehealth.org

 Breastfeeding Club

Free breastfeeding support groups are offered at three hospitals and led by a Board Certified lactation consultant. Come network with other breastfeeding mothers. Babies are welcome.

Mon. 10 a.m. Cape Coral Hospital
Fri. 2 p.m. *Cape Coral Hospital
*(Spanish Only)
Tues. 10 a.m. Gulf Coast Medical Center
Wed. 10 a.m. HealthPark Medical Center

For more information call 239-343-5271.

Lactation services are available to all new moms during their stay in one of our hospitals. Consultations are available by appointment and can be made by calling your hospital's lactation office.

  • Cape Coral Hospital -           239-424-2246
  • Gulf Coast Medical Center - 239-343-0658
  • HealthPark Medical Center - 239-343-5186

Once discharged from the hospital, consultations with a breastfeeding professional are available by appointment.

  • Cape Coral Hospital -           239-424-2246
  • HealthPark Medical Center - 239-343-5186

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates breastfeeding as the optimal form of nutrition for infants. The AAP states that "human milk and breastfeeding of infants provide advantages with regard to general health, growth and development, while significantly decreasing risk for a large number of acute and chronic diseases."

Our certified breastfeeding counselors and board-certified lactation consultants assist mothers to become more comfortable with feeding their infants. New moms are encouraged to ask about how to:

  • Know your baby is getting enough milk
  • Determine that breastfeeding is going well
  • Return to work and continue breastfeeding

Getting Help:

Recognizing that breastfeeding is normal, desirable and achievable, our lactation consultants provide education, help and support for nursing mothers throughout Lee and surrounding counties. Our certified breastfeeding counselors provide 24 hour support to breastfeeding mothers at the bedside. Our consultants make rounds and offer assistance to breastfeeding moms who have additional concerns. The staff works closely with you and your physician to assure a team approach to your care.

All of our lactation consultants are board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The IBLCE examination is the leading, internationally recognized measure of competence in lactation consulting. There are more than 12,000 IBLCE certified lactation consultants in the country.

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Lactation Services Include:

  • Bedside, outpatient and telephone consultations
  • Breast pump rental
  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes

Assisting Breastfeeding Mothers:
239-343-5186

Experienced, new, and soon-to-be moms can all benefit from our various programs. Our staff is ready to assist with:

  • Difficult latch-on
  • Perceived or actual low milk supply
  • Sore nipples
  • Breast engorgement
  • Infant with slow weight gain
  • Re-lactation or induced lactation
  • Mothers returning to work
  • Flat or inverted nipples
  • Nursing twins, triplets, or more
  • High risk mothers (mothers that have experienced breast surgery, breast trauma, hyper/hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary disease, gastric bypass or fertility treatment)
  • Educational materials
  • Questions about breast pumps and equipment

During those times when a lactation consultant is unavailable, mothers can turn to our certified breastfeeding counselors for basic breastfeeding education and support.

We are pleased to announce the opening of two Milk Depots at Lee Health!

Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) depend on this life saving nourishment to thrive when their mother's milk is not available. Donor milk is used by preemies and older babies who cannot tolerate formula, have a weakened immune system, or have special dietary needs. Every drop of breast milk makes a difference in the long-term survival and outcome of a sick baby. Please consider donating your extra milk! Your breast milk can make a positive impact and benefit a baby for a lifetime.

Lee Health has two depots (drop off locations) for the Human Milk Banking of North America (HMBANA) milk banks. Please call to set up an appointment for drop-off of milk.

  HealthPark Medical Center
  Lactation Services, Suite 450
  9981 S. HealthPark Dr.
  Fort Myers, Florida 33908
  239-343-6024
  healthparkdepot@leehealth.org
 

  Cape Coral Hospital
  Family Birth Suites
  636 Del Prado Blvd.
  Cape Coral, Florida 33990
  239-424-2217
  capemilkdepot@leehealth.org
 

We are always in need of human breast milk donations! Give the gift of life to a sick or premature baby! For more information about becoming a donor, click here or call the Mother's Milk Bank of Florida at 407-248-5050.

Breastfeeding Supplies - are available for purchase at:

 

The Bright Ideas Gift Shop at HealthPark Medical Center

Monday thru Friday 9:30 am - 6 pm (except Wednesday open 7 am - 8 pm)

Saturday 9:30- am - 1:30

Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

  • Products include  - but are not limited to:
  • Manual pumps
  • Mini electric pumps
  • Double electric pumps
  • Medela Swing Breastpump
  • Medela Pump In Style Breastpumps
  • Pump parts
  • Vehicle lighter adapter
  • Breast flanges

Breast Pumps - Are available for rent at:

HealthPark Medical Center, Suite 450

OFFICE HOURS:  M - TH, 9 AM to 1:30 PM, (no holidays) and by appointment

Cape Coral Hospital - By appointment only.

 

For breastpump rentals call 239-343-5271

Email: Prenatal-Class@leehealth.org.