Madalene’s Moms

Are you a first-time mom who is completely in the dark about what to expect during labor and delivery? And then when you make it through that, you have a lot of questions about moving forward with this tiny tot who has stolen everyone’s heart?

Don’t despair. You aren’t alone. And there is help.

Enter Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit of Women classes for new and expectant mothers – Madalene’s Moms. These classes are named after Madalene Daniell, who taught classes for more than 40 years, for Pine Belt women and their children. Madalene died in August of 2021, but Amanda Sharp is continuing her legacy.

With a new year comes a new series of classes. While one session has already begun, it’s not too late to sign up for classes the remainder of the year – spring, summer, winter, and holiday editions.

These Mommy & Me classes provide the opportunity for moms and their babies to interact and exercise together using music, movement, story, and rhyme. Topics for Moms include parenting suggestions and child development guidelines. From the First Year through the Toddler Years, children are developing social, language, cognitive, and motor skills for the next season of life while building a network of friends and support.

Remaining sessions include, spring (March 18 – May 1), summer (June 10 – July 26), fall (September 9 – October 17), and holiday (October 28 – December 13).

The classes to be offered include:

  • Mommy and Me: The First Year – First-year mothers can share stories about their first-year experiences as they learn developmental milestones and fun playtime activities. (Mondays from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Mommy and Me: Just Movin’ – Geared toward the early walkers, often 11 to 22 months old. Children experience activities that will develop physical, mental, and social skills. (Mondays from 9 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Mommy & Me – The Toddler Years: – The Toddler Years Class is the perfect launch into pre-school. Moms and their toddlers, age 22 months to 3 years, learn and grow while making great memories. (Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11 a.m.)
  • Mommy & Me: Evenings – An evening option of Mommy & Me offered to share the experience with mothers and children not available during regularly-scheduled class times. For littles up to 18 months old. (Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.)
  • Pregnancy Exercise – In a support group environment, these classes combine stretching, strengthening, and isolation exercises and awareness with education topics such as discomfort releases, labor and delivery preparation, and postpartum recovery. (Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.)
  • Coach’s Corner – This one-session class teaches labor and delivery, breathing techniques, and the coach’s role throughout the childbirth experience. The coach and mother-to-be attend together. Spring and fall sessions are planned for those taking part in the Pregnancy Exercise class, and they are open to the public.

Madalene’s Moms classes are taught by Amanda Sharp, who participated in the Fitness for Two classes taught by Madalene Daniell after the birth of her four children. Amanda also taught the classes on several occasions. Through these classes, Amanda found a community of women supporting one another as they navigated the new roles of motherhood. Amanda is honored to continue the classes while remembering the legacy of Madalene, who died in 2021, after teaching classes for Pine Belt women for more than 40 years.

Classes will once again be held in the Spirit of Women Conference Room at 28th Place (421 South 28th Avenue). The cost is $30 per six-week session. Space is limited. Additional information and updates are available on the Madalene’s Moms Facebook page and by visiting www.forrestgeneral.org/Madalenesmoms.