Med Center Offers Class for First Time Parents

The Telluride Medical Center is helping parents prepare to bring home babies to the mountains.

About once every three months, since 2017, staff from the med center’s Primary Care team host Mtn Mama 101 classes as part of ongoing efforts to reach newly pregnant women throughout the year. The next Mtn Mama 101 class is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, at 5:30p.m.

"We cover prenatal myths, oxygen needs for infants at altitude, schedules for well-baby checks and vaccines, breastfeeding resources, when to come in for a sick visit, postpartum depression, and how to get in touch with a nurse if there are questions" said Dr. Christine Mahoney.

The class is free, bi-lingual, and provides an opportunity for first time parents to learn about the specific challenges that come with caring for newborns at altitude.

“The response has been very positive,” said Emily McGough, who last month became the medical center’s only Certified Pediatric Nurse. McGough and Dr. Mahoney designed and oversee the class.

This orientation for new families is open to everyone and is held in the medical center’s Wellness Annex, just outside the entrance to Primary Care.

For more information visit the Mtn Mama 101 event page at or contact Emily McGough at

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