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Infant CPR classes expanding to friends and family of parents in Manatee County

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 08:22:15-05

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Expectant parents, Richard and Courtney Yablonski, didn’t hesitate to sign up for the Infant CPR class being held every month at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

“It’s always important to know you are up-to-date on life saving techniques,” said Richard.

However, teacher Deidra Olson said the invitation extends beyond moms and dads.

“Grandparents, siblings, neighbors, whoever is going to be watching a new baby,” said Olson.

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Olson has seen her class sizes continue to grow, up to 30 people per class. She said it’s a sign of positive change when it comes to over-all babysitting.

“The part of it is, they don’t really know what it is they don’t know, just like all of us when it is something new and you are not a medical person,” said Olson.

The class runs about 90 minutes. There are no grades or tests and if your baby is delivered at Lakewood Ranch it's absolutely free for friends and family.

“I would really like to see a baby sitter have this kind of knowledge,” said Richard.

The Schwegel family said in today’s day and age everyone wants to learn everything on their own, typically on the Internet, but when it comes to a baby you have to do it right.

“Being able to understand what kind of pressure to apply, things like that, that you really only get when you got hands on demonstrations, that’s what makes you comfortable,” said expectant mother Rachel Schwegel.

For more information on the class go to and click on Events and Childbirth and Parenting Classes.