HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (December 6, 2021) In the new year, Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit of Women (SOW) will continue classes for new and expectant mothers but with a special touch. In memory of Madalene Daniell, who provided more than 40 years of Fitness for Two classes in the Pine Belt, classes will now be known as Madalene’s Moms. Daniell unexpectedly passed away in August of this year.
“While no one can replace Madalene, we want to continue to offer these classes to Pine Belt women as a tribute to her and to help those women who use our Women & Children’s Services,” said Millie Swan, Forrest Health vice president. “Madalene touched the lives of so many women and their children that we want to continue what she started.”
Helping continue what Daniell started is Amanda Sharp, who participated in Daniell’s classes as a new and expectant mom and who often filled in as a substitute. Sharp will take over the classes to continue her predecessor’s incredible legacy.
“For the last eight years, Madalene was the biggest influence on who I am as a mother to my three sons,” said Sharp. “I am honored to be carrying on this wonderful legacy she left for mothers and their little ones in the Pine Belt. Madalene’s passing leaves some big shoes to fill. I’m going to do everything I can to honor her memory and make her proud as we move forward with the Madalene’s Moms classes.”
The classes to be offered include:
· Pregnancy Exercise – In a support group environment, the classes combine stretching, strengthening, and isolation exercises and awareness with education topics such as discomfort releases, labor and delivery preparation, and postpartum recovery.
· 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.
· Mommie 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.
· Mommie 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.
Classes will once again be held in the Spirit of Women Conference Room at 28th Place (421 South 28th Avenue). The cost is $20 per four-week session. Space is limited. Additional information and updates are available on the Madalene’s Moms Facebook page and by visiting www.forresthealth.org/madalenesmoms.