CPR – short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation – is a vital skill for everyone to have – parent or not! It is thought that the vast majority (up to 80% per the American Heart Association) of cardiac arrests happen in the home or a public place. So knowing how to provide CPR is important so that you can be prepared if this skill were ever required.

As a parent, knowing that I could perform CPR on any of my children (or my husband) if needed, is a big comfort. We often think we will be the ones to never need to perform CPR, and we certainly pray that is true, but cardiac arrest can happen with minimal notice – especially after being in a car accident or other unexpected situation.

“Time is brain”. This slogan represents how quickly irreversible brain damage happens once someone experiences cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association says that immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival!

Learning CPR is easier than ever, since 2-step CPR was introduced. Take a class to learn the basics so that you could save a life if ever needed. Infant CPR is a must for parents! Stork Childbirth Education has American Heart Association CPR Instructors and we offer classes regularly – so schedule a class today!



Lauren is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Washington DC and Maryland. She has been practicing in the DC area for 6 years and loves her profession. Previously, she taught childbirth education classes in a hospital setting, which helped spur her on to form Stork Childbirth Education with her beloved partner, Flynn, in order to give expectant parents the best up-to-date and evidence-based education available. Lauren is mom to 3 small children, Jackson, Lilah, and Cara, each of whose births hold a special place in her heart as she teaches other soon-to-be mamas. Lauren lives in Washington DC with her kiddos and her husband, Tyler.