05/17/2012 03:01 pm ET Updated Jul 17, 2012

CPR, Take The Refresher!

When is the last time you brushed-up on your CPR training? Many of us took the standard CPR class before becoming first-time parents, hoping to soak in everything we could to prepare for parenthood (soon realizing that nothing can prepare us for parenthood!). But how much can you really retain when in baby preparation mode? How many parents take a CPR refresher before their second child is born or as the years pass by and the details of that class become fuzzy?

If you have a child older than 2-years-old and haven't taken a CPR class since the birth of your child, you may be unaware that in the last two years, the CPR guidelines have changed. In 2010, The American Heart Association introduced the first major change to CPR since it was introduced in the 1960's, changing the order of CPR to begin with chest compressions first. It is not a drastic difference; however, the sequence of events has changed enough that it provides parents with a great reason to reeducate themselves on CPR procedures.

We recently added CPR classes to our Kidville Bethesda parenting series and it has become our most popular parenting class. The majority of participants are parents who have taken the class in the past but are looking for a refresher on the basics. Most parents walk out amazed at how much they had forgotten from their original class and thankful that they took the time to familiarize themselves with the key steps.

If you are interested in taking a CPR class, your local Red Cross provides courses in your area. Children's facilities, like Kidville, as well as local hospitals are another great resource to consult for CPR education.

Let's face it -- we all hope we never have to implement what we learn in these CPR classes. However, it can't hurt to be prepared just in case!