Classes and support

Edward-Elmhurst Health offers numerous resources and support for new moms and dads.

Tours of the Family Birthing Centers

We encourage families to tour our Family Birthing Centers. Search for tours at your hospital.

  • Family Birthing Center Tours - The best way to get an idea of what your delivery day will be like is to take a tour. You and your partner will get to see one of the actual birthing rooms, and the hospital staff will explain the various monitors, equipment and services offered.
  • Family Birthing Center Tours for Midwifery Patients (Elmhurst only) - This tour of the Family Birthing Center is specific for patients receiving care from the midwifery practice at Elmhurst Memorial Elmhurst Clinic. The tour includes a visit to the birthing suites and a review of alternative birthing options, such as water birth. Additional comfort measures will be discussed during the tour.
  • Tours for Siblings (Elmhurst only) - A brief tour for soon-to-be big brothers and sisters to see what their moms’ hospital rooms will look like and hear what it will be like to have a new baby in the family.


From breastfeeding basics to learning about childbirth, infant massage, infant CPR and more, Edward-Elmhurst classes keep you in the know. Please register early in your pregnancy because space is limited and classes fill up quickly.

Prenatal classes

Steps to a Healthier Pregnancy - In this free, online class, you will learn about nutritional needs during pregnancy, exercises for pregnancy, common discomforts of pregnancy with tips to help, and potential hazards & warning signs to be aware of during pregnancy.

Healthy Pregnancy, Happy Baby - Nutrition and exercise can make pregnancy more enjoyable for you and healthy for your baby. A dietitian will explain how to eat healthy, deal with the discomforts of pregnancy and recognize the signs of preterm labor. In addition, participants will tour the Family Birthing Center. This class should be taken between your 20th and 26th week of pregnancy.

Register for a prenatal class

Childbirth classes

Preparing for Childbirth (Elmhurst Hospital)

  • Option #1 - This is a series of classes that helps parents-to-be prepare for their baby‛s birth by hearing about what to expect during labor and during their hospital stay. Topics include the signs of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, what to expect at the Hospital, pain relief, and information about epidurals and cesarean sections. Tour is included.
  • Option #2 - This is a one-day, condensed version of Option 1,designed to meet the needs of busy parents-to-be. Find out what to expect at the Hospital, what the most important policies are and what your pain management options will be. Tour is included.
  • Option #3 - This eLearning class is a self-paced program designed for parents-to-be with busy schedules who would prefer to access the classes from their own computer. You will receive a complete education in a convenient and personalized format.

Prepared Childbirth (Edward Hospital)

  • Prepared Childbirth (4-week series) - This is the most comprehensive childbirth class, allowing more time for hands-on practice and discussion with instructor and other classmates. Participants benefit from interaction with other couples in similar circumstances, hearing other perspectives and questions, more practice time, and shorter individual class sessions for the tired mom-to-be.
  • Prepared Childbirth (2-week series) - This provides basic information from the Prepared Childbirth class, but in a faster-paced format. This is a good option for those whose schedule will not allow the weeknight classes.
  • Prepared Childbirth Marathon - This provides basic information from the Prepared Childbirth class, but in a faster-paced format. This is another good option for those whose schedule will not allow the weeknight classes.
  • Prepared Childbirth Express - A self-study class combined with a Saturday class. This provides basic information, but you will be mailed the class booklet to read through prior to class. The booklet contains a PIN number so that you can log in to watch online video clips on various topics. In addition, you will come to a Saturday in-person class, where you will review the info previously read, practice comfort measures, ask questions of a certified childbirth educator, and take a tour of the Family Birthing Center.
  • Prepared Childbirth Refresher - This refresher class is a review for parents who have given birth previously or have already taken a Prepared Childbirth class but would like a review. It is a brief review of labor and delivery, comfort techniques (including breathing and relaxation), with an optional tour of the Family Birthing Center at the end of class. This class meets on a Saturday with the Childbirth Express class.

Cesarean Birth - This free online class is for those who are anticipating having a scheduled Cesarean delivery. It includes a video and photos to familiarize you with what to expect before and after delivery. Recovery and postpartum issues are also covered.

Sibling at Birth – This class, taught by a childbirth instructor, can help prepare your other children for your new baby’s birth. This 1-2 hour individualized class is required for those who desire to have their other child attend the birth of the new baby. You’ll need a support person for your child, and a note from your OB doctor giving permission for your child to be present at the birth.

Multiples - Designed for the family expecting twins or more, this class includes an online video of information important in early pregnancy (nutrition, prenatal care, things to avoid, common complications) and an in-person class which covers information about how labor and birth of multiples differs from that of a single baby, preterm labor and birth, premature babies, a tour of our NICU, and a parent panel of couples who have recently had twins (or more) and have agreed to answer questions and give advice. If this is your first pregnancy/birth, we also recommend you register for a Prepared Childbirth class, a Babycare PLUS class, and a Breastfeeding class to help round out your prenatal education. Please call early in your pregnancy to register. Participants who are expecting multiples are encouraged to attend classes early in their second trimester.

Register for a childbirth class

Parenting and infant care classes

Babycare PLUS - Topics include cord care, circumcision care, jaundice, basic baby care skills such as holding a newborn, bathing & diapering a newborn, and special techniques for comforting a fussy baby. Car seat safety for your newborn will be taught, and if you have already purchased a car seat, you are encouraged to bring the carrier portion to class for practice. Infant CPR will also be covered, and you will receive a take-home instructional DVD and kit (this is not a certification class). Dads are encouraged to attend.

Caring for Baby - The first days at home with a newborn can be a complete mystery to new parents. This class will help you feel more confident about how to feed, comfort and keep your baby safe and healthy. The class will cover newborn appearance, senses and brain development, comfort techniques, feeding, diapering, bathing, umbilical cord care, circumcision care, sleeping, and health and safety.

Breastfeeding - This class is taught by an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) or a certified lactation counselor. Learn the basics of breastfeeding to help you and your baby get off to a good start! Topics include how breastfeeding works, correct latch-on and positioning, when to feed your baby, how to tell if baby is getting enough, breast care, common problems and tips, and pumping. Dads are encouraged to attend!

Daddy Boot Camp - This 3-hour father-to-father workshop is led by a Master Coach with the assistance of experienced fathers ("veterans") and their new babies. Expectant fathers ("rookies") will gain confidence as they have hands-on opportunities to comfort a real baby, change a diaper, swaddle, and much more. Concerns will be addressed about becoming a new dad, forming a new family, and caring for new moms.

Sibling - Children ages 3-7 years can learn what to expect when a new little sister or brother arrives and will practice how to hold baby (with parent's help), diapering, and swaddling a baby. One parent is required to attend with the child, but both parents are welcome. A video tour of the Maternity Suites will be shown, which includes "what a newborn looks like.” If registering two siblings of different ages, please register both for the class appropriate for the younger one.

Sibling Video Tour - You and your young children can see our maternity unit and what a newborn looks like by watching our online Sibling Video Tour.

Grandparenting - For new grandparents and grandparents-to-be to learn what's new and what's changed recently in baby care, while also learning new grandparenting skills. You will also learn the correct way to buckle up an infant in a car seat. A brief tour of the Family Birth Center will be given to show grandparents where to come when visiting their new grandbaby.

Infant and Child Safety – This is a free E-learning class which provides information on "baby-proofing" your home. Car seat safety for toddlers and older children is also covered. (CPR and First Aid are not covered in this class.)

CPR for Family and Friends – This American Heart Association's Family & Friends CPR Course is a video-based classroom course which teaches adult Hands-Only™ CPR, Child CPR, Infant CPR and how to relieve choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught using the AHA's research-proven Practice-While-Watching technique, which allows participants to practice skills while watching consistent, accurate modeling of skills performance on the DVD. Adult, child and infant skills are presented in three separate modules for added flexibility. (THIS IS NOT A CERTIFICATION COURSE) The Family & Friends CPR Course is for members of the general public who want to learn CPR and prefer to learn in an instructor-led or facilitated group environment. This course is for people who do NOT need a course completion card for a job or other requirements.

Infant Massage - Learn how infant massage will benefit you and your baby in this fun and interactive three-week class. Babies not only show improved growth and development after getting massaged routinely, but they also learn a great deal about comfort, security and emotional bonding. You will practice infant massage strokes on your baby with guidance from a certified infant massage instructor.

Register for a parenting or infant care class

Pre- and postnatal exercise classes

Pre/Postnatal Exercise - Prenatal exercise water and land classes, including yoga, are offered for the expectant mother. Or, get back into an exercise program and bring your baby to one of our postnatal offerings. To learn more, call the Naperville facility at 630-646-5917 or our Seven Bridges facility (Woodridge) at 630-646-7913.

Prenatal Aqua* - Workout in the buoyancy and comfort of water. This class offers increased energy, endurance, body balance and awareness, without the stresses of gravity. This is a safe aerobic workout is in the lap pool (81-82°F).

Pre/Postnatal Land Aerobics* - This safe and effective class helps you maintain muscle tone and feel good about yourself while your body goes through changes. You can also tone up and lose weight as you get back into shape after childbirth. You can attend this class with your child for up to one year after your child's birth.

Baby & Me Yoga - Bond with your baby through touch and eye contact. This class will relax you and your baby, and may help your baby (ages 3 months to 2 years) achieve deeper sleep.

Pre/Postnatal Yoga* - This class focuses on specially tailored poses that meet the needs and concerns of pre/postnatal participants. Infants up to 6 months are welcome with postnatal participants.

Stroll-n-Sculpt Club (seasonal) - Bring your stroller and baby (or toddler) out for a stroll on local paths. Includes walking, lunging and resistance training.

Pre/Postnatal Pilates/Yoga Fusion - This class combines the stability, energy, balance, flexibility and relaxation of yoga and the low impact exercise of Pilates.

*Your doctor's written permission is required prior to your participation in this class.

Register for a pre- or postnatal exercise class

If you have questions about our classes, please call 630-527-6363.

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Support groups

The support groups at Edward-Elmhurst are a great way to get out of the house and meet other new parents, share questions and ideas, and get answers from professionals about the issues that concern you.

Cradle Talk

This informal support group is designed for new first-time parents and their newborns (0-6 months) to get together and share information, concerns and ideas. Bring your baby! No registration necessary.

Call Edward Hospital at 630-527-3957 for more information.

Mother and Baby Hour

Adjusting to motherhood is exciting but challenging. In this weekly support group, an experienced registered nurse will guide conversations with expert guests on many different parenting topics. We welcome mothers and their infants to join our weekly group. Bring a blanket for your baby to lie on.

Call Elmhurst Hospital at 331-221-2273 for more information.


This support group is led by a certified lactation counselor or lactation consultant. Join other breastfeeding moms for support and to have questions answered.

Call Edward Hospital at 630-527-7685, or Elmhurst Hospital at 331-221-2273.

Learn more about our Breastfeeding Center

Nurturing Mom

The birth of a baby can trigger powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect—depression. This is a support group for women experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.

Call 630-527-3957 for more information.

Learn more about postpartum depression

Mom’s Line

This is a phone line dedicated to women, or anyone concerned about a woman, who may be experiencing signs or symptoms of postpartum depression.

Call our Mom's Line at 630-527-7294. We’ll return your call within 24 hours. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.


This is a support group for parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death.

Call 630-527-3263 for more information.

Learn more about SHARE

Sharing HOPE

This is a support group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death and are now pregnant or considering pregnancy.

Call 630-527-3263 for more information.

Learn more about Sharing HOPE