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.

Classes

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.

Register for a prenatal class

Childbirth classes

Preparing for Childbirth (Elmhurst Hospital)

  • Childbirth Weeknight Series - 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. This class meets on 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings. A tour is included.
  • Childbirth Express - This is a one-day, condensed version of the Childbirth series. The same topics will be taught, but in a condensed version. A tour is included.
  • Natural Childbirth - This program is designed to prepare families for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum with an emphasis on natural pain relief techniques. Subjects covered include exercise, anatomy, physiology, stages of labor, informed decision-making, comfort measures and labor positions. Taught by a certified childbirth educator. A tour is included.
  • 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.

Prepared Childbirth (Edward Hospital)

  • Childbirth Weeknight 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. This class meets on a weeknight for 3 weeks.
  • Childbirth Sunday 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. This class meets on 2 consecutive Sunday afternoons.
  • Childbirth Marathon Weekend - 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. This class meets on both Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend.
  • Childbirth Express - This is a one-day, shortened version of the Childbirth series.  The same topics will be taught, but in a condensed version.  A tour is included. This class meets on a Saturday or a Sunday.

Childbirth Refresher - If you have previously taken a childbirth class or had a baby and would like a refresher on specific topics, please contact Susan Bard at (630) 527-7685 for more information and to have your questions answered.

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 - Now a free online class. Register online for the class during the current month. You will receive an email with the link to the class which can be completed at your leisure. This class covers information about having multiples at Edward Hospital and how  pregnancy and birth of multiples differs from that of a single baby.  We also recommend that you take a Prepared Childbirth class if this is your first pregnancy.   If you have any questions about this class, please call Susan Bard at (630) 527-7685.

Register for a childbirth class

Parenting and infant care classes

Babycare PLUS - Topics include basic baby care skills such as holding a newborn, swaddling, and bathing & diapering a newborn, cord care, circumcision care, jaundice,  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 buckling in a baby correctly. Infant CPR will also be practiced (this is not a certification class). Dads are encouraged to attend. 

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 or partners 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 - This class is taught at Edward Hospital. 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.

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. Practice massage techniques on your baby while learning from a certified infant massage therapist. Topics include:

  • The many benefits of infant massage
  • How to bond with baby by using massage
  • Techniques to encourage positive infant digestive health
  • Ways to promote healthy sleep habits and help your baby relax

One-on-one consultation sessions are available at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness in Naperville and are 30 to 60-minutes long. Call to book your appointment: 630-646-7980.

Register for a parenting or infant care class

Pre- and postnatal exercise classes

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

View our pre- or postnatal exercise classes at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness

If you have questions about our pre- or postnatal exercise classes at our fitness centers, please call 630-646-7913.

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 (Edward Hospital)

This informal support group is designed for parents and their newborns (0-6 months) to get together and share information, concerns and ideas (no siblings, please). Grandmas and relatives or friends are also welcome.  A Mother/Baby nurse will lead the discussions and answer questions.  We also have a guest speaker each week on a topic of interest to parents.  Bring your baby and a blanket for Tummy Time! There is no fee and no registration is necessary.  Meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church next door to the Edward Emergency Department in Naperville.  Call 630-527-3957 or 630-527-7685 for more information.

Mother and Baby Hour (Elmhurst Hospital)

Every new mom can use some support in the exciting but challenging adjustment to motherhood. Join us for Mother and Baby Hour where an experienced nurse and lactation consultant will guide conversations and answer questions, and a guest speaker each week will present information on many different parenting topics. We welcome mothers and their infants (up to crawling), dad, grandmas, and others to join our weekly group. Bring a blanket for your baby to lie on. This group is free, and no registration is required. Meets every Wednesday at Elmhurst Hospital, starting at 10:30 a.m. in the East Side lower level classrooms—take the East elevators to the lower level and turn left. The meeting room will be listed on the board across from the elevator on the lower level. For more information, please call 630-527-7685.

Breastfeeding Support

We offer breastfeeding support at both Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital. Join other breastfeeding moms for support and to have questions answered. These support groups are free and no registration is required. You do not have to deliver at our hospitals to attend our support groups. For more information, call 630-527-7685.

  • At Edward Hospital in Naperville, we have a Breastfeeding Support Group that meets immediately following Cradle Talk Support Group on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 11:30 am -12:30 pm, led by one of the Certified Lactation Consultants from our Breastfeeding Center. To contact the Edward Breastfeeding Center, call 630-527-3238.
  • At Elmhurst Hospital, the support group is led by a Certified Lactation Consultant and is combined with the Mother & Baby Hour at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. To contact the Elmhurst Breastfeeding Clinic, call 331-221-5433.

Learn more about our Breastfeeding Center at Edward and our Breastfeeding Clinic at Elmhurst

Nurturing Mom

A support group for new and expectant moms who are challenged by the transition to parenthood. For more information, call (630) 305-5086.

Meeting times:

  • Second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (following Cradle Talk) at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church across from Edward Hospital’s ER in Naperville.
  • First and third Wednesday of the month from 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. (following Mother & Baby Hour) at Elmhurst Hospital.

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.

SHARE

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

  • Meets at Edward Hospital in Naperville on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:15–9:15 p.m. at the Education Center.  
  • Meets at Elmhurst Hospital on the first Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm in the Birch Room of the Arboretum Conference Center (East Entrance, take elevators to lower level).

For more information call 630-527-3263.

Learn more about SHARE

Sharing HOPE (Having Optimistic Pregnancy Expectations)

A support group for couples who have experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death, and are now pregnant or considering pregnancy. Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:15–9:15 p.m. at the Edward Education Center in Naperville. 

Call 630-527-3263 for more information.

Learn more about Sharing HOPE

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