Classes and support

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

Tours of the Family Birthing Centers

The best way to get an idea of what is available at the hospital where you plan to give birth is to take a tour.  Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, at this time we are only offering virtual tours of our Family Birthing Centers. On our virtual tours, led by a certified childbirth instructor, you and your partner will receive instructions & maps for where to park and which entrance to come to when in labor, will see photos/videos of our birthing rooms, monitors, and equipment used, and learn more about the services we offer.

Classes

Due to the need for social distancing, many of our prenatal and childbirth classes and support groups now have a virtual, online option available that are taught by a live instructor.  We recommend that you sign up for your prenatal classes early in your 2nd trimester while there are still plenty of options available and plan to complete your classes by week 36 of your pregnancy.

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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 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings or 3 consecutive Thursday evenings, etc. A virtual tour is included.  (also available as a virtual class)
  • Childbirth Weekend Series - This is a weekend childbirth series that meets on a Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend (from 9 am – 1:30 pm).  This class covers all the topics in the weeknight series, including the virtual tour. (also available as a virtual class)
  • 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 virtual tour is included. (also available as a virtual class)
  • 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 virtual tour is included. (also available as a virtual class)

Prepared Childbirth (Edward Hospital)

  • Childbirth Weeknight Series - This childbirth class allows 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 2 or 3 weeks. (also available as a virtual class)
  • Childbirth Weekend Series - This is a weekend childbirth series that meets on a Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend (from 9 am – 1:30 pm).  This class covers all the topics in the weeknight series, including the virtual tour. (also available as a virtual class)
  • 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. (also available as a virtual class)

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@EEHealth.org for more information and to have your questions answered.

Cesarean Birth - This free e-learning 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. 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 (there is not a live instructor for this class). 

Multiples - Now a free e-learning 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 (there is not a live instructor for this class). 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 recommend that you also take a Prepared Childbirth class if this is your first pregnancy. If you have any questions about this class, please contact Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org.

 

Register for a childbirth class

Parenting and infant care classes

Babycare PLUS - Topics include basic baby care skills such as holding a newborn, swaddling, 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 and due to Infection Control restrictions, we will not be practicing rescue breathing with the manikins). (Babycare class is also available as a virtual class.  It does not include the Infant CPR portion of the class.  You can register for a separate “CPR for Family & Friends”  class below.)

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! (also available as a virtual class)

Daddy Boot Camp - This 3-hour father-to-father workshop is led by a Master Coach with the assistance of experienced fathers ("veterans"). Expectant fathers ("rookies") will have a chance to discuss and question new fathers about becoming a new dad, forming a new family, and caring for new moms.

 

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. (also available as a virtual class)

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.)  This class consists of a PowerPoint file which you can access at any time.  It does not have a live instructor.

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.

Register for a parenting or infant care class

Pre- and postnatal exercise classes

View our pre- or postnatal exercise classes at Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals.

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. There will be an IBCLC lactation consultant at the end of the Cradle Talk session to do Breastfeeding Q&A and breastfeeding support.

  • This group is free, and no registration is required. You do not have to deliver at our hospitals to attend our support groups.
  • Meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (starting in-person in August ’21)
  • For more information, contact Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org

Mom and Baby Hour (Elmhurst Hospital)

Every new mom can use some support in the exciting but challenging adjustment to motherhood. Join us for Mom 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 group.

  • This group is free, and no registration is required. You do not have to deliver at our hospitals to attend our support groups.
  • Meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (starting in-person in August ’21)
  • For more information, contact Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org

Cradle Talk Online (Virtual Support for All Expectant and New Moms)

For those expectant or new moms who prefer to meet virtually, we have an informal support group via WebEX that meets every Monday and Friday at 10 a.m. This group is led by an experienced Mother/Baby nurse and will either have a guest speaker on a topic of interest to new moms or a time for Q&A with the nurse and other moms. We also offer breastfeeding support at these sessions.

  • This group is free, and no registration is required. You do not have to deliver at our hospitals to attend our support groups.
  • Virtual Meetings: Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m.
  • For more information and a link to the sessions, contact Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org

Breastfeeding Support

We offer breastfeeding support as a part of our new mom support groups (Cradle Talk at Edward Hospital and Mom & Baby Hour at Elmhurst Hospital). Join other breastfeeding moms for support and to have questions answered by an IBCLC lactation consultant from our Breastfeeding Center at Edward or our Breastfeeding Clinic at Elmhurst.

Learn more about our Breastfeeding Center (Edward) and our Breastfeeding Clinic (Elmhurst)

Nurturing Mom

A support group for new and expectant moms looking for support with the transition to parenthood as well as those experiencing symptoms of perinatal anxiety and/or depression.

  • Virtual Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
  • In-person sessions starting in September ‘21: 1st Wednesday at 11:45 am immediately following Cradle Talk (Edward Hospital) and on the 3rd Wednesday at 11:45 am immediately following Mom & Baby Hour (Elmhurst Hospital).
  • For more information or to attend, email Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org. Please RSVP to attend sessions.

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.

  • Virtual Meetings: first, second, and fourth Tuesday of each month from 8 - 9:30 pm
  • For more information or to attend, email Susan.Villa@EEHealth.org 

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.

  • Virtual Meetings: second and fourth Thursday of the month 8 - 9:30 pm
  • For more information or to attend, Susan.Villa@EEHealth.org

Learn more about Sharing HOPE

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