Multiples Class

Pre-class Video

Please watch this pre-class video prior to your in-person class date.  This video contains information about nutrition & weight gain, exercises for pregnancy & birth, and an overview of common complications during pregnancy with multiples.  You may want to review the complications portion just prior to your in-person class, as your instructor will be covering more information about this topic in class.

Class Schedule

Our MULTIPLES CLASS series consists of the on-line class (above) and an in-person class (on a Saturday morning or Sunday morning) which covers information specific to multiple pregnancy and birth-- information about common complications including pre-term labor and birth, information about our NICU, and a parent panel of couples who have recently given birth to multiples and will come in to give advice and answer questions.  If this is your first pregnancy/baby, we also recommend that you sign up for a prepared childbirth class to learn more about labor and delivery, a Babycare PLUS class to teach you how to take care of your new infants, and a Breastfeeding class to round out your prenatal education.  You should plan to complete all your prenatal classes by early in your 3rd trimester, as many multiple moms are placed on bedrest toward the end of their pregnancy.  If you have any questions about your classes, please feel free to contact me--Susan Bard at sbard@edward.org or 630-527-7685.  All prenatal classes are held in the 3rd floor of the Education Center unless otherwise noted.

Handouts

The following are handouts to view prior to class.  Print off any handouts that you feel would be helpful to have during labor.  (Please see the links below for Childbirth, Babycare, and Breastfeeding class web pages.)

Pregnancy

Labor & Birth

Taking Care of your Multiples

Baby Wearing Demo for Multiples 

Multiples Breastfeeding Advice

Other Class Webpages

Resources


Bedrest resources (Sidelines):

Postpartum Support for Parents of Multiples:  It's a great idea to get together with other parents of multiples to share stories, get advice, and form playgroups. 

  • After your prenatal Multiples class, you will receive an email with a list of names and email addresses/phone numbers of couples who have recently given birth to multiples at Edward Hospital over the past few years.  These families have agreed to answer questions or give tips and advice to anyone in the multiples class who are expecting twins or triplets.  Feel free to contact these "experienced" multiples parents with your questions! Or post your question on our Edward Multiples facebook page to get more responses!
  • Edward Multiples is now on Facebook!  You don't have to join Facebook to be able to read the posts--but if you are a member, click the icon "Like" next to the Edward Multiples title so that you will get our posts on your own Facebook page!.
  • We also offer Cradle Talk support group for all new moms which meets every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. (dads and grandparents are welcome too!). See our webpage at CradleTalk for location and more information.  Edward Cradle Talk is now on Facebook too!  Come join us!
  • We also offer a Breastfeeding Support Group on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month following Cradle Talk (11:45 am - 12:15 pm).  For more information, call 630-527-7685.

We also encourage you to also find a local twins club to join that will offer support throughout your child's school years.  There are several local groups available: (for a complete listing, see Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.)

Other Online Resources