Prenatal Class

General Info

Cradle Talk is a weekly support group for new parents and their babies, ages 0-6 months. Learn more

Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks are required while at the hospital and during all classes. Eating & Drinking are not allowed in the classroom.

Directions and parking for Prenatal Classes at Edward Hospital: Please park in the North Parking garage (see Campus Map) and enter the hospital at the North Entrance where you will be screened for Covid. Masking is required to enter the hospital. The Education Center is adjacent and to the north of the main hospital building. Most prenatal classes are on the 3rd floor of the Education Center. There is a digital monitor located across from the elevators on the 3rd floor which display room numbers for each class.  

Directions and parking for Prenatal Classes at Elmhurst Hospital: 
Please park in front of the hospital (see Campus Map) and enter at the Main Entrance where you will be screened for Covid.  Masking is required to enter the hospital.  In the lobby take the East elevators to the lower level.  Turn left and left again to follow the corridor to the classrooms.  Look for the signs for your class.  

What to bring to class: Please feel free to bring water and snacks or lunch to any class. There are vending machines and a cafeteria/café available to purchase snacks or lunch.  Since no eating or drinking are allowed in the classrooms, your instructor will be giving frequent short breaks during class time, with a longer break for lunch (for any morning class that extends past 12:30 pm).  Please step out into the corridor if you need to take a sip of water or snack during the class time or during longer breaks, feel free to go to the cafeteria/café or step outside to walk around.

For Childbirth classes, please bring a pillow for relaxation (or to sit on if the chair is uncomfortable). If your childbirth class is more than 1 session, ask your instructor what you need to bring for the other sessions.

For Babycare PLUS class, if you have already purchased a carseat, please bring the carrier to the Saturday class or class 2 of the weeknight series. If you do not yet have a carseat, you do not need to buy one prior to class--we have several that you can practice with.

For Breastfeeding classes, you do not need to bring anything extra—but we do encourage both mom and dad (or support person) to attend.

Cancellations due to weather

In case of inclement weather, please call our Class Status line at 630-527-5183 to see if your class has been cancelled or switched to virtual due to the weather. You can also check by contacting Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org during regular working hours. In-person classes will not meet if a Severe Weather Warning is in effect for our county during the class time.  We will try to update the Class Status Line within 2 hours of class time, but if severe weather (tornado warnings or flash floods) occurs more unexpectedly, please use your best judgment about coming to class. If you do not feel comfortable driving to class in the weather conditions and will miss the class that is scheduled, you can call the Perinatal Education Coordinator at 630-527-7685 or Class Registration at 630-527-6363 to reschedule a missed class or receive a refund.

 

More Info for Dads-to-be

Link to Family Birth Center Tour

Childbirth Classes: click here 

Multiples Class: click  here

Babycare Class & Breastfeeding Classes: click here

Our Babycare PLUS class includes basics of caring for your baby, such as diapering, bathing, swaddling, cord care, circumcision care, and jaundice, as well as information from "The Happiest Baby on the Block" about calming a fussy baby, car seat safety for your newborn, and infant CPR (due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not currently practicing rescue breathing on the manikins in the classroom). Register early, as classes fill quickly!

Our Breastfeeding class will help you get feedings off to a good start. Research shows HUGE health benefits to babies who receive breastmilk!  Breastmilk provides the perfect nutrition for baby and is easy to digest--causing fewer stomach upsets. It also contains enzymes & antibodies to fight off infections. Studies show that babies who are breastfed have much lower incidences of  diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, ear infections, and urinary tract infections. Breastfeeding also decreases mother's risk for postpartum hemorrhage as well as offering benefits for later in life, including a decreased risk for several types of cancers and diseases. In our breastfeeding class, you'll learn all the "how to's" of breastfeeding and pumping.

Missed Classes?

If you miss a class due to illness or unavoidable situations, please call Susan Bard (630-527-7685) or email at Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org to see if we can get you into a make-up class date. 

If you have any questions about prenatal classes, please feel free to contact me! 

Susan Bard
Perinatal Education Coordinator
Susan.Bard@EEHealth.org
630-527-7685

[Updated 2021]