Prenatal Class

General Info

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Directions to Prenatal Classes at Edward Hospital:  Access the hospital campus from Washington Street, West Street, or Martin Avenue and park in the North Parking deck. There is a covered walkway from the North Parking to the North hospital entrance.  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. Campus map

Directions to Prenatal Classes at Elmhurst Hospital:  Elmhurst Hospital is located at 155 E. Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst (near the corner of York Street and Roosevelt Road). Park in front of the hospital and enter at the East Entrance.  In the lobby take the East elevators to the lower level.  Turn left and left again to follow the corridor to the classrooms.  Most of our prenatal classes are held in the first classroom to your right “Clinical Education Classroom” or the next one “Maple room”.  Look for the signs.  There are more classrooms if you follow the corridor around, as well as restrooms. Directions

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. Saturday morning classes will have a breakfast snack/coffee provided. A lunch break is provided for any morning class which extends past 12:30 p.m.

For Childbirth classes, please bring a pillow for relaxation.  If your childbirth class is more than 1 session, ask your instructor what you need to bring for the other sessions—usually 1 or 2 pillows, maybe a blanket or yoga mat.

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 have 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.   Please listen to the entire message, as each department may have a cancellation message. If a cancellation message has NOT been left on that line, then classes will meet as scheduled.   

If a Severe Weather Warning is in effect for DuPage County during the class time, the class will be canceled. 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.

If you have a question about your prenatal class or miss a class due to illness or your doctor places you on bedrest, please call or email me to see if we can reschedule you for a make-up class or other options, including refund.


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 (with a take-home manikin and instructional DVD). 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 hemmorhage 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) to see if we can get you into a make-up class. Since we have different outlines for the weekend, 3 week, or 4 week series, it may be difficult to find a make-up class that exactly matches the one you missed.

Susan Bard
Perinatal Education Coordinator