Prepared Childbirth Class

Prepared Childbirth Classes

Please bring 2 pillows and a blanket or mat for floor exercises to each session of your childbirth class (unless your instructor tells you differently). You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks to class too. On your first session of class, you will be given a booklet "Understanding Birth" that covers all the topics in class, plus more!  Please read through the book and watch the videos online (you will find the code on the back cover). We will also give you a folder with a few handouts for class.  More information about topics in class are found on the links below.  Please read through this information and print off anything that you feel would be helpful to have during labor.


(Please see the "Pregnancy" links on the prenatal class webpage.)

Nutrition Worksheets
Kick Counts
Anatomy for Childbirth
Exercises  to prepare for childbirth. 

Bedrest resources

Sidelines website
Living Through Hospital Bedrest--Sidelines article
The Science of Relaxation--Sidelines article
Edward Hospital has a facebook support group "NICU & Antepartum"



Edward Hospital's Family Birth Center 


(see additional links on the prenatal classes webpage)
Lamaze articles for New Parents
Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression (Lamaze) 
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale  

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