Family Birthing Center

Prenatal and Postnatal Classes

From breastfeeding basics to learning about childbirth, midwifery, infant massage, infant CPR and more, sign up for classes that keep you in the know.

Preparing for Childbirth

It is best to register for this program during your 20th week of pregnancy.
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Option #1

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. Tour is included.

Option #2

This is a one-day, condensed version of Option 1, designed to meet the needs of busy parents-to-be. Find out what to expect at the Hospital, what the most important policies are and what your pain management options will be. Tour is included.

Option #3

This eLearning class is a self-paced program designed for parents-to-be with busy schedules who would prefer to access the classes from their own computer. You will receive a complete education in a convenient and personalized format.


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Let a member of our lactation support team get you and your baby off to a great start. Soon-to-be moms and their partners will learn the benefits of breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, latch-on and positioning, when to feed your baby, breast care and breastfeeding lifestyle.

Healthy Pregnancy, Happy Baby

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Nutrition and exercise can make pregnancy more enjoyable for you and healthy for your baby. A dietitian will explain how to eat healthy, deal with the discomforts of pregnancy and recognize the signs of preterm labor. In addition, participants will tour the Family Birthing Center. This class should be taken between your 20th and 26th week of pregnancy.

Mommy and Baby Hour

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Adjusting to motherhood is exciting but challenging. An experienced R.N. will guide weekly conversations with expert guests on many different parenting topics. We welcome mothers and their infants to join our weekly group. Bring a blanket for your baby to lie on.

Caring for Baby

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The first days at home with a newborn can be a complete mystery to new parents. This class will help you feel more confident about how to feed, comfort and keep your baby safe and healthy. The class will cover newborn appearance, senses and brain development, comfort techniques, feeding, diapering, bathing, umbilical cord care, circumcision care, sleeping, and health and safety.

Infant Massage

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Learn how infant massage will benefit you and your baby in this fun and interactive three-week class. Babies not only show improved growth and development after getting massaged routinely, but they also learn a great deal about comfort, security and emotional bonding. You will practice infant massage strokes on your baby with guidance from a certified infant massage instructor.

Family Birthing Center Tours

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The best way to get an idea of what your delivery day will be like is to take a tour. You and your partner will get to see one of the actual birthing rooms, and the hospital staff will explain the various monitors, equipment and services offered.

Family Birthing Center Tours for Midwifery Patients

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This tour of the Family Birthing Center is specific for patients receiving care from the midwifery practice at Elmhurst Memorial Elmhurst Clinic. The tour includes a visit to the birthing suites and a review of alternative birthing options, such as water birth. Additional comfort measures will be discussed during the tour.

Tours for Siblings

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A brief tour for soon-to-be big brothers and sisters to see what their moms‛ hospital rooms will look like and hear what it will be like to have a new baby in the family.

Dogs & Storks

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An international program designed to help expecting families with dogs to get ready for life with baby. This two hour informative workshop promotes dog and baby friendly techniques to create a safe and fun environment for the entire family. You will learn the basics of dog communication, get to know your dog's sensitivities, how to introduce baby to dog, management techniques, how to decrease attention seeking behaviors and more.

Breast Pump Rentals and Outpatient Lactation Visits

Contact the Lactation Department at (331) 221-5433

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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