HSHS St. John’s Hospital is excited to announce the return of in-person prenatal classes for pregnant moms in the region.
St. John’s Women and Infants Center offers a wide range of services for mothers and infants. The July/August class schedule can be found by visiting st-johns.org/Events-Classes.
“We are excited we can hold these classes in-person once again,” said Jen Beauchamp, BSN, RN, CPST, patient and community educator at St. John’s Women and Infants Center. “Preparing expectant mothers for labor, delivery, feeding and taking their newborn home are so important to the health of mom and baby. Having these classes in person brings a sense of normalcy back to the pregnancy experience for moms-to-be.”
These classes are all taught by registered nurses. All are open to any expectant mother and her support person. New class dates and times will be added each month.
The following classes are available for registration:
Childbirth Express: Saturday, July 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & Saturday, Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Childbirth Express is a class that prepares you and your support person for the labor and delivery experience. During this comprehensive 8-hour class, you will learn several comfort techniques for pain management. Alternate ways of delivery, such as cesarean birth, will also be discussed. The last portion of the class touches on understanding newborns after delivery and some changes that your body will go through in the postpartum phase.
Breastfeeding Your Baby: Tuesday, July 27, 6-8 p.m. & Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m.
This class prepares expectant parents for a successful breastfeeding experience. We will discuss how breastfeeding works, how to breastfeed, when to feed your baby, how you know if you are making enough milk and breast care. The overall breastfeeding lifestyle and learning how your body makes milk is fascinating. Other topics include maternal nutrition, breast pumps, returning to work and weaning.
Parenthood: Thursday, July 29, 6-8 p.m.
This class is designed to prepare you for your new role as a parent. We will discuss the emotional and physical changes you will experience after the birth of your baby. How will I cope with a baby? Why do babies cry? How can I calm my baby? What kind of support should I have when I get home? These and many more questions will be answered. A local pediatrician will also be present to answer questions about how to choose a baby doctor.
Baby Basics: Tuesday, August 10, 6-8 p.m.
This class provides information on understanding newborn traits, behaviors, procedures and appearances. Parents will better understand feeding and hunger cues, crying and comforting and diaper basics. We will go over what skin-to-skin contact is and discuss its importance. This class will also provide information on newborn states of alertness, newborn sleep, room-sharing and newborn breathing patterns. After taking a Baby Basics class, parents will feel much more comfortable taking home their newborn.
Ongoing safety precautions are in place at the hospital for the safety of all. Visitor temperatures will be taken, and each person will be asked additional COVID-19 related screening questions. All participants are required to wear a mask in the building. Each expectant mother may have one support person attend class with her.
For more information or to sign-up for classes, call 217-744-2229, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit st-johns.org/Events-Classes.
The St. John’s Women and Infants Center offers high quality care throughout the birthing process. Amenities at the center include private rooms, a C-section suite and post-partum care.