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    Baby Steps Classes

    Welcome to Baby Steps

    Welcome to Baby Steps, our free class series for expecting or new parents. We currently offer instruction in the basics of caring for your newborn through two classes and a childbirth preparation class. All Springfield Clinic Baby Steps classes are held in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Springfield Clinic 1st - 900 Building.

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    Labor of Love: Preparing for Childbirth

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    Childbirth classes are offered by a Springfield Clinic Center for Women's Health physician or advanced practitioner for FREE. Registration is required and space is limited due to COVID-19 regulations. These are one-session classes; all information is presented in one morning. These classes are held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Springfield Clinic 1st – 900 Building.

    Please note that classes may change from in-person to virtual or may be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will contact patients leading up to the event date with more details.  

    Class Topics Include

    • Your obstetrics care team and each person’s role in your birth experience

    • Signs of early labor and when to call your doctor or go to the hospital

    • The basics of pregnancy anatomy

    • Stages and process of natural labor

    • Techniques to assist you through the stages of labor

    • Pain management options during labor

    • Understanding that not all things go “as planned” in labor and delivery

    • What a “4th trimester” is

    Remaining 2021 Class Dates

    Please note that the August, September and October Labor of Love class dates have been cancelled.

    Breastfeeding Basics

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    Breastfeeding classes are offered twice a month (with the exception of November and December), every month, for FREE. Registration is required and space is limited due to COVID-19 regulations. These are one-session classes; all information is presented in one evening. These classes are held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Springfield Clinic 1st - 900 Building.

    Please note that classes may change from in-person to virtual or may be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will contact patients leading up to the event date with more details.  

    Class Topics Include

    • Benefits of breastfeeding to mom and baby

    • Explanation of how breastfeeding works

    • Positioning

    • Getting started

    • What to expect in the first days and weeks at home

    Remaining 2021 Dates

    Please note that the August, September and October Breastfeeding Basics class dates have been cancelled.

    What's Normal for Newborns?

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    Pediatrician Gretchen Gibbs, MD, will teach a class on things to expect in the first weeks of bringing your baby home. Registration is required and space is limited due to COVID-19 regulations. These classes are held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Springfield Clinic 1st - 900 Building.

    Remaining 2021 Dates

    Breastfeeding Support Group

    Breastfeeding support groups are offered every Wednesday from 12 - 1:30 p.m. for FREE. Bring your lunch; walk-ins are welcome! Questions? Call 217.605.5233.

    These classes are held in the Graue Room at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

    This support group is led by Springfield Clinic Lincoln's certified lactation consultant, Lynn Stahr, RN, and an ALMH registered nurse. Weigh your baby, do a weighed feeding, ask questions and share your stories with a supportive group of new moms.

    *The breastfeeding support group will continue to meet weekly with the following restrictions in place:

    • Moms with babies 6 months or younger will be allowed. If your baby is over 6 months and you need assistance, place call the OB unit at 217.605.5233 to set up an appointment to meet with a lactation nurse. 

    • You will have your temperature taken and you will be required to wear a mask upon arrival to ALMH.

    • No siblings allowed.

    • We will be limiting the number of moms in the room so there may be a small waiting period when you arrive.

    • We will be set up to allow for proper social distancing.

    • While we enjoy visiting with each of you, we ask that when you are done feeding, you leave to allow for other mothers to come in for assistance.