Welcome to Baby Steps, our class series for expecting or new parents. Currently, we offer instruction in the basics of caring for your newborn through two classes and a childbirth preparation class, with more coming soon. If you have suggestions for what you’d like to see in a Baby Steps class, please let us know. We want to host classes that you want to attend!

 


Labor of Love: Preparing for Childbirth

 Childbirth classes are offered by a Springfield Clinic CWH obstetrics physician or advanced practitioner one Saturday a month, every month, for FREE. The 2019 dates are as follows:

These classes are held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 1st floor meeting room of the Center for Women’s Health at the Springfield Clinic 1st – 900 Building.

900 North 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62702

These are one-session classes; all of the information is presented in one morning. 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

After the class, attendees will split into two groups for hospital tours. Each attendee can choose which hospital they want to tour, Memorial or St. John’s.

Registration is required. Click on the dates listed above to register with the online registration form. All participants will receive a FREE GIFT at class time.

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding classes are offered twice a month, every month, for FREE. The dates and times are as follows:

  • 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • 4th Thursday of each month, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

These classes are held in the 2nd floor education room of the Center for Women’s Health at the Springfield Clinic 1st - 900 Building .

900 North 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62702

These are one-session classes; all of the information is presented in one evening. 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

Registration is required. Please sign up online with the convenient form

What's Normal for Newborns?

Pediatrician Gretchen Gibbs, MD, will teach a NEW class four times a year on things to expect in the first weeks of bringing your baby home.

For 2018, the dates and times are as follows:

  • Nov. 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • May 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 13, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

This class is FREE. It will take place in the 1st floor meeting room of the Center for Women’s Health at the Springfield Clinic 1st - 900 Building.

900 North 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Registration is required. Please sign up online with the convenient form

Breastfeeding Support Group in Lincoln

 

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

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

200 Stahlhut Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656

This support group is led by Springfield Clinic Lincoln's international certified lactation consultant and an ALMH Registered Nurse. Weigh your baby, ask questions and share your stories with a supportive group of new moms.

NO registration is required, just show up!

Questions? Call 217.605.5233.

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