Baby Steps: a Springflield Clinic class series

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.

Please note that classes may change from in-person to virtual. We will contact patients leading up to the event date with more details.  

The 2020 dates are as follows:

These classes are held from 8 a.m. to 12 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

Registration is required and space is limited due to COVID-19 regulations. 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 2020 dates are as follows:

*November and December months will only have one class (2nd Wednesday) due to the holidays.

These classes are held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 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 and space is limited due to COVID-19 regulations. Click on the dates listed above to register with the online registration 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 2020, the dates and times are as follows:

  • Aug. 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 10, 2020, 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

 

Due to COVID-19 regulations, this support group has restrictions* 

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 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. You will have your temperature taken and you will be required to wear a mask upon arrival to ALMH.
  3. No siblings allowed.
  4. We will be limiting the number of moms in the room so there may be a small waiting period when you arrive.
  5. We will be set up to allow for proper social distancing.
  6. 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. 

NO registration is required, just show up!

Questions? Call 217.605.5233.

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