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Prenatal Classes & Beyond

Prenatal Classes & Beyond

Prenatal Classes & Beyond

What is pregnancy and childbirth? For first-time parents, it's a great leap into the unknown. You can read about it, watch videos, visualize it and hear stories from pregnant women and parents. But, until you actually experience it, it's hard to imagine. And until you actually have a baby to care for, it's hard to comprehend all that's involved, for you and your family. That's why The Baby Place offers comprehensive prenatal and sibling education, as well as breastfeeding education and ongoing support.

Childbirth Classes

Childbirth classes are a chance to learn in-depth about what to expect and how to cope, and, at the very least, learn a few breathing and relaxation exercises and coaching techniques for having a baby. To make sure the teachers are thorough and also personal, no more than 10 couples make up a session. Besides meeting other expectant parents and sharing pregnancy stories, you will spend lots of time practicing coaching techniques (videos you and your partner can take home are often included).

Topics to be covered by certified teachers include:

  • Nutrition and how and what you eat affects a growing fetus
  • Physical and psychological changes during pregnancy
  • Prenatal exercises
  • Stages of labor, what is happening to your body and how to deal with it
  • Signs of labor and when to call your physician or midwife
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Types of medical interventions often used during delivery, how you can avoid them and when they are necessary
  • Pain relief options during labor and delivery
  • Cesarean section
  • Physical and psychological changes after delivery
  • Infant-feeding options: breast vs. bottle
  • Characteristics and care of newborns
  • How to communicate with your provider and medical team
  • A tour of The Baby Place

For more information, visit the International Childbirth Education Association (www.icea.org), The Bradley Method (www.bradleybirth.com) or The Lamaze Method (www.lamaze.org).

Dress comfortably and bring a pillow to class so you can easily practice breathing and relaxation exercises. Parents must register in advance for all classes. You will be scheduled to complete the childbirth classes approximately three to four weeks before your due date, allowing you adequate time to prepare for labor with confidence. Classes are held in the Park Court Conference Center, and the cost is $20 for the 5-week series. Saturday Express classes are also available from 9-4:30 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes lunch.To register, please call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480.

Sibling Class

The Sibling Class helps children prepare for a new addition to the family. Kids will get a tour of The Baby Place, learn about becoming a big brother or sister, and even learn how to help when the new baby arrives. Classes are held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the Park Court Conference Center, and the cost is $5. To register, call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480.

Pregnancy Support

Cravings. Swollen feet. But, oh, the joys of feeling your baby kick! The Pregnancy Support Group offers women a monthly opportunity to gather together, learn more about pregnancy, discuss birth options and make new friends. It's a great place for women to share their discomforts and excitement about all the stages of pregnancy. If you are interested in such a group, please contact Shannon at (309) 347-2166.

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Class

For many new moms, breastfeeding is not easy. That's why some mothers-to-be opt to prepare through our Breastfeeding Class. Led by a professional lactation consultant, this class will teach you about the benefits of baby breastfeeding, techniques, tips on returning to work, family support and more. Feel free to bring a support person! Classes are held in the Park Court Conference Center, and the cost is $10 for two classes. To register, call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Share with others the experiences of breastfeeding and being a new mother. A professional lactation consultant is also available during certain meetings. The group meets every second and fourth Monday from 10 a.m. to noon and the third Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Park Court Conference Center. For more information, call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480 or page Beth Seidel at (309) 366-0610 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.