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classes and programs for parents to be

There is so much to learn about pregnancy, birth, post-partum and parenting that it is easy to be overwhelmed.  Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital offers a number of programs to help you, your partner and family members prepare for your pregnancy and new baby. All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators.  Register for programs, or download an easy to read brochure of Childbirth Education classes.

Childbirth Classes

Great Expectations
Reduce your apprehension and increase the enjoyment of pregnancy for you and your partner with this helpful class.

Childbirth Education
Increase your knowledge of the birth process, address your concerns and misconceptions, and learn options for labor and delivery.  The program includes a tour of the Birth Center.

Additional Comfort Techniques for Labor
For couples interested in learning more detailed information about pain management.

Refresher Childbirth Class
Refresh your skills and get up-to-date birthing information. Not recommended for first-time parents-to-be.

VBAC Class
Prepares couples who have previously delivered by Cesarean and are now planning for a vaginal birth.

Classes for Baby

Happiest Baby on the Block
Learn how to stimulate your baby's calming reflex.

Infant Massage
Learn the art of infant massage and its benefits

Classes to Prepare Everyone for Baby

Twins or More!
Feel more confident as parents about the challenges and joys of multiple births.

Breastfeeding
Increase the success and enjoyment of the breastfeeding experience by taking this one-session class. Partners are encouraged to attend.

Parenting Workshop
Learn key information such as growth and development, age appropriate discipline techniques and communication for children ages birth through four.

Newborn Basics
Learn the many facets of caring for a newborn such as bathing, diapering and circumcision care.

Caring for Kids Class
The perfect class for that big brother or sister to take before the new baby arrives.

Grandparenting Class
A one-time class where expectant grandparents can learn good advice and have a good time.

CPR for Family and Friends
Covers CPR, rescue breathing, and how to prevent the common injuries in infants and children up to 8 years of age. This class is ideal for parents, expected parents, grandparents and other family members.

Go Green for Baby
Help prevent unhealthy chemical exposure to your baby

Just for Mom and Baby

Baby Is Here
Discuss the adjustments of your new life as a mom with other new mothers. This class should be taken during the first three months with your newborn. 

Yoga After Baby
Join other moms for stretching, exercise and relaxation while incorporating gentle yoga techniques. Babies are welcome to attend (6 weeks to pre-crawlers). A physician's note is required.

Baby Bistro
This free breast feeding support group is held every Monday from 12:30-2 at Good Shepherd Hospital. Registration is not required.

Just for Dads 

Training for Dads
Dads - gain the confidence and experience to prepare for the game of a lifetime - fatherhood. The class is taught by an experienced dad and certified childbirth educator.


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