OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center Offers Free Birthing Classes to Community

7/27/2020 - Rockford, Illinois

As OSF HealthCare adjusts to the new Phase 4 guidelines, extra safety steps have been taken to start offering our free Mothers of Beautiful Babies classes and Postpartum Support Group meetings at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center.

 

“These classes offer new moms and moms to be a variety of educational material from topics like breastfeeding, understanding the process of birth, infant and toddler CPR and even postpartum depression,” said OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center Registered Nurse, Stevie Krantz, who specializes in perinatal education and postpartum depression, and leads the classes. “These are weekly classes OSF HealthCare offers free to our community where moms and their babies can come to a casual setting, learn vital information and even connect with other mothers.”

 

OSF HealthCare has taken extra precautions when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting that meet or exceed the CDC guidelines, and, to ensure the safety of all, we have limited the classes to 10 including the instructor. Masks will be required on everyone over the age of two and social distancing will be in place.

 

For more information call 815-227-2744 or visit osfhealthcare.org. For a description of the classes offered and a list of upcoming classes see the following pages.

 

 

 

 

Understanding Birth Class

Learn about the physical and emotional changes you can expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Our certified OB nurse perinatal educator will address labor support techniques, options for pain reduction and relaxation/breathing exercises. This class should be taken in or near the seventh month of pregnancy. A tour of the Birthing Center is included. Please bring a pillow and a mat/blanket for practicing. Partners are strongly encouraged to attend.

This class is a total of 6 hours offered in a 2 evening format.

Free event but online registration is required – www.osfhealthcare.org

 

Understanding Breastfeeding and Your Newborn Class

This evidence-based presentation includes all the current information on why breastfeeding is important and how to get off to a good start. Our nurse/lactation consultant/perinatal educator will educate you about breastfeeding and caring for your newborn. Please bring a pillow or nursing pillow. Partners are strongly encouraged to attend.

Offered once a month from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Free event but online registration is required – www.osfhealthcare.org

 

OB Navigator Prenatal Program                                                                                     

The OB Navigator Program provides expectant parents with evidenced-based information and insight from Chris, our OB Nurse Navigator/Certified OB RN, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant from the OSF Alternative Birthing Center. Parents can feel confident that they are receiving expert advice that is individualized to their personal needs.  

This program is a free event and may be initiated at any stage of your pregnancy –please call 1-815-226-1172 to schedule.

 

Infant and Toddler CPR

This class follows the American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR guidelines. You will feel confident knowing you can handle a crisis situation with you child. This course is ideal for new parents, grandparents, babysitters and other interested in learning how to saving a life.                                                                                                                                    

Offered once a month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Free event but online registration is required – www.osfhealthcare.org

 

Postpartum Clinic                                                                                                               

Our outpatient postpartum clinic addresses the “fourth trimester.” Our unique program offers new parents the opportunity to continue patient centered care after delivery with our perinatal educator/lactation consultant nurses. An assessment of mom and baby is routinely provided. This includes assistance with but not limited to infant feedings (whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding), weight checks, infant care, back to work guidance, growth expectations and adjustment to parenthood. The perinatal educators/lactation consultants provide encouragement and support for the new parents and the challenging aspects of a growing family.    

Free event but scheduled appointments required - call 1-815-227-2744.

 

 

Car Seat Safety                                                                                                                  

Our Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians provide hands-on education on correct car seat installations for infants and children to 13 years of age. Offered prenatally as well as any time after your child is born.                                                                                                                                                                                            

This program is a free event for all pregnant OSF Garrett Lane patients                                                                     

Please call 1-815-226-1172 to make an appointment through OB Navigator

 

MOBB (Mothers of Beautiful Babies)                                                                                       

This is a casual group setting where you have the opportunity to socialize and connect with other new moms and babies. Facilitated by our OSF perinatal/lactation educator registered nurses, Chris and Stevie. We have an infant scale available for you to weigh your baby. Come at your leisure, siblings are welcome to join! Free event and NO registration required.

Every Tuesday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in the Children’s Room on the first floor inside the main entrance of OSF Medical Center. 

Please call 1-815-227-2744 for more information.

 

Postpartum Support Group                                                                                 

Adjustment to motherhood can be both exciting and challenging. In this casual group setting you can share your joys and challenges of motherhood with other new moms in a safe and non-judgmental environment.  Facilitated by an RN who specializes in postpartum depression and anxiety (perinatal mood disorders.) Please bring your child/children and get the information and support to help you on your parenthood journey! Free event and NO registration is required.                                                                                                                        

Every Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Children’s Room on the first floor inside the main entrance of OSF Medical Center. 

Please call 1-815-227-2744 for more information.

 

 

 

Upcoming class list:

August

8-3-20 Infant & Toddler CPR – St Francis Room 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (CK)

8-10-20 Understanding Breastfeeding and Your Newborn – Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

8-17-20 Understanding Birth Part A - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m.  (SK)

8-24-20 Understanding Birth Part B - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

8-31-20 Understanding Breastfeeding and Your Newborn – Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

September

9-14-20 Infant & Toddler CPR – St Francis Room 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (CK)

9-21-20 Understanding Birth Part A - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

9-28-20 Understanding Birth Part B - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

October

10-5-20 Infant & Toddler CPR – St Francis Room 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (CK)

10-12-20 Understanding Breastfeeding and Your Newborn –Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

10-19-20 Understanding Birth Part A - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

10-26-20 Understanding Birth Part B - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

November

11-2-20 Infant & Toddler CPR – St. Anthony Room 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (CK)

 

11-9-20 Understanding Birth Part A - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

 

11-16-20 Understanding Birth Part B - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

 

11-23-20 Understanding Breastfeeding and Your Newborn –Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

 

11-30-20 Understanding Birth Part A - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

 

December

12-7-20 Understanding Birth Part B - Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

 

12-14-20 Understanding Breastfeeding and Your Newborn –Foundation Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (SK)

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