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Oh, Baby! Prenatal and Infant Care Classes

Oh, Baby! offers a variety of comprehensive prenatal and infant care educational classes to help expectant and new parents and their babies get off to a great start. Support and expertise do not end at the last class session. The staff in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Women and Children's Center are happy to answer your questions. To assist you after your baby arrives, our lactation consultant is on staff to help you make a smooth transition to breastfeeding.

Oh, Baby! EXPRESS and the Two-Week Comprehensive Oh, Baby Class Session include:

  • Tour of the Women and Children's Center
  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Pain relief options for labor and beyond
  • Obstetrics procedures
  • Active birthing techniques and positions to help progress labor
  • Postpartum: So You've Had the Baby! What are You Going to do Now?

...and so much more!

Register for classes

Pre-registration is required for all classes. All class session dates are subject to change.

Why should I take Oh, Baby! classes?

Lots of reasons!

Oh, Baby! Is especially designed for our expectant mothers and their birth partners. It includes a lot more than simple breathing and relaxation techniques. You'll learn about birthing choices that are offered at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Women and Children's Center and you'll learn about issues you haven't even thought of that will be very important to you during labor and delivery. And your birth partner will learn how to help you throughout your birth experience.

It is the expectation of Sarah Bush's Women and Children's Center's physicians and nursing staff that all first-time mothers attend Oh, Baby! classes with their birth partners. It makes your job so much easier! We also strongly encourage those who have delivered before to attend the classes as a review. The Women and Children's Center really cares about you, your baby and your birth experience. We deliver families daily, and each one is so very special. And that's why we've designed this very unique program.

Here are a few of the benefits you will receive when you attend Oh, Baby!

• learn how to make your pregnancy more comfortable
• get answers and information about common questions and concerns
• learn about preterm labor and how to prevent a premature birth
• learn about the importance of checking in with your unborn baby every day
• receive information about your childbirth choices, including medications for labor pain
• learn what you can expect during labor and delivery
• learn how to tell if you are in labor
• be informed about danger signs during pregnancy
• learn how to keep yourself and your unborn baby safe
• learn how your new baby will effect your life
• receive information about procedures performed in the Women and Children's Center to keep your baby healthy
• receive information about infant feeding options - breastfeeding and bottle feeding (You'll also learn why breast milk is the best nutrition on the planet for your baby and how to make it work for you if you choose.)
• learn how to protect and care for your baby

Which Oh, Baby! classes should I take?

Two-Week Comprehensive Prepared Childbirth Sessions

Topics Include:
• Pregnancy Discomforts and Danger Signs
• How to Know When You’re REALLY In Labor
• Stages of Labor
• Pain Management During Labor
• Maximizing Your Labor Progress
• Common Medical Procedures in Labor and Delivery
• Induced and Augmented Labors
• Cesarean Delivery
• Guided Tour of the Women and Children’s Center (with one of our very own Labor Nurses!)
• Numerous Birth Videos

PLUS focused teaching on the following topics:
• Breathing and Relaxation During Labor
• Birth Partner’s Role in Labor
• Understanding Postpartum
• A First Look at Breastfeeding
This course is ideal for those interested in “Natural Childbirth” and “Active Labor” methods. *bring a pillow and blanket to Week Two

Cost: $30     If you qualify for WIC or the Illinois Medical Card: $15
                      SBLHS Employees: $15

2017 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
December 6 & 13

2018 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
January 17 & 24
March 8 & 15
May 9 & 16
July 3 & 10
September 5 & 12
November 6 & 13


Oh, Baby! EXPRESS

Topics Include:
• Pregnancy Discomforts and Danger Signs
• How to Know When You’re REALLY In Labor
• Stages of Labor
• Pain Management During Labor
• Maximizing Your Labor Progress
• Common Medical Procedures in Labor and Delivery
• Induced and Augmented Labors
• Cesarean Delivery
• Guided Tour of the Women and Children’s Center (with one of our very own Labor Nurses!)
• Numerous Birth Videos

Express includes all the topics above in a fast paced Saturday morning session. This course is great for those whose schedules can’t accommodate the Two Week Comprehensive, but still want to learn the essentials for delivery at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Oh Baby! Express also makes a great refresher if this isn’t your first baby!

Cost: $30    If you qualify for WIC or the Illinois Medical Card: $15
                     SBLHS Employees: $15

2017 - 6 to 8:30 pm
December 16

2018 - Saturdays 9 am to 12:30 pm
February 24
March 24
April 28
May 19
June 23
July 21
August 18
September 22
October 20
December 15


We've Got Your Back! Epidural Class

Enjoy a discussion lead by a member of our SBL anesthesia team.
Class content includes:
• Use of Analgesics During Labor
      - Effectiveness, Side Effects, When to Use
• Use of Epidurals and Other Regional Anesthetics
      - Effectiveness, Side Effects, When to Use
      - What to Expect
      - How is the Epidural Placed

Cost: Free of charge

2017 - Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm
November 14

2018 - Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm
January 16
March 20
May 15
July 17
September 18
November 20


Bootie Kamp Infant Care Seminar

Great for all new parents and grandparents!
Class content includes:
• How to Care for Your Newborn
• Newborn Bath
• Circumcision and Cord Stump Care
• SIDS Prevention
• Common Newborn Appearances (molding, milia, rash, etc)
• Tips for Calming a Fussy Baby
• What You Really Need vs. Products You Can Live Without

Cost: Free of charge

2018 - Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm
February 22
April 12
June 14
August 23
October 11
December 6


Feed Me, I'm Yours Breastfeeding Seminar

A MUST if you plan to breastfeed! Whether this is your first baby or you just didn’t have a great breastfeeding experience before, this class will help you be prepared for a successful breastfeeding journey!
Class content includes:
• Breastfeeding Basics – How To Know You’re Doing It “Right”!
• Avoiding Common Breastfeeding Pitfalls
• How To Know Your Baby Is Getting Enough
• Pumping – Which Pumps Are Best, Going Back to Work, Storing Milk
• What You Really Need vs. Products You Can Live Without
• The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Cost: Free of charge

2017 - 6 to 8:30 pm
October 25
November 29
December 28

2018 - 6 to 8:30 pm
January 11
February 8
March 6
May 8
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 17
November 8
December 20


Infant Child CPR

This course teaches the standards in infant child CPR from the American Heart Association and is taught by a certified CPR instructor. This course will teach parents or caregivers skills that can help save their infant or child’s life. Participants will not be certified in this course.

Cost: $10 for mom and birth partner, $5 per additional person

2017 - Fridays 6 to 7:30 pm
October 27
December 22

2018 - Fridays 6 to 7:30 pm
January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 25
June 22
July 27
August 24
September 28
October 26
November 23
December 28


Big Brother, Big Sister Pajama Party Sibling Class

This fun course is excellent for preparing the little people already in your household for a new baby! It includes discussion of basic baby do’s and don’ts, a movie, snack, photo op, and more!

Cost: $5 per child

2017 - Fridays from 6 to 7:30 pm
October 13
November 10
December 8

2018 - Fridays 6 to 7:30 pm
January 12
February 9
March 9
April 13
June 8
July 13
August 10
October 12
November 9
December 14


Safe and Snug Car Seat Class

We’re thrilled to bring you this service from the Mattoon Police Department. Car seat safety information will be provided by Mattoon police officers who are also certified car seat technicians. A discussion and question and answer period will be included. Bring your car seat installed in your vehicle (if possible) and the car seat techs will assess it, insuring that it is properly installed, and that it is the right seat for your baby. In the State of Illinois, children must be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat upon leaving the hospital and at any other time thereafter. Anyone who will be transporting your child is encouraged to attend. More than one car seat can be checked per family. The best time to attend is prior to 36 weeks of pregnancy, but all parents are also welcome.

2017
December 10 • 6 to 8 pm

2018
February 4 • 1 to 3 pm
April 10 • 6 to 8 pm

Fee: FREE.  Pre-registration is required. Call to register: 217-258-2229 (BABY).


Parent 2 Parent

This free course includes: Support group for parents, grandparents and supporting family members of children birth to four years.

2017 - Meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7 pm.
Participants should contact Kyla Ballinger at 217-962-0765 for details.

How do I register?

Pre-registration is required for all classes. All class session dates are subject to change.

What if I cannot afford the fee?

We will not turn away expectant parents who plan to deliver their baby at Sarah Bush Lincoln due to an inability to pay the class fee. For more information, or to discuss payment arrangements, please contact the Office of Perinatal Education at the phone number above.