From the day you discover you’re pregnant, your emotions and thoughts may range from happiness to anxiety. Let us help you better prepare for what is to come.
The Kish Hospital Community Wellness Department offers classes to provide guidance and instruction for parents-to-be continuing through delivery and early childhood.
At your first prenatal visit, your doctor and Kish Hospital become partners in your continuing education. You will receive information about pre-natal care and a schedule of our comprehensive Childbirth and Infant Care classes.
For more information call 815.748.8962. Online registration is available.
These classes include:
A five session class for the expectant mom and her labor companion. Learn the signs and stages of labor; breathing, relaxation and comfort techniques; variations of labor, including cesarean births; and take a tour of the Maternity Suites. Labor companions learn to provide physical and emotional support during the birthing process.
Prepared Childbirth Weekend Express
This condensed Prepared Childbirth class for the expectant mom and her labor companion provides the same basic information as our Prepared Childbirth class, but offers you the convenience of completing it in one day.
Prepared Childbirth Refresher
For expectant parents who have attended a Prepared Childbirth class for a prior birth and wish to attend a “refresher” class. Attend the Prepared Childbirth Weekend Express class from 10 am - 12:30 pm.
Prepared Childbirth for Young Moms
A class for young moms ages 15 – 21. Learn the signs and stages of labor; breathing, relaxation and comfort techniques; and variations of labor including cesarean births with your support person and other young moms. A tour of the Maternity Suites will be provided.
New Baby Care
This nationwide program for fathers-to-be is taught by veteran dads who bring their own babies for hands on practice. This workshop includes infant basics, becoming a dad, forming a new family and caring for new moms. Fathers-to-be will go home prepared and confident in their ability to be a new dad.
Boot Camp for New Dads
A class for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to learn the basics of newborn care. Bathing, diapering, feeding, crying and sleeping are just a few of the topics we will explore.
Infant Safety and CPR
For new parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Learn about infant safety including childproofing, poison prevention, SIDS, CPR and choking rescue for infants less than 1 year of age. Not a certification class.
Moms Breastfeeding Group
Mothers and babies are welcome to attend this breastfeeding group to discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding. Drop in with your baby to meet other breastfeeding moms and receive the support and encouragement you need.
Learn the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, getting started, preventing common problems and how to pump and store breast milk.
Children who are at least 2 years old will benefit from this class by learning how babies look, act and behave. Children will tour a room in the Maternity Suites, visit a newborn in the nursery, practice holding a baby and watch a video about big brothers and sisters.
Infant Massage Class
Research shows touch is essential to human development. This one-hour, hands-on class will instruct you in beginner infant massage techniques and the clinical effects of massage on your baby. Limit two adults per infant. Call 815.748.8900.
Tour the Maternity Suites
We encourage expectant parents to join us for a walking tour of the beautiful and spacious Maternity Suites. The tour is free, but registration is required. This tour is also given as a part of our Prepared Childbirth classes. Please call 815.748.8962 to schedule a date and time.