Maternity Services at NCH

Prenatal Education Classes



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Prenatal classes for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth experience

We offer a wide range of classes taught by registered nurses, both to help you better prepare for childbirth and to care for your newborn. Register early as classes fill up quickly. The best time to register is during your fourth or fifth month of pregnancy. 

The following prenatal classes are available at NCH


Prepared Childbirth Class (in person)
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This class, held on three or four consecutive weeks*, teaches all aspects of childbirth, including the phases of labor and delivery. It is recommended during the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. Instructions include relaxation exercises, breathing techniques and comfort measures. A detailed description of all phases of labor and birth, including medical interventions, anesthesia and options for labor, as well as a birth video and a tour of the obstetrical department, are included. This class is taught by a registered nurse who is a certified childbirth educator.

*The 'additional sessions' are listed at the bottom of each class's webpage, which indicate whether the class has three or four sessions.

Online Childbirth Education (Internet)

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The Gift of Motherhood eLearning Childbirth Education Program is a convenient alternative for expectant parents who cannot attend a conventional prepared childbirth class due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints. It is also useful as a refresher course for repeat parents. The program is an interactive, Web-based tool that contains animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs and games. After you register, you will receive an access code and you will have access for a 60-day period, beginning from the date of your initial use. An accompanying parent's handbook will be sent after registration. You will also have one class with a certified educator to review breathing and relaxation techniques. Tour of obstetrical department included.

Breastfeeding Class

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A registered nurse specializing in lactation provides info and demonstrates techniques to help new mothers maximize their opportunity to establish successful breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby are also shared. Partner/support person welcome. Learn about our breastfeeding support services.

Dads Only Class

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This Dads Only Class will explore the magic and challenges of first-time fatherhood. An experienced dad will facilitate this class modeled on the Boot Camp for Dads® program.

Infant and Child CPR Safety Class

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This class teaches the American Heart Association's techniques for infant and child CPR and first aid techniques for choking. Participants will have an opportunity to practice techniques on a mannequin. Infant and child safety topics will be discussed, including child-proofing your home.

Super Brother/Super Sister Class for Ages 4 and Older and Super Brother/Super Sister Class for Ages 2 and 3

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This class helps prepare children ages 2 and older for a new baby's arrival. Class includes a slide show and puppet movie about being a new big brother or sister. There is a discussion about how to hold, diaper and feed a baby. A visit to the nursery window may be included. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent.

Tours of the Women's Center at NCH

Tours are free, but registration is required; please–no children under 10; younger children are encouraged to attend a Super Brothers/Super Sisters class.

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Tours are available for those who are not taking prepared childbirth classes. Tours are available on Monday evenings or Saturday mornings. You may register online for the current available session.

A New Baby...Now What? Class

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Learn hands-on basic care and survival techniques to get through the first month at home with a new baby. This class will cover basic baby care, including comforting a crying baby, how to know if your baby is sick and when to call the doctor, as well as proper car seat installation.

Prenatal Massage

A physician’s note is required. 
Call Spa Concierge at 847-618-3504 to make an appointment

Embrace the changes of pregnancy and enjoy this nurturing rest. A tranquil, inviting refuge, Reflections Spa on the second floor of The Wellness Center offers a variety of unique holistic services—including restorative, preventive and rehabilitative—designed thoughtfully so that you relax, renew and rejuvenate. In conjunction with The Wellness Center’s fitness services, we aim to help optimize your health by welcoming you to bask in our nurturing haven. We suggest you arrive 10–15 minutes prior to your service to relax and savor our comforting ambience. A physician’s note is required.

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