Your mind is probably always thinking about the baby when you are pregnant. Getting help or taking classes is really not the first thing on your mind I am sure. The hospital I went to is in Breese, Illinois. They offer plenty of birthing classes, prenatal education, or even a class for when baby comes. They are really nice and treat you wonderfully at St. Joseph’s hospital. The childbirth classes to name a few consist of infant massage, help on breastfeeding, and baby care and safety.
- Infant massage class:
This class is just about the baby. Starting when the baby is born until he/she is 6 months old. Parents are trained by The Loving Touch Foundation. These classes are offered to the public every other Monday from 1pm-3pm then again later that night at 6pm-7pm in the Healthplex room.
- Breastfeeding classes:
This childbirth class will show the mothers everything they need to know if they decide to breastfeed and how to do it. Any mother is welcome to this educational class pregnant or not. If you would like just to come in for some information you can. This class is on Thursday, Aug.13th at 7pm.
- Baby care and safety:
This pregnancy class is for new mothers to learn the know how. It will teach you infant care, behavior, bathing your child safely, and how to work car seats. This prenatal education class will come in real handy, it did for me. Especially with those car seats, some of them can be a bit confusing to install. This childbirth class though is Thursday, Aug. 20th at 7pm in the Heritage room.
- Prepared childbirth class:
There are 3 different times and sessions for this class. This way if you really want to go hopefully you will catch one of them.
- Prepared childbirth refresh: This will give you an idea on what is going to happen at the time of birthing. This session is Tuesday, Aug.11th at 7pm.
- 3 week prepared class-This session consists of 3 separate times. The sessions begin on Aug. 18th, then on Aug. 25th, and Sept. 1st. The time for all of the classes are 7pm.
- 1 day prepared class-This session is a little longer but it is only one day so it would make up the difference. The date and time for this class is Saturday Aug. 29th from 9am-3pm.
All of these prenatal childbirth classes will be offered free to the public. They do ask of you though to make a reservation. You can ask for Helen Essenpreiss at (618)-526-5423. If you want to join these birthing classes you will love them. They are a really helpful experience and the instructors will do anything to make sure you are comfortable.