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At DMH, we want to be there for you the entire process of your birth experience. We have numerous Classes and Programs to prepare you and your family for your new arrival. Printed copy of 2020 schedule of classes coming soon.


Childbirth Experience Class
This class addresses what to expect before, during and after childbirth; birth by C-section;  pain management; and when to come to the hospital.

These classes are free and held in the DMH Family Birth Center classroom (third floor) from  6:30—8:30 pm.

To register, call 217-876-3400 or register online.

  • Jan. 16
  • Feb. 11
  • March 12
  • April 21
  • May 14
  • June 16
  • July 16
  • Aug. 11
  • Sept. 10
  • Oct. 6
  • Nov. 5
  • Dec. 1

Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Class

This class is taught by a member of the Family Birth Center staff who reviews breastfeeding (pumping/storing, positioning your baby, tips for success) and newborn care in the early days and beyond.

Offered FREE, this class provides information about why breast feeding is the BEST choice for baby and mother. Fathers/support persons welcome. Class held from 6:30-8:30 pm in the OB classroom. Registration required.

To register, call 217-876-3400 or register online.

  • Jan. 23
  • Feb. 18
  • March 19
  • April 28
  • May 21
  • June 23
  • July 23
  • Aug. 18
  • Sept. 17
  • Oct. 13
  • Nov. 12
  • Dec. 8

Family Birth Center Tours

We encourage expectant parents who anticipate delivering at DMH to take a complimentary FREE tour of the labor and delivery area to see a birthing room, the nursery and the postpartum area. Tours will be offered every other month at 7 pm in the DMH Family Birth Center Classroom.

For more information, call 217-876-3400 or register online.

  • Jan. 30
  • March 26
  • May 28
  • July 30
  • Sept. 24
  • Nov. 19

Infant CPR Classes

FREE. Learn how to perform CPR on an infant, child and adult. For parents, babysitters, grandparents and caregivers. Classes are held in the DMH Family Birth Center Classroom at 7 pm.

To register, call 217-876-3100 or register online.

  • Jan. 13
  • Feb. 10
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • July 13
  • Aug. 10
  • Sept. 14
  • Oct. 12
  • Nov. 9
  • Dec. 14

Big Brother/Sister Day Camp

Children ages three years to 10 years learn about new babies, what to expect when mom goes to the hospital and how to help at home. Please bring a doll or stuffed animal for practice. This class is FREE and meets at 6:30 pm in the DMH Family Birth Center Classroom.

For more information, call 217-876-3400 or register online.

  • Feb. 6
  • May 7
  • Aug. 6
  • Nov. 5

Safe Sitter Class

This one-session class teaches 11-13 year-old girls and boys how to handle emergencies and provide safe child care. The class costs $30 and meets from 9am – 3 pm in the DMH Family Birth Center Classroom.

For more information, call 217-876-3100 or register online.

  • March 21
  • June 20
  • Sept. 19

E-Birth Class – Online Childbirth Class

Our online childbirth class is ideal for those expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site childbirth class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions.

The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth. Cost: $40.

To register please call 217-876-3400 or register online.