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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. Click here for a printed copy of our schedule.


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 Family Birth Center classroom
(third floor) from  6:30—8:30 pm on the days listed here.

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

  • Jan. 17
  • Feb. 12
  • March 14
  • April 16
  • May 16
  • June 11
  • July 18
  • Aug. 13
  • Sept. 19
  • Oct. 15
  • Nov. 14
  • Dec. 10

Caring For Your Baby Class

This class is taught by a member of the Family Birth Center staff who reviews breast feeding (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. 24
  • Feb. 19
  • March 21
  • April 23
  • May 23
  • June 18
  • July 25
  • Aug. 20
  • Sept. 26
  • Oct. 22
  • Nov. 21
  • Dec. 17

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: see a birthing room, the nursery and postpartum area. Tours will be offered every other month at 7 pm.

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

  • Jan. 22
  • March 19
  • May 21
  • July 23
  • Sept. 24
  • Nov. 19

bear Infant CPR Classes

FREE. Learn how to perform CPR on an infant, child & adult. For parents, babysitters, grandparents and caregivers.

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

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

Big Brother – Big 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. Children practice with a doll; please bring a doll or stuffed animal. This class is FREE and meets at 6:30 pm in the OB classroom.

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

  • Feb. 7
  • May 2
  • Aug. 1
  • Nov. 7

  Expectant Grandparent

This FREE class covers newborn care, childproofing a home, toys for various ages and other new-grandparent concerns. The class meets from 7—8:30 pm in the OB classroom.

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

  • Jan. 21
  • March 18
  • May 20
  • Aug. 19
  • Oct. 14

Safe Sitter Class

This FREE class covers newborn care, childproofing a home, toys for various ages and other new-grandparent concerns. The class meets from 7—8:30 pm in the OB classroom.

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

  • March 30
  • May 4
  • Dec. 28

  InBeTWEEN For Girls

Girls, ages nine to 12 years, are invited (along with a parent) to learn more about the life issues that are important for teens to know: health, physical and emotional changes of puberty, the reproductive system, the importance of nutrition and exercise, caring for your body, coping with new feelings and relationships. The one-day class is held from 10—11:30 am in the OB classroom and is FREE of charge.

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

  • March 31
  • Sept. 14

 


 

 

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