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Babies Don't Come with Instructions

Our certified childbirth education instructors help prepare expectant and new parents for an addition to their families.  Whether you're a first-time parent or a mother of three, we have classes and services designed just for you. Register online for one of these classes or programs or call 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (1-866-426-7539).

Childbirth Preparation

Family Birth Center Tours* - Come see where your baby will be born.  Led by a member of the Family Birth center staff, private tours of the Family Birth Center are available to families and children over age 10. These free tours are offered twice each month on Tuesdays at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.  Occasional weekend afternoon tours are available also.  Tours in Spanish are available upon request. Register online.

Me Too! Tours* - Let a new brother or sister see where baby will be born in a tour created especially for them. A Family Birth Center staff member leads private tours of the Family Birth Center for children.  These free tours are offered twice each month on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.  Tours in Spanish are offered once each month on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Register online.

*During influenza season, tours may be restricted to only those who are 18 years and older.  Expectant mothers and fathers under 18 will be permitted to attend.  Me Too! Tours may be cancelled when visiting restrictions occur.

Childbirth Education - This class covers pregnancy and aspects of labor and delivery such as the role of the labor coach, childbirth choices, OB procedures, breathing and relaxation techniques, and medication options.  Register online.

Childbirth Education Refresher - Review prenatal information for the expectant couple that has taken classes during a previous pregnancy. Register online.

Childbirth Education Marathon - If you're too busy for a traditional class, this class is for you.  This class covers everything you'll need to know about childbirth in a one-day format. Register online.

Cesarean Section Class - This class is designed for women who know they will be having a Cesarean birth or would like to know more about it.  The program will cover frequently asked questions and includes a tour.  It is taught by a registered nurse in Labor and Delivery. Register online.

Surviving Multiples - Taught by a registered nurse who is also a mother of multiples, this class is especially designed for the family expecting twins or more!  Learn about how your pregnancy is unique and different. Topics include nutrition for a multiple pregnancy, minimizing the risk of complications, labor and delivery, breast and bottle feeding more than one baby and preparing your home for the arrival of babies.  Highly recommended to take early in the second trimester for a healthy pregnancy outcome. Register online.

Prepared Childbirth During Bedrest - This information packet is a viable alternative when confined to bed and unable to attend childbirth preparation classes away from home. For a fee of $25, receive class information and speak with an OB educator to answer your questions.  A note from your physician or midwife stating that you are on bedrest is required. Call 630-499-2309.

Baby Beeper - Every mom delivering at Rush-Copley can use a free pager to let her support person know when baby is coming.  To reserve your baby beeper, call 630-978-6200.

Now I'm a Sibling - Through fun activities and a tour of the Family Birth Center, youngsters ages 3 to 6 prepare for baby's arrival.  There's information for parents too! Register online.

Newborn Care

Baby Care Basics - Parents-to-be can find out what to expect from their newborn's appearance, behaviors and cues.  Learn the skills of baby bathing and handling through "hands-on" practice with newborn-size dolls. Register online.

Bringing Home Baby - First time parents join a Rush-Copley Medical Group physician to learn what you'll need to know before you bring your baby home. Tips for choosing the right doctor for your child will also be discussed. Register online.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Part I - Prenatal Breastfeeding - Find out about the basic techniques and health benefits of breastfeeding your baby.  Taught by a certified lactation consultant. Register online.

Breastfeeding Part II - Breastfeeding Beyond the First Few Weeks - Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this class focuses on what to expect after breastfeeding is well established.  Topics covered include normal breastfeeding behavior, overcoming common problems and normal growth and development of the breastfed baby.  Prerequisite: Breastfeeding Part I if prenatal.  Recommended for new mothers.  Babies are welcome. Register online.

Working & Breastfeeding - Learn how you can continue to breastfeed your baby after returning to work.  A certified lactation consultant and working mom teaches this unique class which covers pumping and storing milk, childcare and more.  Prerequisite: Prenatal Breastfeeding Class or previous breastfeeding experience.  Register online.

Feeding Baby - Beyond the First Six Months - This class focuses on feeding the 6-12 month old infant. Topics include when to begin solids, nutritional needs specific to age group, foods to improve immunity, how to make your own baby food, and much more.  Taught by a registered nurse. Register online.

Family Education

Me and My Baby - Learn more about caring for your baby and yourself during this program.  Sessions include Feeding Your Baby, Healing After Delivery, Crying & Sleeping, and Your Growing Baby.  It's the perfect place to ask questions,share experiences and build friendships that will last for years to come.  Babies younger than 5 months are welcome. Register online.

Child Safety - Keep your child safe.  Taught by a registered nurse and a certified child passenger safety technician, this class focuses on proper car seat installation and seat belt usage.  General safety issues in the home are also covered.  Bring your car seat and car manual if you have one. Register online.

Infant Massage - Help your baby relax and let go of tension through gentle touch in this two-week class.  Massage benefits include improved circulation, deeper sleep states, improved digestion and feeding tolerance.  Taught by a registered nurse and certified massage therapist.  Babies younger than 6 months are welcome. Register online.

Boot Camp for New Dads - Taught by veteran fathers, this class enables you to step up to the challenge of being a dad and feel confident in caring your your newborn and new family.  This interactive workshop covers concerns of being a new dad, support of partner during labor, before and after delivery, basic baby care and safety, hands on diaper changing with a real baby, and much more.  No female over the age of one year will be allowed in the classroom. Register online.

Becoming a Grandparent - Learn how to help the new family by having the same information they are taught!  This is a class of "must have" information for the grandparents to be.  Updates include labor and delivery procedures and support, hospital routines, baby care, breast and bottle feeding, safety measures and much more.  Come enjoy learning how to the best grandparent you can be! Register online.

From Girl to Young Woman - Puberty can be a confusing time for both mothers and daughters.  Mothers - learn how to effectively communicate with each other and how to make sense of the physical and emotional changes during this time.  This is for girls ages 9 to 12 and their moms or female caregivers. Register online.

Resources for You

Share Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Support Group - Coping with a perinatal loss is difficult.  Gain support by joining other families who are experiencing a similar loss through miscarriage, still birth or newborn period.  This support group offers a brief and informative presentation each session on a topic of interest followed by an open forum to ask questions and share experiences, photos and memories.  This group meets monthly.  For more information, call 630-499-4702.

Share Pregnancy and Hope Support Group - Coping with a perinatal loss is a difficult and long process.  Anticipating a new pregnancy and becoming pregnant again can bring new anxieties and challenges.  This support group will offer an open forum for discussion on the issues that can arise with pregnancy following a perinatal loss.  This group meets monthly.  For more information, call 630-499-4702.