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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.

Just the Basics: Virtual Childbirth Class

Join us for Just the Basics, an online version of the childbirth education class that covers pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care. The last half hour will allow for a Q & A session with a labor and delivery nurse. Fee: $30

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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.  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.   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.

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.

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

Understanding Your Newborn - 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.


Understanding Breastfeeding - Find out about the basic techniques and health benefits of breastfeeding your baby.  Taught by a certified lactation consultant. 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.

Free Child Seat Safety Inspections

Rush Copley offers FREE child seat safety inspections the first Monday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Wednesday of each month from 3 to 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment for an inspection, please email clare.pfotenhauer
or call 630-236-4262.

Family Education

Infant CPR for Friends and Family and Home Safety -Infant Friends and Family CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for new parents, grandparents, baby sitters and others interested in learning how to save a newborn's life. You will have a manikin to practice on and the course is taught by a Certified American Heart Instructor. The first part of the class will be Infant CPR and the last hour is on home safety. Register online.

Introduction to Car Seat Safety - More than 90% of child seats are installed or used incorrectly. Proper use of a child restraint can lower a child's risk of injury or death in most car crashes. This class demonstrates the importance and proper use of car seats for your child. The focus will be on rear facing seats with a basic introduction on convertible, combination, and booster seats. Bring your car seat with you for a hands-on instruction of how to install the seat correctly. 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 Infant Loss Support Group
Coping with a perinatal loss is difficult. Gain support by joining other families who are experiencing a similar loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn period. This Pregnancy and Loss 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. A nursing specialist with Women’s Health facilitates this group. Please call 630-978-6290 for more information.