Women & Infants Center Classes & Events

Check our Classes and Events for dates and availability

Babysitting

If you're at least 11 and want to start babysitting, this is the class for you. You'll learn how to safely care for infants and children up to age 10 – and make yourself the first choice for moms across the neighborhood! In this class you'll have hands-on training on skills including:

  •     Changing diapers
  •     Bottle and spoon feeding
  •     Home and play safety practices
  •     Good hygiene
  •     Emergency response including first aid and rescue breathing
  •     Managing and disciplining toddlers
  •     Entertaining big kids
  •     And more

You'll take home a binder full of resources you can refer to when you're babysitting too!

Breastfeeding

Get the answers and confidence to get started breastfeeding in this one-night, two-hour session. Take the class during or after the fifth month of pregnancy. Topics include:

  • Benefits of Breastfeeding
  • Importance of exclusive breastfeeding
  • The importance of Skin-to-Skin
  • The importance of early initiation of breastfeeding
  • The importance of rooming-in with your baby
  • Feeding Cues
  • Effective positioning & latch
  • Breastfeeding support resources
  • Establishing a good milk supply
  • Nonpharmological pain relief methods in labor

Car Seat Safety Check

Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly. Is your car seat safe? Find out at one of the Car Seat Safety Checks hosted by St. Joseph's Hospital, Community link, Early Head Start, AAA, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Secretary of State's office. It's totally free – simply stop by the Check for a free expert inspection. Bring your vehicle manual and car seat instruction booklet.

Childbirth Refresher Class

If you've completed a Prepared Childbirth course during a previous pregnancy, this is the course for you. Our Childbirth Refresher course is designed to decrease anxiety and fear for you upcoming birthing process. Topics include:

  • Relaxation
  • Comfort measures
  • Variations of normal labor and delivery
  • Caesarean births
  • Risks and benefits of medication

Know Your Newborn

At this one-night session you'll learn what to expect as a new parent. A great class for new dads! Topics include: What to expect in the hospital Bringing baby home First few weeks home Baby behaviors Taking care of baby Home safety and infant CPR Car seat installation and safety.

Prepared Childbirth

The Prepared Childbirth class was created to help you learn about labor and delivery and decrease anxiety over the process. Topics include:

  • The role of a "labor coach"
  • Signs of labor
  • What to expect during labor and delivery
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Variations of labor and delivery
  • Caesarean birth
  • Options for labor and delivery

You'll also receive a guided tour of the Women & Infants Center.

Siblings Class

Perfect for 3 to 10 year-olds expecting a new sibling. Trained leaders will encourage future brothers and sisters to talk about their anticipations and concerns. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Topics include:

  • Practicing how to hold, feed, bathe and diaper
  • Tour of the Women & Infants Center
  • Creation of a special gift for baby
  • Viewing an education video of the birthing experience