The Women’s and Children’s Resource Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, offers classes for a healthy pregnancy, safe birth and successful homecoming.
To register, call (312) 942-5558 or toll free (888) 352-RUSH (7874).
Birth Center Tours
Prospective parents may tour Rush's Family Birth Center by appointment on Monday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.
Basic Breastfeeding Class
Provides education, support and guidance for moms who are breastfeeding or deciding about breastfeeding. Once a month on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $25 a couple. Class dates for 2014 are: Jan. 4, Feb. 22, March 29, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.
Cesarean Birth Class
Designed for couples anticipating a cesarean birth, the class covers the delivery, hospital stay and physical and emotional changes that may be experienced. Every month (date varies), 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $50.
Childbirth Education Class
Sessions focus on physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery (both vaginal and cesarean delivery), relaxation methods, breathing techniques, nutritional needs, postpartum changes and newborn care. Instruction is provided by registered nurses certified childbirth educators. This is a two-day weekend class, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes a tour of birthing rooms. Fee: $110 for those delivering at Rush; $125 for those delivering elsewhere. Class dates for 2014 are: Jan. 11-12, Feb. 15-16, March 22-23, April 19-20, May 24-25, June 28-29, July 19-20, Aug. 16-17, Sept. 27-28, Oct. 25-26, Nov. 15-16 and Dec. 13-14.
Infant/Child CPR classes
This class teaches the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Learn techniques to save a choking baby or child, basic infant and child CPR, and other safety tips. From 10 a.m. to noon once a month on Saturday. Class dates for 2014 are: Jan.18, Feb. 8, Mar. 15, April 26, May 17, June 21, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, no class for December. Classes are at 600 S. Paulina St., Room 740, Armour Academic Center. Infant/child CPR classes are $25 per person or $40 per couple. For certification, please call (312) 942-4065 for a CPR Certification Heartsaver First Aid class.
Refresher Prenatal Class
For all couples who have completed childbirth classes within the last three years. This course is an intense review of breathing and relaxation techniques, coaching skills, and a condensed version of topics covered in the childbirth education classes. Class is offered every month (date varies), 8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Fee is $50.
The Women’s and Children’s Resource Center offers relaxing, restorative massages in a private, nurturing environment. Massage therapists offer Swedish and deep tissue massages. A wide variety of complementary techniques are also available upon request. The Women’s and Children’s Resource Center is in Room 810 of the Jones Building, 1653 W. Congress Parkway, on the Rush campus. For rates and to schedule an appointment, call Pamela Napier, (312) 942-2336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.