Maternity Educational and Fitness Programs

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital offers a full array of educational classes and supportive programs, to help you prepare for childbirth and welcome a new baby (or two) into your lives.

Because our program is comprehensive and in demand, classes often fill up in advance. We encourage you to take as many classes as you like, and also provide several different series of programs to support first-time and repeat moms.

Choose from prenatal programs before birth, and take advantage of support programs after your baby arrives. We also offer fitness classes to support your physical development before and after birth. 

Learn more by clicking on the name of each sequence:

For more information, please email childbirthed@lfh.org or call the Childbirth Education Line at 847.535.6182.

Choosing Your Maternity Center

Tour of the Maternity Center Expectant couples and any couple considering starting or adding to their family can tour the Waud Family Center for Maternity Services. Registration is necessary, and the tour is free. Register online >

Prenatal Classes for First-time Parents

We recommend that you take as many courses as possible in this sequence, as it has been proven to be the most effective way to educate parents on taking care of their new baby.  We encourage you to register for these classes in your first trimester, as classes fill up quickly. This sequence is for first-time parents.

Childbirth Preparation This class is designed for first-time parents and those who desire an expanded review of childbirth preparation.  Course content includes:
  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
  • Lecture and discussion of the labor and delivery process
  • Epidural anesthesia and other methods of pain management
  • Policies and procedures specific to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • Tour of the Maternity department

For your convenience, this class is offered in two formats and two locations—our three-week evening series is offered in Lake Forest and Grayslake. Our popular all-day Saturday class is taught in Lake Forest. The fee is $100 per couple for weekday classes; $125 per couple for a weekend course.

Sessions are designed for couples. The father or support person is urged to attend, since their role is an active and important one. Early registration is suggested as classes often fill up in advance. You should plan to complete your class six to eight weeks prior to delivery. Register online >

Lamaze Workshop (optional) This two-hour workshop is taught once a month in Lake Forest by an ASPO/Lamaze-certified instructor for parents-to-be who want additional instruction and practice in Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques. It is available to those expecting their first baby who have completed the Childbirth Preparation course or parents who have previously attended a childbirth course.

This class should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $30 per couple. Register online >
Newborn Care Basics This class covers basic baby care skills. Shorter hospital stays make this class a must for all expectant parents. Topics include:
  • Infant bathing
  • Diaper changing
  • Cord care
  • Circumcision care
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Newborn appearance
  • Importance of creating a routine

This class is for expectant or adopting parents and/or another support person and should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $30 per couple. Register online >

Preparation for Breastfeeding Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants have designed this class to provide the information needed for a positive breastfeeding experience.  Topics include:
  • Anatomy and physiology of the breast
  • Latching on
  • Proper positioning
  • Milk expression
  • Engorgement
  • Techniques for success
  • Optional "pump chat", offered at the end of the class, for participants wishing to increase their knowledge about breast pumps

This class is recommended for first-time parents and is a great review if you've breastfed before. It is for expectant couples and/or another support person and should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $30 per couple. Register online >

Infant CPR & Safety

 

This class is designed for new and expectant parents interested in learning lifesaving techniques, such as what to do when an infant is choking, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants. This class also includes some safety issues related specifically to infants. Please note: this course is not a certification.

This class is for expectant, adopting, or new parents and grandparents. It should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy, but may also be taken after delivery. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $30 per couple. Register online >
Transitioning into Parenthood
(pre- or postnatal)
Most of us enter pregnancy and parenthood with little preparation for what lies ahead. The transition into a new role—that begins with 24 hour days, seven days a week, without vacations or holidays—can be overwhelming.

Topics of discussion can include economic concerns, social support systems, hormonal changes, the difference between "baby blues" and postpartum depression—and how to find the support and resources you may need. This class is for anyone (women, spouses, partners, support persons) and may be taken pre-or post-delivery. The fee is $10. Register online >
OB Hospitalist Meet and Greet Now available at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, OB hospitalists are board-certified obstetricians who provide 24/7 onsite coverage of Labor and Delivery and work collaboratively with your private physician for exceptional, patient-centered care. Whether directly involved in your care or simply providing support if needed, the presence of the OB hospitalists onsite around the clock means peace of mind for you and your baby.

This "Meet and Greet" session provides the opportunity to meet three members of the OB hospitalist team prior to your admission to the hospital. They will discuss the role of an OB hospitalist, how they respect the special relationship you have with your private physician, as well as review topics related to labor and delivery.

This session is recommended for all women in their second or third trimester, whether you are expecting your first baby or have experienced childbirth already. Spouses, significant others, friends or any support person who may accompany you to the hospital for your delivery are welcome to attend. Register online >

Prenatal Classes for Second-time Parents

We strongly recommend that you take all courses in this sequence, as it has been proven to be the most effective way to educate parents on taking care of their new baby. This sequence is for second- or third-time parents who simply need birthing review.

Childbirth Refresher This three-hour workshop is designed for expectant parents who have previously attended a childbirth course and wish to review labor and delivery techniques and hospital policies. Preparation for an unanticipated Cesarean is included, as is an optional tour of our facility.

This class is for expectant parents and/or another support person, and should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $40 per couple. Register online >
Lamaze Workshop This two-hour workshop is taught once a month in Lake Forest by an ASPO/Lamaze-certified instructor for parents-to-be who want additional instruction and practice in Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques. It is available to those expecting their first baby who have completed the Childbirth Preparation course or parents who have previously attended a childbirth course.

This class should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $30 per couple. Register online >
Preparation for Breastfeeding Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants have designed this class to provide the information needed for a positive breastfeeding experience.  Topics include:
  • Anatomy and physiology of the breast
  • Latching on
  • Proper positioning
  • Milk expression
  • Engorgement
  • Techniques for success
  • Optional "pump chat", offered at the end of the class, for participants wishing to increase their knowledge about breast pumps

This class is recommended for first-time parents and is a great review if you've breastfed before. It is for expectant couples and/or another support person and should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $30 per couple. Register online >

Infant CPR & Safety This class is designed for new and expectant parents interested in learning lifesaving techniques, such as what to do when an infant is choking, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants. This class also includes some safety issues related specifically to infants. Please note: this course is not a certification.

This class is for expectant, adopting, or new parents and grandparents. It should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy, but may also be taken after delivery. Register early in pregnancy, as classes fill up quickly. The fee is $30 per couple. Register online >
Transitioning into Parenthood
(pre- or postnatal)
Most of us enter pregnancy and parenthood with little preparation for what lies ahead. The transition into a new role—that begins with 24 hour days, seven days a week, without vacations or holidays—can be overwhelming.

Topics of discussion can include economic concerns, social support systems, hormonal changes, the difference between "baby blues" and postpartum depression—and how to find the support and resources you may need. This class is for anyone (women, spouses, partners, support persons) and may be taken pre-or post-delivery. The fee is $10. Register online >
OB Hospitalist Meet and Greet Now available at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, OB hospitalists are board-certified obstetricians who provide 24/7 onsite coverage of Labor and Delivery and work collaboratively with your private physician for exceptional, patient-centered care. Whether directly involved in your care or simply providing support if needed, the presence of the OB hospitalists onsite around the clock means peace of mind for you and your baby.

This "Meet and Greet" session provides the opportunity to meet three members of the OB hospitalist team prior to your admission to the hospital. They will discuss the role of an OB hospitalist, how they respect the special relationship you have with your private physician, as well as review topics related to labor and delivery.

This session is recommended for all women in their second or third trimester, whether you are expecting your first baby or have experienced childbirth already. Spouses, significant others, friends or any support person who may accompany you to the hospital for your delivery are welcome to attend. Register online >

Postnatal Classes

Transitioning into Parenthood
(pre- or postnatal)
Most of us enter pregnancy and parenthood with little preparation for what lies ahead. The transition into a new role—that begins with 24 hour days, seven days a week, without vacations or holidays—can be overwhelming.

Topics of discussion can include economic concerns, social support systems, hormonal changes, the difference between "baby blues" and postpartum depression—and how to find the support and resources you may need. This class is for anyone (women, spouses, partners, support persons) and may be taken pre-or post-delivery. The fee is $10. Register online >

Sibling Preparation

Sibling Preparation
(Ages 3-8)
Prepare your child for the arrival of a new family member. This class is designed for the big brother-to-be or sister-to-be and teaches your child the proper way to hold the new baby, talk about feelings and learn sibling responsibilities. A visit to the nursery window is included.

This class is for 3- to 8-year-old children; one parent must accompany the child to class, and both parents are welcome. It should be taken in the last trimester of mom's pregnancy. Register as soon as possible to ensure your place. 

 

The fee is $10 per child, $5 for each additional child. Please note: If you are registering more than one child, please email childbirthed@lfh.org or call 847.535.6182. Register online >

Newborn Care for Older Siblings
(Ages 9+)
This class is designed for older siblings who want to help care for the new baby. We will teach children how to provide basic care of their new brother or sister. We will practice how to safely hold, diaper, dress and swaddle the baby, and much more.

This class is for siblings 9 years and older. Register early in pregnancy; a waiting list will be established to form a class. The fee is $20 per child and $10 for each additional child. Please email childbirthed@lfh.org or call 847.535.6182 if you are interested in registering your child for this class.

Support Groups and Hotlines

Newborn Hotline Newborn help and guidance is only a phone call away. For the first six weeks of your newborn's life, call 847.535.6161, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to a registered nurse with any questions or concerns about your new baby.
Surviving Motherhood
1 & 2
New mothers and their babies are invited to this forum to share and learn coping strategies. Topics include infant feedings, sleep patterns, changing family relationships and other areas of concern. "Surviving Motherhood 1" is for babies two weeks to six months old.  "Surviving Motherhood 2" is for babies six to 18 months old.

Register after the birth of your baby. This free class is for any mother of a new baby looking for support or wishing to network with other mothers. To join this group, please register online.

Pre and Postnatal Yoga Classes

Practicing yoga during pregnancy will help you prepare for labor and delivery by improving breath control, strength, stamina and stress relief, thereby creating a calm mental and physical state. Practicing yoga after your pregnancy will help to restore the tone of the muscles most affected by pregnancy, namely the abdominal and pelvic floor.

Meets: Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Drop in rate now available!

For more information: Please contact Anthony Simone at 847.535.7140 or asimone@lfh.org

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We offer a variety of appointment times to best fit our patients' busy schedules. Please call to determine the best appointment time for you.

Maternity (Perinatal Education)
Lake Forest
847.535.6182