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Mercyhealth Resumes Childbirth, Newborn and Breastfeeding Classes

ROCKFORD, Illinois- Mercyhealth is resuming in-person childbirth, newborn care, breastfeeding and infant and child CPR classes for 2021.  The first in-person class will be held on June 5. Registration is now open for the following classes.

Preparing for childbirth: Class prepares for childbirth as well as becoming a parent. Recommended for first-time moms-to-be and their support persons. Topics include labor, breathing and relaxation, birth delivery, pain management and postpartum adjustment.

One-day Saturday class, 9 am-4 pm
June 19
August 21
December 11

Two-night Wednesday class, 6-9 pm
August 18 and 25
October 13 and 20
December 1 and 8

Newborn care: This one-time class helps new parents learn the basics of caring for newborns in the hospital and those first few weeks at home. Topics include basic baby care, feeding, bathing, diapering, growth and development and safety.

Tuesday class, 6-9 pm
June 8
December 7

Saturday class, 9 am-12 pm
June 5
August 7
October 2

Saturday class, 6-9 pm
August 7
October 2

Sunday class, 9 am-12 pm
December 5

Breastfeeding: Helps moms-to-be and new moms learn the basics of a successful breastfeeding experience. Class is intended for mom and baby. Partners are welcome to attend.

Saturday class, 9-11 am
July 31
September 25
December 4

Infant and Child CPR: This basic CPR class is valuable for new parents, grandparents or babysitters. This is a free, non-certification course. Classes are held at the Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center, 2623 Edgemont St., Rockford. To register, call (815) 971-1999.

Saturday class, 1-3 pm
June 5
August 7
October 9
December 4

Hospital tours are available to you and your support person at any time during your pregnancy.  This is a great way to see what we have to offer you! A registered nurse will show you around and answer questions. Call the OB Navigator at (815) 971-6136 to schedule an appointment.

Childbirth, newborn and breastfeeding classes are held at Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside, lower-level conference rooms, B1/B2, 8201 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. All classes are free for participant and support person. All participants are required to wear a mask and social distance. To register, visit mercyhealthssytem.org/register-for-classes or by phone at (888) 396-3729.