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Silver Cross Offers Childbirth Education Classes in October

Joliet, IL (September 21, 2010)— Silver Cross offers an array of classes to help new parents prepare and expect the best from their birthing experience in the hospital’s beautiful birthing suites. For more information or to register for one or more Childbirth Classes, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Baby Basics
Silver Cross Hospital will offer a class geared to help parents-to-be and new parents learn about their baby’s physical care and health, using child care, common problems, stress management and developing positive child guidance skills. The class will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Road., Joliet. Cost is $15 per couple.

Birthing Center Tours
Silver Cross Hospital will offer free Birthing Center Tours for expectant families on the hospital’s campus at 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. The tours will be offered Sundays, October 3, 10 and 17 and on Saturday, Oct. 23,  from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to help new parents prepare and expect the best from their birthing experience in the hospital’s luxurious birthing suites.

Breastfeeding Class
One of four Silver Cross Hospital’s certified lactation consultants will teach the basics of breastfeeding, including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps, avoiding difficulties and more.  This class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Newborns welcome.  Cost is $10.

Prenatal Class
Silver Cross will offer a free Prenatal Childbirth Class Tuesdays, Oct. 5 and 12, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, during this two-day class participants will learn about labor, delivery, recovery, post partum and other birthing options.  Class size is limited and registration is mandatory.

Prepared Childbirth Class
Silver Cross Hospital is offering a 5-week program starting Wednesday, Oct. 27 through Nov. 24, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  at  1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Participants will receive instruction from the Birthing Center staff on breathing, relaxation, and floor exercise techniques. Labor, delivery, recovery, post-partum and other birthing options are also discussed. Cost is $50 per couple.

Prepared Childbirth Weekend Class
Silver Cross Hospital will offer a Prepared Childbirth weekend class Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Participants will receive instruction from a registered nurse on breathing, relaxation and floor exercise techniques.  She will also review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes.  Cost is $60 per couple, which includes lunch.

About the Birthing Center
The Silver Cross Birthing Center offers luxurious birthing suites where patients have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery, followed by a stay in the hospital’s beautiful mother-child suites. Every birthing suite has an easily adjustable labor bed, private bath and blanket warmer available. Some rooms also include an immersion tub and walk-in shower. Other accommodations include a stereo CD and TV/VCR/DVD, a mini-refrigerator and a recliner/lounge bed for the support person. State-of-the-art medical equipment is set-up and ready inside the suite’s cabinetry if needed. There’s also a Level II skilled infant care nursery as well as the hospital’s normal nursery. A board certified neonatologist/pediatrician from Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago is always present 24 hours a day. For more information about Silver Cross Hospital’s Birthing Center visit www.silvercross.org. For a referral to an obstetrician/gynecologist on staff at Silver Cross, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and a one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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