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Silver Cross Offers Childbirth Education Classes in June

Joliet, IL (May 16, 2011)— 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).

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, June 5, and 12, and Saturday June 25, 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
A certified lactation consultant will teach the basics of breastfeeding, including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps, avoiding difficulties and more Wednesday,
June 15, from, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Newborns welcome.  Cost is $15.

Prenatal Class
Silver Cross will offer a free Prenatal Childbirth Class Sunday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. This class is free and will be held at the Silver Cross Professional Building, 222 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

Prepared Childbirth Class
Silver Cross is offering a 4-week program on Wednesdays, June 29 through July 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The classes will be held at the hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. Participants will receive instruction from the Birthing Center staff on breathing, relaxation, floor exercise techniques and a tour of the luxurious birthing suite. Labor, delivery, recovery, post-partum and other birthing options are also discussed. Cost is $75 per couple.

Prepared Childbirth Weekend Class
Silver Cross will offer a Prepared Childbirth weekend class Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Participants will receive instruction from a registered nurse on breathing, relaxation floor exercise techniques and a tour of the luxurious birthing suite.  She will also review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes. Cost is $75 per couple.

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 seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening February 26, 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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