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Silver Cross Offers Childbirth Education Classes in October

Joliet, IL (September 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/specialdeliveries.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, October 2, 9 and 16 and Saturday October 22 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, October 5 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 on Sunday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 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 Hedges Health Center, 222 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

Prepared Childbirth Weekend Class
Silver Cross will offer a Prepared Childbirth weekend class Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 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.

Win a $1,00 Savings Bond for Your Baby
Expectant parents delivering in the Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center on or after Feb. 26, 2012—when the new hospital opens at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, could win a $1,000 savings bond for their baby. Mothers-to-be will automatically be  entered to win when they pre-register to deliver at www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (815) 300-7076 before Jan. 31, 2012.  The winner will be announced at the Silver Cross Hospital’s Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

About the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center
Silver Cross is bringing together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities to make the birthing experience all the more memorable.   The new Birthing Center at the New Lenox Hospital will have 12 luxurious birthing suites designed for labor, delivery and recovery so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of 30 private mother-baby suites.  Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with a shower and immersion tub to help with labor pains, blanket warmer, refrigerator, wireless internet access, 30” flat screen TV system, and a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock. 

Furthermore, a variety of pain relief methods will be available 24 hours a day provided by an anesthesiologist.  And for deliveries requiring surgery, there will be two complete cesarean suites.  Children’s Memorial neonatologists and pediatric hospitalist will continue to be onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Children’s pediatric cardiologists will be available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross. For more information about the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center and to Save Your Due Date for a chance to win $1,000 savings bond for your baby, visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries.  For a referral to an obstetrician/gnecolgist or pediatrician on staff at Silver Cross, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL. 

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 in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 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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