Childbirth Education Classes


Our Childbirth Education Classes will provide you with understanding, support and information that will help you adjust to the changes that occur during pregnancy and after. All classes are taught by trained and certified instructors.

Prepared Childbirth Education

Designed for women in their sixth month of pregnancy and their coaches, this class deals with the birth process and covers breathing and relaxation techniques, C-section preparation, discomforts associated with pregnancy, and the tools (e.g. epidurals) for coping with the discomforts. This class will also review feeding options and the advantages of breastfeeding along with planning for separation related to work, school, or other activities. A tour of the Maternal Infant Health Center is included as well as tips on exercise and body mechanics. The fee is $35. The class if offered as either an all-day Saturday class or divided into two Wednesday evening sessions.

To register, for more information, please call 217-479-5800, or visit the Events Calendar for scheduled dates and times of the classes.

Repeat Winners at Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K

Posted on: May 27, 2017

Jacob Covell, Kelly Vandermaiden, Henry Janssen and Tracy Dowell were the first place overall winners at this morning’s 25th Annual Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K Race at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois. This is the second year in a row that Covell and Vandermaiden finished first in the 5K. Covell’s winning time in the male division was 17 minutes, 20 seconds, bettering last year’s mark by 30 seconds. Vandermaiden improved her mark by 90 seconds in the female division by finishing at 19 minutes, 42 seconds. Janssen captured first overall in the men’s 10K category with a time of 36 minutes, 24 seconds. Dowell was first overall in the women’s 10K in 45 minutes, 30 seconds. Awards were also distributed to first, second, and third place finishers, male and female, in 14 age categories. Three hundred sixty-eight runners competed in this morning races through Jacksonville’s west side. The 2017 beneficiary is the Jacksonville Saints Special Olympics team. The complete list of age group winners and an overall finishers list is available here.

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