Returning Home and Support Group


Our commitment to your care and your new baby’s care continues after you leave the Maternal Infant Health Center. Returning home with a new baby is both exciting and intimidating. We’re here to answer your questions. Please call the Maternal Infant Health Center, (217) 245-9541, extension 3210, with your questions or concerns.

We are also happy to provide you with the following resources to help you with your new baby.

Breastfeeding Support Group
Passavant’s Breastfeeding Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. in Meeting Room 4. The group is led by a certified lactation consultant. The group provides resources and support for all breastfeeding circumstances including, but not limited to:

•  Exclusive breastfeeding (for stay at home moms and working moms)
•  Breastfeeding with supplementation
•  Exclusive pumping
•  Extended breastfeeding
•  Tandem nursing
•  Weaning
•  Donor milk
•  Relactation

During the Breastfeeding Support Group, you’ll also be able to weigh your baby, have your questions answered, and visit with other new mothers.

Other Breastfeeding Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics
La Leche League International
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
US Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Milk Banks of North America
Medication and Mother’s Milk
Ask Dr. Sears (Pediatrician)
Breastfeeding Online

Infant Car Seat Guidelines
Illinois law requires the use of car safety seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides recommendations about what type of car seats are best for children as they grow older. Current recommendations and instructions

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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