Childbirth Classes

Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago offers a number of educational programs for new and expectant mothers, including:

  • Prepared Childbirth 
  • Breastfeeding 
  • Baby Care and Infant CPR
  • Family Birthing Center Tour
  • A Prenatal Visit with the Pediatrician

For more information, or to register for an event, call 773-878-6888 or visit our Pregnancy & Parenting classes.

Pregnancy and Newborn Classes 
Baby Care + Infant CPR Class 
The Baby Care and Infant CPR Class is offered in two different formats: a one day marathon class on a weekend (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or a two-part series on a weekday evening (two classes from 6 to 9 p.m.).

This class is ideal for expectant, new, or adoptive parents. Learn about baby care basics including cord care, circumcision care, jaundice, diapering and bathing. We also go beyond the basics and include essential information on cloth diapering, ‘green baby’ tips, using your car seat correctly, and techniques to calm a crying baby, including instruction on Dr. Karp's 5 S's. You will also learn infant CPR/choking during this class. Participants receive a newborn care DVD, a CPR booklet and more.  
 
What to bring to class:  Please bring your infant car seat carrier and vehicle manual to class (if taking the two-part series, please bring to class #2). Minimal snacks are provided, so you may wish to bring your own additional snacks. There is also a 45-minute break for lunch on your own (during one-day marathon sessions only). 
 
Cost is $75 per couple. If you are unable to afford the cost of this program and are delivering at Swedish Covenant Hospital, please contact our Call Center at (773) 878-6888 for information about payment options.
 
Do you have a FSA account? This class may be covered – call your specific FSA agent to find out.
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Breastfeeding Class 
In this course, first-time parents will receive individual instruction on breastfeeding and learn techniques for success from our board-certified lactation consultants. Partners are an integral component to build confidence and support and are strongly encouraged to attend this class.

In order to provide quality instruction, space is limited. Please register in advance and plan to take this class during your third trimester.

Cost is $20 per couple. If you are unable to afford the cost of this program and are delivering at Swedish Covenant Hospital, please contact our Call Center at (773) 878-6888 for information about payment options.
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Prepared Childbirth 
The prepared childbirth class is offered in two different formats: a one day marathon class on a weekend (from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and a three-part series on a weekday evening (three classes from 6 to 9 p.m.).

Topics include what to expect during labor and delivery, birthing options, admission to the hospital, epidurals and pain management, vaginal and C-Section births, common interventions and scenarios, and much more.  A tour of the maternity unit is also provided as part of this class.

What to bring to class: Please bring a pillow and an exercise ball if you have one (if taking the three-part series, only bring ball to class #2). Minimal snacks are provided, so you may wish to bring your own additional snacks. There is also a 45-minute break for lunch on your own (during one-day marathon sessions only). 

Not sure which format is right for you?  The three-part series is a slower pace, provides more discussion and networking amongst participants, and offers more time to practice comfort measures during the class, with instructor coaching. Those who take the one-day class will also learn comfort techniques but will have less practice time during class.  Please note that newborn care and breastfeeding are not included in this class.  Participants are highly encouraged to sign up for our Breastfeeding and Baby Care and Infant CPR classes.

Cost is $75 per couple. If you are unable to afford the cost of this program and are delivering at Swedish Covenant Hospital, please contact our Call Center at (773) 878-6888 for information about payment options. 

Do you have a FSA account? This class may be covered – call your specific FSA agent to find out.
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Family Birthing Center Tour 
Swedish Covenant Hospital nurses will conduct a guided tour, providing general birthing information and a look around the Family Birthing Center, including the labor and delivery units and postpartum floor.
The entire session lasts 60-90 minutes. It begins with a 30-minute guided tour of the facility and concludes with an informational session, during which attendees are encouraged to ask any questions they have about the Family Birthing Center or the childbirth process at the hospital.

Tours are available each month at the following times: 10 a.m. on the first Sunday, 6 p.m. on the second Sunday and 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday. For late cancellations or inquiries about class availability, please call 773-878-8200, ext. 2125.

Please note: if you are planning to attend Swedish Covenant Hospital's Prepared Childbirth Class, you do not need to attend this tour since the Prepared Childbirth Class includes a tour of the Family Birthing Center.
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