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Classes & Support

Expectant Parent Classes & More

At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, we believe education provides an essential foundation for expectant parents and positions new families for success. Whether you are expecting your first baby, expecting again or expecting multiple babies, we offer a variety of classes that involve education, techniques and support to help guide you through all stages of pregnancy.

Having Your First Baby?

As you begin your journey, make sure to sign up for our Baby 101 class series. By registering for the entire series you will be eligible for a $50 refund. Classes may also be purchased individually.

Baby 101 Classes

  • Breastfeeding: The Best Beginning
  • Great Expectations Weekday 2 Pt Series
  • Great Expectations Weekend--1 Day Class
  • Newborn Baby Care: The Basics
  • Pediatric Care for Your New Baby



Online Classes are Available

Our childbirth preparation class is available online. It is the perfect alternative for busy parents-to-be needing a flexible class schedule or for women on bed rest. It's also a great refresher for those who are expecting again. You will learn essential information about the birthing process, comfort techniques and the role of your support person.




Special Classes for Special Interests

The following classes are specifically intended for expectant parents, grandparents, post-partum moms, and parents of toddlers:

Expectant Parents, Post-Partum Moms

  • Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
  • Breastfeeding: The Best Beginning
  • Comfort Measures in Labor

Just for Moms

  • Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
  • Transitions to Motherhood Series

Just for Dads

  • Expectant Fathers

Oh, Babies!

  • Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
  • Breastfeeding for Multiples
  • Great Expectations for Multiples
  • Parents of Multiples Club

Need a Childbirth Refresher?

Are You a Dog Owner?

  • Bowser & the Baby

Welcoming a New Brother or Sister?

  • Tike Hike - Thursday
  • Tike Hike-Sunday

Expectant Grandparents

  • Expectant Grandparents

Please see our complete listing for additional classes offered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital



Parent Review

You may also want to sign up for the Parent Review, a weekly email designed to guide you through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the first year of your baby's life.




Delivering at Prentice

Expectant parents delivering at Prentice are required to have a Pediatrician for their newborn(s) prior to delivery. Please call Physician Referral at 312-926-8400 and one of our Health Consultants will assist you with a referral to a pediatrician as well as register you for your expectant parent classes.