EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Expectant moms can get all their “what to expect when expecting” questions answered by attending any or all of the free prenatal education programs offered by HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital offers at three-part prenatal education program that is designed to give expectant parents a comprehensive journey through the process of birth and infant care.

This series covers:
• Signs of preterm labor.
• Stages of labor.
• Pain relief options.
• Medical interventions.
• Role of a support person.
• Breathing and relaxing techniques.
• Different birth positions.
• Cesarean delivery.
• Post-partum care.
• Infant care and safety.

This prenatal education series is available free of charge to all expectant parents, even if this is not your first pregnancy.

Prenatal education series schedule for July-December 2024
All classes are held at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital Auditorium:
• Having a Baby Class 1 – July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5
• Having a Baby Class 2 – July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12
• Having a Baby Class 3 – July 18, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 19, and Dec. 19

St. Anthony’s also offers a breastfeeding course that is open to all expectant mothers, even if you have not yet decided whether to breastfeed your baby. This class is designed to inform expectant mothers of maternal nutrition, the different breastfeeding techniques, how you can prepare early for breastfeeding and postpartum experiences.

Breastfeeding class schedule for July-December 2024
All classes are held at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital Auditorium:
• July 16
• Aug. 20
• Sept. 17
• Oct. 15
• Nov. 12
• Dec. 17

To register for a free prenatal education or breastfeeding class at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit stanthonyshospital.org/events. For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit stanthonyshospital.org.


About Hospital Sisters Health System
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham is part of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a Catholic health care ministry founded in 1875. Dedicated to our Mission to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through high-quality Franciscan health care, HSHS clinicians provide exceptional care centered on the whole person. Based in Springfield, Illinois, HSHS employs more than 11,000 colleagues who provide care in 13 acute-care, children’s and critical-access hospitals and home health and hospice programs in Central and Southern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin. HSHS is aligned with more than 1,000 primary and specialty physicians and advanced practitioners through its owned affiliates HSHS Medical Group and Prairie Cardiovascular and its partnership with Prevea Health. For more information about HSHS, visit hshs.org.