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Education Programs

St. Elizabeth’s Mother Child Center offers a wide range of services for mothers and infants. To learn more about your pregnancy and the services available, you are cordially invited to participate in the Education Programs. A variety of classes are offered to meet your individual needs. You are encouraged to register for as many classes as you desire. All classes are taught by the Mother Child Center colleagues.


For a one time fee of $25, you and your support person can attend any or all of the available classes. Payment for class can be mailed with registration or paid by check or cash at first class. Gift certificates for our classes are also available by calling 618-234-2120, ext. 2300.

Class Schedules and Registration

Class dates and times or for a downloadable registration form can be found here: 2014 Class Schedule 2015 Class Schedule

NEW - Additional Class Location

St. Elizabeth's Hospital has recently partnered with Sparta Community Hospital to provide an additional, convenient class location in Sparta. The 2014 Sparta classes are scheduled to take place on: September 6 and November 15. Sparta Classes take place at Broadway Plaza, Suite 3 and each class date includes:

  • Pre-Admission planning/paperwork for delivery at St. Elizabeth’s from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Prepared Childbirth Class from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch independently from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Breastfeeding Class is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information about childbirth and breastfeeding classes offered in Sparta, or to register for one of the class dates, call 618-234-2120, ext. 2300.

Available Classes

Those who deliver at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will be given priority spaces in available classes. As class size is limited, we recommend registering for classes early. We reserve the right to cancel any class due to lack of enrollment. Classes with enrollment of three or less will be canceled with the option of enrolling in a later class.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

Prepared Childbirth Classes teach relaxation techniques, controlled breathing, physical and emotional changes that occur during labor and birth. Pain control options including unmedicated, medicated and epidural will be discussed. Class discussions of inductions and cesareans are also included. Both mother and her support person learn how to take an active part in the birth process.

You may choose between a three week-evening series of evening classes or an all-day Saturday class for your convenience. The final class in each evening session will cover Infant Care. Infant Care is also available as an individual class for those not wishing to enroll in the full evening series.
A hospital tour is included in both Saturday and evening class series.

Recommended time to enroll: around the 28th – 30th week of pregnancy for those enrolling in evening classes and the Saturday class option.

New Fathers Class

Taught by a St. Elizabeth's Physician, who is also a Dad, this innovative, one day class will provide the expectant father with tools and insights into new infant care and the important role Dad plays in growth and development.

Recommended time to enroll: 6th month of pregnancy

Breastfeeding: Fundamentals and Practical Problem Solving

Taught by a RN certified lactation counselor, the Breastfeeding class provides information on preparation for feeding, feeding techniques, and common concerns. Additional topics include information on which type of breast pump will be best to meet your needs, discussion on returning to work and other everyday issues. The class is open to expectant mothers and new mothers. Support persons are welcome.

Recommended time to enroll: around the 32nd – 36th week of pregnancy

Sibling Preparation Class

Children 3 to 10 years of age, who are anticipating the arrival of a sibling, are invited to attend the Sibling Preparation Class. It offers them the opportunity to develop positive feelings about a new sibling and to become familiar with the hospital setting. Parents are expected to attend their class with their children.

Fee $5 per family
Recommended time to enroll: around the 30th – 34th week of pregnancy

Class Registration and Questions

To register in a one of the available Education Classes or ask a question, please call 618.234.2120, ext. 2300 or email childbirtheduc@hshs.org.

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