ALMH offers free prenatal classes

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[March 07, 2013]  Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is offering free prenatal classes to expecting mothers. The classes will be offered monthly, with the first scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Sunday in Steinfort A at the hospital.

Kathy Vogt will be teaching the class, which is designed for expectant families. She is a registered nurse certified and has earned the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator credential.

The class will teach participants how to know when it's time to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and delivery, breathing techniques, and other pain relief options. The class will also touch on newborn feeding and care. After the classroom portion of the course, participants will be shown the Family Maternity Suites at ALMH.

"We are pleased to offer these classes to the community, and we encourage expecting mothers and their support partners to attend," said Elizabeth Meyrick, R.N., manager of the obstetrical unit. "The birth process for a lot of women, even second-time mothers, can be both overwhelming and joyful. The knowledge mothers gain from our prenatal class helps lessen their anxiety. Information is empowering."

ALMH's Family Maternity Suites is a state-of-the-art obstetrical center that features three spacious and private labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms with private restrooms and showers. Each mom and baby receives individualized care.

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To register for the class, call 217-732-2161, ext. 55231. The next classes are scheduled for April 14 and May 16.

To learn more about the Family Maternity Suites or the other health care services offered at ALMH, visit

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]

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