7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Chicago

Don’t just get bigger. Get smarter! Get ready for baby with one of these cool, local classes.

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Childbirth education

Get a primer in the stages of labor and the scoop on pain-relief techniques—whether you want drugs or not. Find out what happens if there are complications during childbirth and what to expect after delivery. And get tips on how to create the right birth plan for you.
Take it at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, $120, (877) 926-4664

Cesarean childbirth

If you know you’re having a c-section, this is the class for you. You’ll get all the details on what really happens during the surgery, plus advice on recovering physically and emotionally after the birth.
Take it at Rush University Medical Center, $50 per couple, (312) 942-2336

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the hang of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers how to properly position baby, get her to latch correctly and know if she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn what you can and can’t eat and how to pump and store milk.
Take it at The University of Chicago Medical Center, $25 per individual or couple, (773) 702-9200

Hypnobirth prep

In this six-week course, learn a series of self-hypnosis techniques that will help prepare you for a relaxed, more comfortable natural birth. Also find out about prenatal health, stages of labor, birthing options, breastfeeding basics and infant care.
Take it at Chicago Hypnobabies, $400, (423) 208-8887

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering and soothing.
Take it at Swedish Covenant Hospital, $60 per couple, (773) 878-6888

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in the Boot Camp for New Dads, where he’ll learn how to handle his new role, get baby care basics and find out the best ways to help you out as you recover.
Take it at Rush-Copley Medical Center, $15, (866) 426-7539

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages 3 to 12 discuss what it will be like to become a big brother or sister and learn what will change when the baby arrives, plus how to help mom and dad.
Take it at Advocate Christ Medical Center, $15 for one child or $20 per family, (800) 323-8622

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