Education and Support

Having a baby is a wonderful yet bewildering experience. Parents are excited about the news of an addition to the family but have many questions and concerns about the preparations necessary to care for a newborn.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital understands your needs and concerns. We are here to help. We offer a variety of FREE classes and resources to assist you and your family in preparing for all phases of childbirth and newborn care. While in the hospital, our open visitation encourages your family members' involvement and provides for additional education opportunities. We are ready to help you prepare for your new arrival. We want you to have a safe, happy and healthy delivery.

Prenatal Classes

We welcome pregnant moms to our free prenatal classes offered monthly in our clean and safe environment. We screen everyone who enters the hospital and sanitize every surface so you can feel comfortable attending one of these classes with a limited number of participants and social distancing observed. Masks are required.

Classes are offered the fourth Monday of each month from 6pm-8pm. To save your spot, please call the Obstetrics department at 217-605-5231. We will cover topics including: healthy eating, stages of labor, breathing/Lamaze, myth busting, the whys and why nots of inductions, introduction to breastfeeding and so much more!

To register, please email Please include your name, address, phone number, and due date. This class will be held in ALMH Steinfort A.

Breastfeeding Support Group

We are Ready. Safe. Go. at ALMH and ready to welcome new mothers who may have questions and concerns about breastfeeding in the weeks leading up to and after birth. Join us for a weekly breastfeeding support group at ALMH led by an ALMH registered nurse who has earned a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) certification. Masks are required and every surface is sanitized to ensure a safe environment for mothers and babies. There are a limited number of individuals allowed at a time to ensure social distancing. Our new moms can feel safe and supported in this environment that will give you an opportunity to weigh your baby and ask questions. The group meets on Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Graue Room at ALMH. No reservations are needed to attend this free support group.

Breastfeeding Support Line

Breastfeeding is natural but it doesn't always come so naturally. New mothers may need more information, education and support once at home with their new baby. It's important to us that you have the support you need to successfully continue breastfeeding and we are here to help any time of day to navigate any challenges you may be experiencing. New mothers can call a member of our team directly at 217-605-5233. There is no cost for this service.

Pregnancy Loss

Suffering a loss during pregnancy can be extremely difficult for the family. The grieving process varies with each individual, but Family Maternity Suites is here to care for you during this difficult time. Staff help provide mementos and cherished keepsakes if the family desires.

Mom HELP! Line

Once new mothers return home with their baby, oftentimes the questions begin. The ALMH Family Maternity Suites team knows that in an effort to do what's best for baby, it is easy for new moms to become overwhelmed. Sometimes all that is needed is a second opinion and support from one of our nurses. We are here to help. Whether new mothers are concerned about a health issue or just have a question about caring for a newborn, we encourage new mothers and caregivers to call us anytime at directly at 217-605-5233. There is no cost for this service and we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.