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

The prenatal classes offered at ALMH are free to expectant parents. Mothers and their partners will learn about when to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and delivery, pain relief options, breathing techniques and more. The Lamaze approach is taught as a basis to increase each mother's confidence in her ability to give birth and to learn simple coping strategies for labor including focused breathing, massage techniques, positioning, and relaxation. Our classes are taught by an experienced member of the ALMH obstetrics team and include in-depth explanations of birthing options, including cesarean delivery, induction of labor, and medications. Partners will also learn about how to support mothers on the big day. Attending the class together and gathering information often helps lessen anxiety for the much-anticipated birth of a child. The class will also include a tour of the ALMH Family Maternity Suites. Please register for the class anytime by calling the Family Maternity Suites directly at 217-605-5233.

2019 Class Schedule

Breastfeeding Support Group

New mothers have many questions and concerns about breastfeeding in the weeks leading up to and after birth. Join us for a weekly breastfeeding support group at ALMH to exchange information and experiences. Led by an ALMH registered nurse who has earned a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) certification, this support group gives you an opportunity to weigh your baby, share stories and ask questions in a group of supportive new moms. The group meets on Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Graue Room at ALMH. Bring your lunch. 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.