Classes and Support Groups
CHI Health St. Francis and the Grand Island community offer a variety of educational classes to enhance your pregnancy, create a positive birth experience, and help you learn to care for your newborn as he or she grows. For your convenience, we have listed classes in a timeline.
By Your Sixth Month (18 to 24 weeks)
Prepared Childbirth Four-Week Class Series
For expectant parents, 7:00 p.m. Thursdays. Four-week session. For dates and fees call Sylvia at (308) 485-4627.
HypnoBirthing ® classes focus on using relaxation techniques and self-hypnosis to prepare you for a peaceful, calm delivery. Alternative to traditional childbirth classes. Plan early as these classes are only offered 2-3 times per year. Five-week session. For dates and fees call Lana at (308) 390-0968.
Newborn Channel Video Library
As a patient of CHI Health St. Francis, we want you to have the information you need to care for your newest addition to your family. Our goal is to educate our patients, families and caregivers to promote overall wellness and recovery during your stay with us and at home.
Our patient education library provides easy-to-understand programming on a variety of topics including newborn care, breastfeeding, baby development, shaken baby syndrome, circumcisions, immunizations, pregnancy, postpartum care and more. This video library is available 24 hours a day and on any device with a wi-fi connection.
In Your Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Month (24 to 32 weeks)
Family Birthing Center Tours
Tours of the Family Birthing Center are offered on the Fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. No registration is needed. In the case of bad weather, please call (308) 398-5888 to see if tours are still scheduled. Tours meet in the lobby of the main entrance to the hospital.
Preparing for Breastfeeding Class
This class is for any woman considering breastfeeding her baby. Discussions cover why you should consider breastfeeding; physical and emotional preparation; needs of the newborn, mother and family; working while breastfeeding; support and resources; pacifiers; and breast pumps. Fathers or other support people are welcome to attend. One-night class for expectant parents, third Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at CHI Health St. Francis. For fees, dates and to register, call (308) 398-6595.
BabyCare Basics Class
A one-time class for expectant parents to learn about caring for their newborn, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. fourth Monday of January, March, May, July, September, and November in the CHI Health St. Francis conference room. There is a fee for materials. For Information/registration: (308) 398-5888
Car Seat Check-Up Appointments with Child Safety
It’s very important to learn to install your car seat properly before your baby is born. Please call (308) 398-6584 in your sixth month of pregnancy to set up an appointment to get your car seat checked. You will be expected to know how to use and install your own car seat properly once your baby is born.
After Your Baby Arrives
To support breastfeeding mothers, St. Francis provides a registered nurse who is a certified lactation consultant. This person can help mothers start breastfeeding during their hospital stay and can offer support after mom and baby go home. She is available for consultations by calling (308) 398-6595. Please leave a message on her voicemail if she doesn’t answer.
“Eat at Mom’s” Weekly Breastfeeding Support Group
Having problems with breastfeeding or just want to get out of the house and meet other new mothers? This support group for breastfeeding mothers and babies, facilitated by breastfeeding counselors meets every Tuesday between 10 a.m. - Noon at Hy-Vee Club Room, 115 Wilmar Ave. No registration or fees. For more information, call (308) 398-6595.
Infant Massage Class
Learn about the benefits massage can have for your newborn. One-time class for new parents and newborn, ideally between 2-6 weeks of age. Taught by licensed massage therapists at R&R Therapeutic Massage Clinic, 2343 Webb Rd. For fees and to register call (308) 389-9177.
If you feel you would like help with difficult decisions associated with an unintended pregnancy, there are caseworkers and counselors available to help you sort through your options and make a choice that is best for your baby and you. Call Nebraska Children’s Home at (308) 381-0568.
Doula Labor Support
For more information about professional labor support, please call any of the following doulas for an appointment:
A fee is charged for using doula labor support.
WIC Services through the Central Nebraska Health District
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a supplement food and nutrition education program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or up to six-month post-partum as well as infants and children up to age of five. It is a short-term intervention program designed to encourage positive nutrition and health behaviors in a targeted, high-risk population. WIC services include peer counselors as well as breastfeeding support. Call (308) 385-5188 for more information.