Childcare and family classes
• A Baby Care Basics class will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in Education rooms 2 and 3 on the lower level of the hospital at 150 W. High St., Morris. This class gives parents-to-be all the information they need to know to bring their baby home with confidence, including the latest information to ease parents into the basics of caring for their newborn. Through presentation and demonstrations, this class will include newborn appearance/activity, feeding, warning signs and safety. The cost is $15 a couple.
• Introduction to Breastfeeding will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m.
Jan. 21 in the Family Birthing Suites Classroom at Morris Hospital. Taught by an obstetrical nurse/certified lactation consultant, the class focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding, pumping techniques and tips for returning to work. Breastfeeding moms will also get advice to help solve problems related to breastfeeding.
Nursing mothers are welcome to bring their infants. The class is free.
• A New Siblings class will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Family Birthing Suites Classroom at Morris Hospital. This fun and interactive experience for expecting parents and their children explores expectations of a being a super sibling.
Through hands-on activities and games, siblings-to-be will learn how a newborn baby looks and acts and what happens while mom and baby are in the hospital. Activities, discussion and a tour of the family birthing suites helps children feel a part of the experience. Each child should bring a doll or stuffed animal. The cost is $5 a child.
• An online version of the childbirth class is available through the Morris Hospital website. The online learning experience covers the birth process and medical procedures through instructive video clips, animations and interactive games. Expecting moms will also get a sense of what labor is really like by watching several birth stories. Tours of the Family Birthing Suites at Morris Hospital can be scheduled upon request.
To take the online childbirth class, go to www.morrishospital.org/events. There is a $65 participation fee. Registration for childbirth and family classes must be completed online at www.morrishospital.org/events. For information, call 815-942-3012.
Healthy meal planning
Morris Hospital is offering a new, eight-week program called Eat Real for anyone who wants to eat healthier and improve their health. Classes will meet from 5:30 to
6:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning
Feb. 7 and ending March 28, in Education Rooms 2 and 3 on the hospital’s lower level at 150 W. High Street, Morris.
“Diet is such a big part of our health, yet often we don’t take the time to prepare healthy meals,” said Leigh Anne Hall, Wellness Manager at Morris Hospital. “Eat Real focuses on recipes and meal planning that use real food instead of convenience foods. It’s a great way to increase your appetite for natural and healthful foods and gain confidence in the grocery store and kitchen. After completing the class, we hope participants will look forward to being asked, ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’”
Classes will include nutrition education with a focus on snacking, breakfast, salads, chocolate, Mediterranean foods, spices and plant based recipes. There’s even one week devoted to making healthy pizza. Participants will get to sample a different recipe each week and will have weekly assignments to complete.
The cost is $59 and includes a copy of the Eat REAL Cookbook, a one-year subscription access to more than 1,000 recipes on EatRealAmerican.com, a wipe-erase REAL food daily defender checklist and a REAL food shopping list notepad – all the tools needed to help make participants successful.
Seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at morrishospital.org/events or by calling