Having a baby is a huge change. Going to a supportive place to relax and be with other new moms is a great way to enjoy this change. The moms who have older babies can help you know what to expect. As the weeks go by, you will find yourself helping other new moms. Moms and Infants Breastfeeding Support Group is held every Wednesday from Noon - 2 p.m. The session is led by a lactation consultant. For more information, call 309.683.6672.
Patient Support Group & Family Awareness Group both meet Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm. Call 309.655.2738 for more information.
(The Organization for Understanding Children's Hearts)
T.O.U.C.H.'s mission is to provide emotional support for the parent, the child and the entire family. The group brings together parents who have common concerns, feelings and anxieties. They share information and encourage parents through their Parent's Survival Kit, an annual fall picnic and Heartline. Heartline provides a one-on-one connection with another parent whose child has been part of the heart program at Children’s Hospital.
For more information, call 309.655.2650 or 800.443.9898, or visit their website
Meets Mondays, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at OSF Center for Health – Route 91. For more information, contact Polly at 309.683.5302.
Neonatal Intensive Care
The NICU hosts a weekly parent social hour and support group for families who have a child in any of our special care nurseries. The group, facilitated by a graduate NICU parent, runs weekly on Sunday afternoons, from 3-4pm in the NICU Sister Jeanette Conference Room.
Additionally, NICU parents are invited to participate in a wide array of courses designed around the needs of the premature or ill infant. These courses, called Baby Steps, include topics like Brain Development, Infant Illness, Developmental Care of the Preterm Infant, Understanding the NICU, Car Seat Safety, and Medical Terminology in the NICU.
For current NICU families, the Parent-to-Parent Mentoring Program has been developed to offer ongoing emotional support. This program matches specially trained NICU graduate parents with current NICU families in order to facilitate and bolster coping skills during their hospital stay.
For information about any of the NICU family support programs, call 309.472.4100.