by Stephanie Racine
Expectant parent classes can cost a substantial amount in downtown Chicago. For example, classes at Northwestern Hospital cost from $50-$120.
But Dr. Daniel Weissbluth, a pediatrician who has an office in Northwestern’s campus in Streeterville, is out to buck the trend.
“We figure it should be free,” he said.
Dr. Weissbluth’s office offers free prenatal classes on topics including CPR and infant safety, breastfeeding, sleep and newborn care.
“We saw an educational gap and we wanted to fill it,” he said.
The classes include important information for new parents. Dr. Weissbluth said most first-time parents are unaware of the sleep deprivation that comes from having a new baby.
New parent Jessica Kushner took the classes at Dr. Weissbluth’s office in preparation for her son Lorenzo, born Oct. 14, 2019. The most valuable class she took was Newborn Care: The First 48 Hours and Beyond, Dr. Weissbluth said. Newborn Care covers the delivery process in the hospital and what to expect once new parents arrive home.
“I would have been walking in blind,” Kushner said.
The internet is inundated with information about having a baby, but Dr. Weissbluth’s classes gave Kushner a baseline of truth, she said.
The classes are intended for first-time parents and family members who want to attend are welcome—as long as they register in advance.
The instructors offer their email address for participants to follow up with any questions they may have. Dr. Weissbluth’s office is also available for information.
“We encourage questions,” Dr. Weissbluth said.
Northwestern Hospital offers free tours of their triage, labor and delivery and postpartum floors at Prentice Women’s Hospital. Registration is required. Visit classes.nm.org for information.
For other expectant parent classes, UChicago Medicine offers free classes at their Hyde Park location. Visit uchicagomedicine.org for information.
Dr. Weissbluth’s Streeterville office is at 737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 820. For questions about the free classes or the practice, call (312) 202-0300. Register for classes at weissbluthpediatrics.com
Dr. Weissbluth also has offices in Bucktown and South Loop.