A Great Start

The Gibson Area Hospital Obstetrics Department offers a wide range of family education programs that are offered to help you and your family prepare for your baby’s arrival, including:

Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Class

This interactive class will assist expectant mothers and their coaches to prepare for the birth of their child. Topics covered, but not limited to include, what to expect during your hospital stay, caring for your new baby, care of the mother before, during and after delivery, the need for increased communication between mother and coach, explaining the different pain control options, and nutrition options for your infant . You will also go on a tour of the OB department so you become familiar with the surroundings before you come to deliver. The class is offered every other month beginning in January and meets on Monday nights for four evenings. The hours are from 7pm-9pm at the Gibson Area Hospital. There is no fee for mothers who will be delivering at G.A.H. The cost for mothers not delivering at G.A.H is $50.00. The class in instructed by a Certified Childbirth Educator.  For more information contact Aimee Johnson 217-784-2510


Upcoming Schedule for childbirth classes in 2014:

Childbirth Class - May 7th, 14th, and 21st 7pm-9pm     Breastfeeding Class - May 19th 6pm-8pm

Childbirth Class - July 7th, 14th, and 21st 7pm-9pm      Breastfeeding Class - July 28th 7pm-9pm

Childbirth Class - Sept 8th, 15th, 22nd 7pm-9pm            Breastfeeding Class - Sept 29th 7pm-9pm

Childbirth Class - Nov 3rd, 10th, 17th 7pm-9pm             Breastfeeding Class - Nov 24th 7pm-9pm

Contact Aimee Johnson for dates and times.  217-784-2510


Safe Sitter Classes

Safe Sitter® teaches adolescent babysitters how to handle crises, how to keep their charges secure, and how to nurture and guide a young child. In short, Safe Sitter® babysitters help children stay safe and sound while their parents are away. In the process, these 11- to 13-year-olds emerge as more confident, responsible and compassionate teens and adults. Their instructors thrive on making a difference in the lives of these adolescents and the children in their care. And their sponsoring Safe Sitter® site enjoys the benefits of developing a positive relationship with its community's youth and families. The cost of the course is $35.  For more information contact Karen Stevenson - 217-784-2510.


The 2014 Safe Sitter classes, held at the Moyer District Library, will be: 

June 19 & 20, 9am-4pm

July 17 & 18, 9am-4pm

August 7 & 8, 9am-4pm 

The 2014 Safe Sitter classes, held at the Paxton Community & Wellness Center, will be: 

June 23 & 24, 9am-4pm

July 28 & 29, 9am-4pm


Healthy Steps for Teen Parents    

Gibson Area Hospital Obstetrics Department is offering a new course for young parents ages 15-21 years. Healthy Steps for Teen Parents is an award winning program that delivers direct, honest, and encouraging information on the entire pregnancy, birthing, and parenting experience.  This course is designed to help teens successfully meet the challenges of being young parents.  New mothers are encouraged to register for this course by contacting the Gibson Area Hospital OB Department at 217-784-2510 or sign up through the Baby Central Webpage at the Gibson Area Hospital website . The course is free to those parents delivering at Gibson Area Hospital.  Mothers delivering at other facilities are welcome to attend the course for a small $25 fee.  


Classes are held every 2 months throughout the year.  Class times are flexible to meet the needs of participants. For dates or more information, please contact Karen Stevenson - 217-784-2510.



Breastfeeding Education Class

This interactive class will assist expecting mothers and their support person to help understand breastfeeding. Topics covered include, but are not limited; how breastfeeding works, latching on and positioning, when to feed your baby, getting enough milk, breast care, and breastfeeding lifestyle. This class is taught by one of our certified lactation counselors and is offered every other month on the 4th Monday of the month from 7pm-9pm at Gibson Area Hospital.  There is no charge for mothers who will be delivering at G.A.H.  The cost for mothers not delivering at G.A.H is $20.00.  For more information about the breastfeeding class please call the Gibson Area Hospital OB Department at 217-784-2510. 

Breastfeeding Support Group

It is our goal at Gibson Area Hospital to offer as much education and support to help you and your infant successfully breastfeed. We offer a breastfeeding support group lead by one of our CLCs once a month at two different times to better accommodate our breastfeeding mothers and families. These classes are on the first Thursday of each month from 11:30am-1:00pm and 6:00pm-7:30pm. This meeting is offered as a time for breastfeeding moms to get together and talk about their breastfeeding successes, problems, and ask each other questions.

Certified Lactation Counselors Assistance

The OB Dept currently has four Certified Lactation Counselors and one International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. The CLCs will visit you while you are in the hospital and assist you with any breastfeeding needs you may have. Once you go home, you may to call the OB department at 217-784-2510 to set up a time to meet with a CLC if problems or questions arise.

Women, Infants and Children's Services

To learn more about W.I.C. Services and Family Case Management click here. 



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