What is MotherLink?
An umbrella organization aimed at bringing families together to celebrate the experiences of parenthood, MotherLink continues to provide support and comprehensive education long after the baby's birth. MotherLink serves as a valuable resource for developing friendships, finding support in special circumstances, and fostering education. MotherLink ties together several different groups and services within Pekin Hospital. Different activities - such as car seat safety checks, family outings, mothers' night out, scrapbooking and baby sign language classes - are held every month with a general MotherLink meeting held on the first Monday of the month. These different activities offer the opportunity for parents to gather in an informal setting to discuss concerns and share experiences. Check the MotherLink Calendar to find out about this month's activity.
For more information, call Shannon at (309) 347-2166.
FamilyLink gives families a chance to bond and make new friends. Every other month or so, a new activity - like a picnic - is scheduled. Check out our MotherLink Calendar to find out about the next FamilyLink activity.
Do you and your spouse go out enough? Sometimes having a scheduled night away from the kids is just what a couple needs. Through CouplesLink, you and your spouse can enjoy an evening at the movies, bowling or out for dinner. Check out our MotherLink Calendar to find out about the next CouplesLink activity.
Fathers need support too! FatherLink provides dads with an opportunity to chat with other dads about their experiences as husbands and fathers, and make new friends along the way. Check out our MotherLink Calendar to find out about the next FatherLink activity.
Share the love of your hobby with others? maybe even start a new hobby! HobbyLink generally meets monthly to do scrapbooking, stamping and other crafts. Check out our MotherLink Calendar to find out about the next HobbyLink activity.
Cravings. Swollen feet. But, oh, the joys of feeling your baby kick! Our Pregnancy Support Group offers women a monthly opportunity to gather together, learn more about pregnancy, discuss birth options and make new friends. It's a great place for women to share their discomforts and excitement about pregnancy. If you are interested in such a group, please contact Shannon at (309) 347-2166.
Share with others the experiences of breastfeeding and being a new mother. A professional lactation consultant is also available during certain meetings. The group meets every second and fourth Monday from 10 a.m. to noon and the third Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Park Court Conference Center. For more information, call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480 or page Beth Seidel at (309) 366-0610 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Do you feel the need to swap stories with other parents sometimes? MotherLink aims to start a Parenting Support Group for parents of children ages newborn to one year old. We can talk about babies getting up at night, babies teething, babies stealing your heart with a simple grin - and lots more! If you're interested, please contact Shannon at (309) 347-2166.
Programs & Speakers
In the past, MotherLink has featured healthcare professionals to discuss basic illnesses, basic first aid, and when to take your child to ER1. We've also had car seat safety checks and recipe exchanges. To see what's coming up next, please check out our MotherLink Calendar.
View our MotherLink Calendar.
Childbirth Education Class
Learn about signs of labor, comfort measures, pain relief options, what to expect during and after childbirth and basic baby care. Classes are held in the Park Court Conference Center, and the cost is $20 for the 5-week series. We also offer Saturday Express Classes from 9 - 4:30 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes lunch. To register, call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480. Please check our MotherLink Calendar to find out when the next class is offered.
The Sibling Class helps children prepare for a new addition to the family. Kids will get a tour of The Baby Place, learn about becoming a big brother or sister, and even learn how to help when the new baby arrives. Classes are held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the Park Court Conference Center, and the cost is $5. To register, call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480. Please check our MotherLink Calendar to find out when the next class is offered.
For many new moms, breastfeeding is not easy. That's why some mothers-to-be opt to prepare through our Breastfeeding Class. Led by a professional lactation consultant, this class will teach you about the benefits of breastfeeding, techniques, tips on returning to work, family support and more. Feel free to bring a support person! Classes are held in the Park Court Conference Center, and the cost is $10 for two classes. To register, call The Baby Place at (309) 353-0480. Please check our MotherLink Calendar to find out when the next class is offered.