Pregnancy Support Groups: Nursing Students to Offer | Loyola Medicine
Monday, March 2, 2015

Loyola nursing students to offer pregnancy support groups

Groups will help pregnant women prepare for motherhood

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Feb. 26, 2015) – Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing students will help moms-to-be prepare for the arrival of their infants. The students will hold two free support groups for expectant mothers in the underserved community surrounding Loyola. 

"The Loyola Community Nursing Center has a long history of outreach to those in need," said Monica Dillon, RN, community public health nurse and project facilitator, Loyola Community Nursing Center. "Helping expectant mothers during pregnancy and in preparation for childbirth and parenthood is another extension of this service to the surrounding community."

One support group will be held on Mondays beginning March 9 and continuing through April 20, 2015, from 1:30 – 3 pm at the Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. The second group will take place on Fridays, beginning Feb. 27 and continuing through April 17, 2015, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Howard Area Family Health Center, 7510 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. 

Nursing students, dietetic interns and exercise science students will facilitate the groups and discuss a variety of topics about pregnancy and newborn care. Topics will include:

  • Eating healthy for you and your baby
  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • Discomforts of pregnancy and what you can do to feel better
  • Your birth plan: Labor and delivery
  • Taking care of your newborn baby
  • When to call your doctor or midwife during pregnancy

All are welcome. Lights snacks will be served. 

For questions about the support group, contact the Loyola University Community Nursing Center at 773-508-3339. 

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.