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Loyola students offer pregnancy support groups

Groups help women prepare for motherhood

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Feb. 25, 2015) — Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing students are helping moms-to-be prepare for the arrival of their infants. Two support groups for expectant mothers are being offered free of charge in the underserved community surrounding Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

“Loyola 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 Mondays, March 9 through April 20, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. The second group will take place on Fridays, Feb. 27 through April 17, from 10-11:30 a.m. 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 mother-to-be and baby
  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • Discomforts of pregnancy and what to do to feel better
  • Having a birth plan: Labor and delivery
  • Taking care of the newborn baby
  • When to call the 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.