Prenatal Orientation Class

Lactation & Childbirth

Lactation Classes

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, but it rarely feels that way. For first time moms, and inexperienced babies breast feeding can be a challenge. While videos and books give helpful advice and illustrations to new moms, nothing is better than having a trained professional at your side assisting you in breastfeeding positions, Latch, infant feeding clues and most important; "Did my infant get enough milk?" These are the 4 most important key factors attributing to successful and healthy breastfeeding.

Our main goal is to facilitate and support a "peaceful, enjoyable" and "safe" breastfeeding experience for you, your newborn as well as your extended family. We can get you off to a positive start so that you and your baby can enjoy many fulfilling months or years ahead.

Breastfeeding is empowering to us as women. And yet we understand that there is limited time spent in the care of health professionals during your hospital stay postnatally. Allow us to help you successfully breastfeed your infant.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding alone provides all the nutrients necessary for infants until about 6 months of age. We can provide answers and solutions to all your questions and concerns. We will be there through all the common, and not so common stages of doubt, with our supportive, sensitive and knowledgeable staff.

You can rest assured that you and your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect.

Lactation Specialist

Patty Janicek, BSN, graduated from Loyola University and has been working with mothers & babies for 28 years. She is a labor and delivery nurse, a lactation consultant, and a childbirth educator. Her certifications include C.C.E (Certified Childbirth Educator) and I.B.C.L.C (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Both Antares Institute and Patty are committed to providing the enthusiastically supportive and comforting environment that mothers and babies deserve.

Individual Lactation Services

Postpartum Mother/Baby Session - 1.5 hours

  • Length of Session: 1.5 Hours
  • Description: Individual assistance with breastfeeding difficulties including latch issues, discomfort while feeding, milk supply concerns, weight gain, ...etc.

Discounted Packages

  • Breastfeeding Class and Follow Up Office Consult: $100

Breastfeeding Education and Groups

They Come Hungry!

  • When: 2021: 4/5, 5/3, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 9/13, 10/4, 11/8, 12/6
  • Time: 7pm-9pm
  • Cost: $35
  • Suggested Attendance: Late Pregnancy
  • Learn the How To’s of breastfeeding. Receive practical Information for breastfeeding success. Find out what to look for to know mother & baby are doing well.

Breastfeeding/New Moms Support Group

Our breast feeding support group meets every Monday. Join Patty Janicek and a group of amazing other moms for our support group!

  • Every Monday from 11:00-12:00
  • Cost: FREE
  • Suggested Attendance: Late Pregnancy

Antenatal Colostrum Collection by Hand Expressing

Current research supports the safety of antenatal hand expressing of colostrum due to its potential benefit of supporting a mother whose goal is to exclusively breastfeed her baby. Expressed colostrum can be used for supplementation when needed.

Antenatal colostrum collecting may be medically indicated for you and your baby in the following scenarios:

  • Have diabetes of any kind (colostrum stabilizes blood sugars more than formula)
  • Are taking beta blockers to control high blood pressure
  • Had previous breast surgery
  • Had history of low milk supply

Or if baby has:

  • Sibling with history of high jaundice levels requiring supplementation
  • Known cleft lip or palate
  • Congenital conditions such as Down syndrome or cardiac complications

Expressing colostrum is ONLY recommended after 36 weeks and in low-risk pregnancies. Always consult with your physician or midwife before initiating.

The following references can help you get started. If you decide you would like to begin collection, storage syringes can be obtained at our office:

Childbirth Care Classes

West Suburban Women's Health offers preparation classes for expectant parents to help provide parents with a more realistic, knowledgeable and ultimately more enjoyable experience. We've taught thousands of women to coordinate their minds and bodies during labor and birth and helped spouses and support people understand their important role in ensuring success.

Preparing for your baby's birth should be fun and interesting. Classes at West Suburban Women's Health have been intentionally designed so families can choose as few or as many classes as they would like to take. They are specifically designed for our group of physicians and midwives.

Often touted as our "most fun" classes, these fun and interactive programs cover the specifics of newborn care, including bathing, temperature-taking, newborn reflexes and behavior, common newborn appearances, diapering, swaddling and soothing, feeding techniques and more.

Childbirth Education Group Classes

Attend 4 childbirth classes for the discounted price of $120.

Childbirth Basics – 101

Begin your journey to meeting your baby by learning about the labor process.  Topics include:

  • How to know you are in labor
  • When to go to the hospital
  • What to bring with you
  • What to expect during the hospital stay

Also covered is information about interventions such as fetal monitoring, epidurals and cesarean delivery.  Even if you are planning for an epidural, this class is full of vital information to improve your childbirth experience.

  • When: 2021: 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/11, 10/2, 11/13, 12/11
  • Time: 9am-11:30am
  • Cost: $45
  • Suggested Attendance: Late Pregnancy

Beyond the Basics - 102

This class focuses on labor comfort measures such as breathing & relaxation techniques. You will also learn about other therapeutic coping skills and practice using birthing balls. We recommend attending Childbirth Basics – 101 prior to this class.

  • When: 2021: 4/26, 5/17, 6/21, 7/26, 8/23, 9/27, 10/18, 11/29, 12/20
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Cost: $30
  • Suggested Attendance: Late Pregnancy

Newborn Care Group Classes

Baby Care Basics

This class will focus on a wide range of topics including postpartum adjustments, newborn care, ways to reduce the risk of SIDS, and when to call your pediatrician.

  • When: 2021: 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/11, 11/15, 12/13
  • Time: 7pm-9pm
  • Cost: $30
  • Suggested Attendance: Late Pregnancy

Happiest Baby on the Block

Dr. Harvey Karp is a renowned pediatrician and child development specialist. He created a series of steps to teach parents ways to calm & soothe their babies while decreasing colic and increasing sleep. Come learn the ways of a newborn & how to feel confident in your parenting skills. CD and DVD included in price.

  • When: 2021: 3/29, 5/24, 8/30, 10/25 
  • Time: 7pm-9pm
  • Cost: $45
  • Suggested Attendance: Late Pregnancy


West Suburban Women's Health Ltd.
545 Plainfield Roads Suite C
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 654-2229

Office Hours

Office Hours are by Appointment
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-7:00pm
Friday 8:00am-3:00pm


24 Hour Answering Service:
Phone: (630) 654-2229
Fax: (630) 655-3270