Newswise — 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.

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