Linda Reynes, RN, BSN
Linda Reynes has over 30 years experience working in labor and delivery as well as mother/baby, perinatal, and childbirth education. She received her BSN from Elmhurst college and is certified as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator and Infant Massage Instructor. Some of the classes that Linda has taught include breast feeding, baby care, labor birth postpartum, low intervention support for labor and birth, Cesarean, as well as CPR (AHA certified) and Blast Babysitting Program.
Linda is currently teaching classes at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. She also works part-time in Labor and Delivery. Linda offers private or small group classes at Integrative Therapies Wellness Center which focus on relaxation, meditation, and visualization during the labor and delivery process and other comfort techniques. When Linda is not teaching she is attending yoga classes with her daughters, exploring healthy cooking options for her family, chasing after her two dogs, or gardening when weather permits.
ECSI BLAST! Babysitter Lessons & Safety Training
BLAST! is an important training program for potential babysitters and parents considering hiring a babysitter. The BLAST! program is exciting and interactive, providing extensive training in pediatric first aid, household safety, and the fundamentals of childcare.
- Reviews benefits/advantages of breastfeeding, advantages of formula feeding, anatomy & psycho-physiology of lactation, principle of supply and demand, importance of early nursing, changes in breast milk, sucking patterns for breast & bottle feeding, proper positioning, how to tell when the baby is getting enough, normal stool patterns, breast pumping collection and storage, and diet.
- Beginning with delivery through the first six weeks and beyond. Topics include infant care, bathing, growth and development, immunizations, safety, sleep, breast and bottle feeding and common concerns of new parents.
Labor, Birth, and Postpartum
- This class includes an overview of the signs and symptoms of labor, the stages of labor, the birthing process, Lamaze style breathing and relaxation techniques. Medication and anesthesia, as well as medical procedures including Cesarean deliveries will also be discussed and the immediate care and recovery of mother and child after birth.
Low Intervention Support
- This class is designed for expectant parents who have a foundational knowledge of the birthing process. The class addresses the fact that each birthing family is unique. You will learn about birthing options considered low intervention and comfort strategies meeting your individual needs. Participants will learn natural methods of pain management, which will support the normal process of birth. This class is suggested for any expectant parent desiring low interventions during their labor and delivery.
- Designed for mothers to attend with their babies (at least 8 weeks old), this class teaches the art of infant massage, which will promote bonding, comforting, and mother and infant relaxation. Provides a supportive environment for moms to discuss their experiences, concerns, and triumphs about motherhood.