Support Groups

Christie Clinic Breastfeeding Classes

During this class, participants will learn how to breastfeed their infants and review the physiology of milk production. Common problems that mothers may encounter during breast-feeding and strategies for resolving them will be discussed.

Childbirth Preparation

This class is designed for first-time mothers and their partner. Participants will learn how to help their labor be more efficient and less painful. The final months of pregnancy, the birth process and relaxation and breathing techniques are all discussed in these classes.

We encourage you to bring a support person who can help you practice at home and eventually coach you during actual labor. Please bring several pillows and dress comfortably since you will be on the floor for much of the class.

Saturday Classes Only *Christie Clinic at University, 2nd Floor, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as listed below:

Look Good...Feel Better

A free program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Click here for more information.

The Christie Clinic Breast Cancer Support Group

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. The meetings take place in the second floor meeting room at Christie on Windsor, 1801 West Windsor Road in Champaign. A notice is mailed each month prior to the event. This wellness-focused group is comprised of breast cancer survivors of all ages and experienced health care professionals. Our goal is to share ideas, provide support, answer questions, and offer solutions to problems for people who are coping with breast cancer.

The format of each meeting includes a short presentation by a guest speaker followed by informal group interaction. You may attend as often as you wish, and you can always bring along a family member or friend.

Additional information about the Breast Cancer Support Group is available by calling the Department of General Surgery at 217.366.5445.

The Christie Clinic Diabetes Support Group (Diabetes Straight Talk)

Our Diabetes Support Group in the Christie on Windsor (1801 West Windsor Road, Champaign) 2nd Floor Southwest Meeting Room to discuss issues and concerns that are important when living with diabetes.

Everyone is welcome

2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6-7pm

Dates and Topics

January 13th: Melissa Quigg MS RN: Exercise -- It’s Crunch time: Yes, you too can exercise with diabetes.

February 10: Dr. Murty: Medical -- Ask the Doc?

March 10: Jane Valentine MS RDN LDN: Nutrition -- What is a serving size; again….. Food labels and how they can help you. LOL the swimsuits are back!!!

April 14: Cathy Norman RN ADV: Podiatry -- Sandals are in the stores already…. OMG OMG OMG

May 12: Pediatric diabetes -- How can we help out kids with diabetes stay on track while they are at camp?

June 9th: Jane Valentine MS RDN LDN -- Summer is coming (hopefully) Helpful vacation tips for people with diabetes

To find out more or to make an appointment, call our Nutrition Education Specialist Jane Valentine, at 217.366.8144.

For more information about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association web site,