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Childbirth and Parenting

Childbirth and Parenting

Breastfeeding Support Group

The early weeks of breastfeeding can be challenging. Come with your baby and receive expert help from certified breastfeeding counselors and RN's from the Family Birth Center. Sleepy babies, burping, pumping and returning to work are some of the topics discussed. Surrounded by other moms and babies, you will gain confidence in breastfeeding. You are welcome to attend during pregnancy. These free weekly group sessions meet in the DeWitt Professional Building adjacent to the hospital.  

Registration is not required and arrival time is flexible.  Free parking. If you have questions, please call 616.748.2834.

The group meets each Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m.  Exceptions:  No sessions on April 4, June 6 or July 4, 2017.

Tuesday, Weekly 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

: Free

Childbirth for New Parents: On-Site Class

Expectant parents in the third trimester learn stages of labor, relaxation, breathing and comfort measures. Two pillows and a large towel are required for floor exercises. Continental breakfast and tour of the Family Birth Center are included.

: $55, Insurance billed; Medicaid covered

Childbirth and Mother & Newborn Care: Online Education

Using videos, innovative 3D animation and real birth stories, this web-based, self-paced program will help you be better prepared for your birth experience. You will receive a booklet by mail with an access code. When you’ve completed the course, you’re encouraged to attend a two-hour follow-up class with a Spectrum Health childbirth educator who will provide guided practice of breathing and relaxation, answer your questions and give you a tour of our Family Birth Center.

Upon completion of the follow up class, you will receive an access code and another booklet for Mother and New Baby Care, a web-based program that features dozens of short videos and information that explains and shows what to expect in those first few weeks after you bring baby home, including breastfeeding education. Your registration includes Understanding Birth online class access for six months, an in-person follow-up class and a second online program: Mother and New Baby Care which has online access for six months.

Register online and get started now.

Fee: $10

Dads on Board: For Dads-To-Be

A just-for-guys class that gives a male perspective on what's happening in your life now and when the big day arrives once you take your new baby home. Led by an experienced dad and educator.

Tue Oct 3 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Family Birth Center Tour

See what our Family Birth Center has to offer! Call 616.772.7530 to schedule a time for your personalized tour.

: Free

Introduction to Breastfeeding

Taught by a certified breastfeeding RN counselor, this class will teach expectant parents about breastfeeding positions, correct latch, techniques, nutrition and solutions to common problems. Six months of access to online breastfeeding education included. Parents are welcome to attend anytime during pregnancy.

: $20 per person or couple

Mommy’s Having a Baby

Children ages two to six learn about having a new brother or sister. Includes a goody bag and a Family Birth Center tour.

Click on your desired date/time to register.
Thursday, September 28 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 16 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 7 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Fee: Free

Postpartum Adjustment Support Group

One in five women experience postpartum depression. This group is facilitated by Pine Rest Zeeland Clinic therapists and specially trained Zeeland Community Hospital nurses.

: Free

For more information, call 616.741.3790.