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.
Childbirth for New Parents: On-Site Class
Saturday, June 24 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sat July 15 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat Aug 19 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat Sept 23 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat Oct 21 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat Nov 18 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat Dec 9 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee: $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.
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
Introduction to Breastfeeding
Monday, July 17 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, August 21 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, November 20 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, December 11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person or couple
Mommy’s Having a Baby
Click on your desired date/time to register.
Thursday, July 20 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 21 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 28 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 16 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.
Postpartum Adjustment Support Group