Expecting a Baby - Pregnancy and Childbirth Classes

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The birth of a baby can be a very exciting time. It is also filled with lots of questions and decisions. The Family Birthplace at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids partners with Spectrum Health Healthier Communities to offer a variety of educational programs to help you feel prepared and confident as you move into your new role as a parent.Our prenatal and parenting classes are taught by certified childbirth educators. Class size is limited and classes fill quickly, so try to schedule early in your pregnancy for the best options.If you need help deciding which classes to take, review the suggested list below. We encourage your support person to attend as well. For more information or to schedule a class, call 616.391.5000, option 1.

For class and event cancellations and closing information, please visit spectrumhealth.org/cancellations or call 616.391.5000, option 3. Time permitting, local media sources will be contacted. Participants are always encouraged to use their own judgment to assess road conditions and travel safety in their area.

First-Time Parents

  • Baby Care Class: attend if you are not participating in the Preparing for Childbirth Class or if you are adopting an infant. Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend a class during months six - eight of pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding Class: Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend a class during months seven - eight of pregnancy.
  • Dads on Deck: dads-to-be learn what to expect before and after baby is born
  • Family Birthplace Tour : Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend during months seven - eight of pregnancy.
  • Infant Car Seat Safety: Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend a class during months seven - eight of pregnancy.
  • Infant/Child CPR and Other Emergencies: Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend a class during months seven - eight of pregnancy. This class can also be taken after the birth of your baby. 
  • Pointers From a Pediatrician for Expectant Parents: Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend a class during months seven - eight of pregnancy.
  • Preparing for Childbirth Class: attend weekly sessions like the 4-week, 2-week, weekend or teen sessions (Call for classes in Spanish or other non-English languages.)  Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend a class in your seventh - eighth month of pregnancy. An online eClass  is available as well.

Growing Families

Other Family Members and Care Providers

Other Prenatal Classes

Support Groups

Spectrum Health Healthier Communities offers support to new mothers facing challenges with breastfeeding and extended baby blues or postpartum depression. These support groups are free and no registration is required.
  • Bereavement services: support from trained counselors for any pregnancy or newborn infant loss
  • Breastfeeding support: join our breastfeeding group (TuesdaysWednesdays and Thursdays) and connect with other mothers and certified lactation consultants or take advantage of the Family Birthplace’s inpatient and outpatient support from board-certified lactation consultants and counselors
  • Postpartum emotional support: help with baby blues, depression or concerns about the demands and adjustments of motherhood