Expecting a baby?

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. We encourage your support person to attend as well.

Preparing for childbirth class

Our team of experienced childbirth educators are here to help you and your partner or labor support person understand and prepare for the arrival of your baby. You will learn about labor and delivery, comfort measures to help you cope with labor, facts about epidurals, inductions, pain management and cesarean birth. We will also talk about recovery from birth and how to prepare for the early weeks at home with your baby as well as infant care and feeding.

Breastfeeding class

Learn the breastfeeding basics from a certified lactation specialist. Topics include benefits of breastfeeding, positioning/latch, breastfeeding positions, hunger signs, how to tell your baby is getting enough to eat and more. Tips on pumping and breast milk storage will be shared as well.

Infant/child CPR and other emergencies - ending June 2022

This class includes information and materials for parents and caregivers on safety topics for newborns and provides demonstration for infant and child CPR/choking and use of an AED. Tips on how to prepare a safe home for your new baby will also be discussed. This class is not for certification.

Infant/child CPR and choking

This class utilizes the American Heart Association’s “Family and Friends” CPR course. You will practice hands-on CPR and choking techniques with size appropriate mannequins. You will also learn how to use an AED-automatic external defibrillator, located in many places throughout the community. This class is not for certification. You will receive an AHA resource book to take home.

Safe home for baby

This class focuses on prevention of accidental injuries of infants/children. Topics include making your home safe, safety products, poisons, and emergency preparation. Basic first aid topics such as allergic reactions, broken bones, burns, cuts, and falls are included as well.

Newborn care class

For those not attending our “Preparing for Childbirth Class”, our newborn class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your new addition. This class is open to all types of caregivers (parents, grandparents, day care providers).

Family birthplace tours

Currently unavailable

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 visitor restrictions tours are currently not available. There is a virtual tour available.

Siblings class

Help prepare the new big brother or sister in your family for the changes that having a baby sibling brings. This class is for children ages 3 to 7 years old. Please call first to schedule a child outside of this age range. 

Dads on deck

A dads-only, one-time session that gives a dad’s perspective on what’s happening in your life—now, when the big day arrives and once you take your new baby home. Led by an experienced “Dad’s class” educator.

Pointers from a pediatrician

This virtual session is led by a pediatrician covers what to expect when visiting the doctor with your baby. Discussion will center around topics such as well baby checkups, immunizations, sick baby visits, other concerns and current pediatric recommendations.

Twins, triplets and more

Expecting twins, triplets, or more? There’s additional knowledge you need beyond a standard preparing for childbirth class! Join one of our certified childbirth educators to better understand the unique information to help support you as you journey into the world of parenting multiples. Hear advice from parents of multiples that have gone before you, and learn about what your pregnancy, labor & delivery, and postpartum experience will be like with more than just one new baby on the way! 

Cesarean birth class

Learn what to expect from preadmission through your recovery at home. Topics include: indications for cesarean birth, preparation for surgery, explanation of the procedure, breastfeeding after surgery, and postoperative recovery in the hospital and at home.

Infant car seat safety

In this virtual class you’ll learn from the experts with the Helen DeVos Injury Prevention Program how all those buckles and straps really work, what they do, how to properly install a car seat and how to secure a baby or child in the car seat.

Online eClass options

The following eClass option is available for you to take online at home, on your own time, at your own pace.

Understanding birth eClass

This interactive online course covers essential information on labor and more, and highlights ways partners can help throughout the process. You’ll also get a sense of what labor is really like as you watch several birth stories. You’ll even have an opportunity to create your own birth plan! Topics covered include: pregnancy, labor, birth stories, comfort techniques, medical procedures, cesarean birth, newborns and postpartum.

Support group information

Breastfeeding support group

Free, in person support and registration is not required to attend. Safety measures are in place and health screenings will be done upon arrival. Masks are required. Only mom and nursing baby are permitted to attend.

Tuesday  - 12:30 pm to 2 pm at the Spectrum Health South Pavilion, 80 68th Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Wednesday - 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, 665 Seward Avenue NW, Grand Rapids.

Thursday - 12:30 pm to 2 pm at Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, 665 Seward Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. 

Breastfeeding support specialty telemedicine
Call the hospital's lactation scheduling line to schedule time for a video call with a lactation peer counselor at 616.391.9437.
Postpartum emotional support group

Free virtual support group available for new birthing parents who are experiencing unexpected and challenging emotions. Group is facilitated by Spectrum Health specialists trained in postpartum emotions.

Tuesday – Meets every Tuesday online at 7 pm to 8:30 pm via Microsoft Teams. Must register to receive a link to the online group.