Expecting a Baby?

In-Person, Virtual and Online Class Options Available

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 in-person, virtual and online 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.

In-Person Class Offerings:

The following classes are currently still being held in-person. Click on the link for upcoming dates/times.

  • Preparing for Childbirth Class: attend weekly class sessions. Sign up for this class after your third month of pregnancy to attend a class in your seventh - eighth month 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.
  • 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. 
  • Newborn 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.


Virtual Class Options 

Virtual Dads on Deck Class

In this dads-only class you will learn from an experienced “Dad’s Class” educator what it’s like to go through labor and birth and have a new baby at home. Hear real stories and learn ways you can help nurture mom and baby before and after your baby’s birth. 

Click here to learn more or to register for a class. 


Virtual Pointers from a Pediatrician Class

Your opportunity to hear it straight from an expert awaits. Here is your chance to chat with a pediatrician. Bring your questions and concerns about newborn and infant health to this informative, enjoyable event. Find out a doctor’s point of view on topics such as:
  • Choosing your baby’s doctor
  • Sleeping and crying
  • Feeding your baby
  • FAQs from parents of newborns
  • Baby illnesses, what to watch for, when to call the doctor

“Getting information by word of mouth from family and friends is great, but being able to have a conversation and ask questions with a doctor gave us so much more peace of mind!”—Class Participant 

Registration is required. View upcoming sessions and register online at Pointers from a Pediatrician - Virtual Class


Virtual Family Birthplace Tour

View a virtual tour of Butterworth Hospital's Family Birthplace


Prenatal Yoga: Free Video Sessions Available on YouTube


View free Prenatal Yoga video sessions on Spectrum Health's YouTube channel


Virtual Car Seat Safety

A properly installed car seat can reduce the risk of death by nearly 71 percent. But, it's tricky! Learn the proper installation to keep your infant safely secured. This class, now in a virtual setting, will answer the "how to" questions such as how to properly install the seat in the car, how buckles and straps work, how to properly secure your infant in the seat and much more! This virtual class is offered by Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. Click here to be redirected to their website to register for a Virtual Car Seat Safety Class.  


Virtual Infant Massage Class

Taught by an RN in a virtual setting, infant massage can help your baby sleep, reduce crying, increase bonding and may even promote growth in premature babies. Infant massage has also been shown to alleviate postpartum symptoms in mothers. This virtual class is offered by Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. Click here to be redirected to their website to register for a Virtual Infant Massage Class.     



Online Class Options: 

Spectrum Health Healthier Communities is happy to provide online pregnancy and childbirth classes during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please review the eClass opportunities below, preview the course and then click on the green button to register for online classes.  

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.

Understanding Breastfeeding eClass

This interactive online course covers the essentials of breastfeeding, including clear animation and plenty of video examples. It lets you know when to call for help and includes partner tips throughout. You will also have the opportunity to track feedings with an easy-to-use tracker! Topics covered include: How Breastfeeding Works, How to Breastfeed, When to Feed Your Baby, Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care and Breastfeeding Lifestyle.

Understanding Infant & Child Safety eClass

Statistics that show infants and children are most often injured in homes and cars. This can be scary for any new parent. Do you know all the ways you can reduce your child’s risk of being hurt from a preventable accident? Learn life-saving information by taking this online safety class! Topics covered include: Car Safety, Safe Baby Care, Safety Products, Home Safety, Poisons, Infant CPR, First Aid and more.

Understanding Mother & Baby Care eClass

This interactive online course covers essential information for the first two weeks after birth, including taking care of yourself, caring for your newborn, and feeding your baby. It also highlights important warning signs so you know when to call for help. Topics covered include: Baby Care, Feeding Your Baby and Mother Care.

Understanding Your Newborn eClass

This interactive online course covers essential information for the first six weeks and beyond, including clear video examples of bathing, feeding and diapering, and lets you know when to call the doctor.  You will also stay organized with a variety of helpful checklists and trackers! Topics covered include: Newborn Traits, Newborn Behaviors, Crying and Comforting, Feeding, Diapering, Bathing, Nail Care & Dressing, Newborn Health and Newborn Safety.


Support Group Information

Breastfeeding Virtual Support Group: Offered through Zeeland Community Hospital you are invited to join an online, virtual support group. Click here to be redirected to Zeeland Community Hospital's web site to view and sign up for classes and support groups. 

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 Emotions Virtual Support Group: This free, virtual support group meets weekly. To register to attend a future group or learn more click here