Expecting a Baby?

Online Pregnancy and Childbirth Classes Available

In an effort to continue to provide pregnancy and childbirth education during the COVID-19 outbreak we are offering a variety of online classes at a discounted rate. 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!  

We recommend the Understanding Birth eClass for those who planned to attend the Preparing for Childbirth in-person class.

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! 

We recommend the Understanding Breastfeeding eClass for those who planned to attend the Breastfeeding in-person class.

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!

We recommend the Understanding Infant & Child Safety eClass for those who planned to attend the Infant / Child CPR and Other Emergencies in-person class OR the Infant Car Seat Safety in-person 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.

We recommend the Understanding Mother and Baby Care eClass for those who would like more in-depth information on how to prepare to return home after the birth of your baby.

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! 

We recommend the Understanding Your Newborn eClass for those who planned to attend the Newborn Care in-person class or those would like more in-depth information on caring for your newborn. 

Topics covered include: Newborn Traits, Newborn Behaviors, Crying and Comforting, Feeding, Diapering, Bathing, Nail Care & Dressing, Newborn Health and Newborn Safety.

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The following are in-person classes that will resume when the COVID-19 outbreak is over. You may register for an in-person class for a future date but please keep in mind if the outbreak continues these classes will also be cancelled. In the event a class is cancelled an email notification will be sent and refunds will be processed for classes paid out of pocket. 

For up-to-date cancellation information, please visit spectrumhealth.org/cancellations or call 616.391.5000, option 3.

First-Time Parents

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prenatal Yoga: Sign up and take this class anytime during 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.

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 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays 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