Childbirth and Parenting
Breastfeeding Support Group
Just because breastfeeding is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s always easy—especially in the beginning. This is true for both first-time moms and seasoned ones. The good news is Spectrum Health offers several resources to help you be successful in breastfeeding your baby. Sleepy babies, burping, pumping and returning to work are some of the topics discussed. These free weekly group sessions meet each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
All in-person classes follow safety guidelines and may have limited capacity. Social distancing and wearing masks are required. Please enter through the main entrance for COVID screening.
Virtual Breastfeeding Support: Specialty Telemedicine
Using your mobile device or desktop from the comfort of your home, you can talk to a lactation peer counselor through a live video connection. She will guide and coach you through any struggles you may be experiencing. Call the lactation scheduling line at 616-391-9437. A lactation staff member will schedule a visit that will be convenient for you. No affiliation with Spectrum Health is required. There is no cost for Specialty Telemedicine lactation consults.
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 two booklets, Understanding Birth and Understanding Mother and Baby Care by mail with an access code. When you’ve completed the course, you’re encouraged to attend a two-hour follow-up class (depending on the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic), 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.
Tues, Aug 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Childbirth: Online Education- Spanish Version
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 in Spanish by mail containing an access code to view the online education entirely in Spanish.
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Childbirth for New Parents: On-Site Class
Fee: $84, Insurance billed; Medicaid covered
Family Birth Center Tour
Infant Car Seat Safety: Virtual
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! Each family that attends this class will receive a voucher for a discounted convertible car seat. If you already have your car seat, please bring it to class. If not, you will receive education on how to choose an appropriate car seat.
Infant Massage: Virtual
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.
Introduction to Breastfeeding
Postpartum Support Group: Virtual
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling anxious/irritable/frustrated; “little things set you off”
- Frequent crying and feeling sad
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please know that you are not alone. Spectrum Health offers a free, virtual support group during the COVID-19 outbreak for new mothers who are experiencing unexpected and challenging emotions in the early months of parenthood. This is a virtual postpartum support group.
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you think you might be experiencing postpartum depression symptoms our licensed social workers and support group can help.