Childbirth and Parenting

Breastfeeding Support Group

The early weeks of breastfeeding can be challenging. Come with your baby and receive expert help from certified breastfeeding counselors and RN's from the Family Birth Center. Sleepy babies, burping, pumping and returning to work are some of the topics discussed. Surrounded by other moms and babies, you will gain confidence in breastfeeding. You are welcome to attend during pregnancy. These free weekly group sessions meet in the DeWitt Professional Building adjacent to the hospital.  

Registration is not required and arrival time is flexible. Free parking. If you have questions, please call 616.748.2834.

The group meets each Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. No session on April 2, 2019, December 24, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Tuesday, Weekly 1 p.m. to  2 p.m.

: Free

Childbirth for New Parents: On-Site Class

Expectant parents in the third trimester learn stages of labor, relaxation, breathing and comfort measures. Class is taught by certified childbirth instructors. Two pillows and a large towel are required for floor exercises. Tour of the Family Birth Center included.
Click on your desired date/time to register.
Tue, Dec 3 and Thurs, Dec 5 6p.m. - 9 p.m.

: $70, Insurance billed; Medicaid covered

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 a booklet by mail with an access code. When you’ve completed the course, you’re encouraged to attend a two-hour follow-up class 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.

Upon completion of the follow up class, you will receive an access code and another booklet for Mother and New Baby Care, a web-based program that features dozens of short videos and information that explains and shows what to expect in those first few weeks after you bring baby home, including breastfeeding education. Your registration includes Understanding Birth online class access for six months, an in-person follow-up class and a second online program: Mother and New Baby Care which has online access for six months.

Register online and get started now.

Complimentary On-Site Follow-Up Class:
Sat, Nov 9, 2019  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Fee: $10

Family Birth Center Tour

See what our Family Birth Center has to offer! Call 616.772.7530 to schedule a time for your personalized tour.

: Free


Workouts taught by a certified instructor using the most up-to-date research and guidelines on prenatal fitness. Movements are not only scientifically based and purposeful, but are accommodating to a mom's changing body. Dress comfortably for exercise.  Class minimum of six needed to hold the class.

Weds Oct 16 to Nov 20, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $70

Infant 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 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. 

Tue, October 8 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tue, December 10 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fee: Free

Infant Massage

Taught by an RN, 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. 
Fee: $15 

Thurs, Sept 19 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wed, Nov 6 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Introduction to Breastfeeding

Taught by a certified breastfeeding RN counselor, this class will teach expectant parents about breastfeeding positions, correct latch, techniques, nutrition and solutions to common problems. Six months of access to online breastfeeding education included. Parents are welcome to attend anytime during pregnancy.

Mon, Oct 21, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Mon, Dec 9, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

: $20 per person or couple

Mommy’s Having a Baby

Children ages two to six learn about having a new brother or sister. Includes a goody bag and a Family Birth Center tour.

Click on your desired date/time to register.

Mon, Nov 11, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Fee: $5

Postpartum Adjustment Support Group

One in five women experience postpartum depression. The Postpartum Adjustment Support Group is here to help. This group is offered in collaboration with Pine Rest and is facilitated by licensed social workers.  These free weekly group sessions meet in the DeWitt Professional Building adjacent to the hospital.  

Registration is not required and arrival time is flexible. Free parking.

Monday, Weekly 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

: Free

For more information, call 616.748.8722.