Childbirth and Parenting

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. 

Register online and get started now.

Complimentary On-Site Follow-Up Class:

 Tues, May 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m
 Tues, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fee: $10

 

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 by mail with an access code.

Register online and get started now

Fee: $10

 

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 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

No session on December 24, 2019, December 31, 2019 and April 7, 2020.

 

Fee
: 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.

Tues, May 26 and Thurs, May 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tues, June 23 and Thurs, June 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tues, July 28 and Thurs, July 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fee: $70, Insurance billed; Medicaid covered



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.

Fee
: Free

 

Fit4Baby

Workouts taught by a certified instructor using the most up-to-date research and guidelines on prenatal fitness.  Movements are scientifically based and purposeful, and accommodating to mom's changing body. Dress comfortably for exercise.

Wed, June 3 to July 8, 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. 

Tues, June 2, 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.  

Thurs, May 14, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wed, July 15, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Fee: $15 

 

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, June 29, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Fee
: $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, May 18, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Mon, July 13, 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.

 The group meets each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

No session on December 24, 2019, December 31, 2019 and April 7, 2020.


Fee
: Free

For more information, call 616.748.8722.

 

If you think you might be experiencing postpartum depression symptoms our licensed social workers and support group can help.