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. Exceptions: No session on April 3, July 3 and December 25, 2018.
Childbirth for New Parents: On-Site Class
Tue, Jul 31 and Thu, Aug 2 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 15 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tue, Oct 23 and Thu, Oct 25 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tue, Dec 4 and Thu, Dec 6 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fee: $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.
Family Birth Center Tour
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 Aug 14 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tue Sep 11 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tue Oct 9 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tue Nov 13 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tue Dec 11 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Introduction to Breastfeeding
Fee: $20 per person or couple
Mommy’s Having a Baby
Postpartum Adjustment Support Group