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.

Tues, May 11, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tues, May 18, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tues, May 25, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tues, June 1, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tues, June 8, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Fee: Free  


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. 

Register online and get started now.

Complimentary On-Site Follow-Up Class:  

Tues, Aug 10, 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 in Spanish by mail containing an access code to view the online education entirely in Spanish. 

Register and get started now

Fee: $10  


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 18 and Thurs, May 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tues, June 15 and Thurs, June 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tues, July 13 and Thurs, July 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fee: $84, 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.

: Free

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.   

Tues, May 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tues, June 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tues, July 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fee: Free


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.   

Thurs, May 6, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wed, July 14, 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, May 24, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

Mon, July 19, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $20 per person or couple 


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.

Register and get started

Fee: Free



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