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 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

*Due to COVID-19, support groups will not be in session on-site until further notice. 

 
Fee: Free

 

Breastfeeding Support Group: Virtual

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.  We are now offering an online option as a way to receive expert help from certified breastfeeding counselors and RN's from the Family Birth Center from the comfort of your home. Sleepy babies, burping, pumping and returning to work are some of the topics discussed. These free weekly group sessions meet in a virtual setting each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Register and get started

Fee: Free

 

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. 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tues, Nov. 17, 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, Aug 25 and Thurs, Aug 27, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tues, Sept 29 and Thurs, Oct 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sat. Nov 7, 9 a.m. to 3 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
 

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, Aug 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tues, Oct 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, Sept 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wed, Nov 18, 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, Aug 31, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Mon, Oct 5, 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.

Register and get started

Fee: Free

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.

*Due to COVID-19, support groups will not be in session on-site until further notice.  For additional support, please refer to https://www.pinerest.org/resource/postpartum-depression-anxiety/


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.

 

Prenatal Yoga - Free Video Sessions available on YouTube

Due to the cancellation of our in-person prenatal yoga classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, for a limited time we are offering free video prenatal yoga sessions!

Join Spectrum Health Prenatal Educator and certified prenatal yoga instructor, Jennie Kishbaugh for prenatal yoga sessions in the comfort of your home. These sessions are designed to help you prepare your body and mind for labor. All skill levels are welcome.

Videos will be uploaded to Spectrum Health’s YouTube channel. To view the first prenatal yoga class, use this link https://youtu.be/3kq1WfcugXw then subscribe to Spectrum Health on YouTube to receive notifications when more videos are available!

 

Understanding Breastfeeding, Understanding Infant & Child Safety, and Understanding Your Infant: Additional Online Options

Spectrum Health Healthier Communities is happy to provide online pregnancy and childbirth classes at a discounted rate during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Register and get started now

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