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Birth Center Classes and Tours

Classes to Help You Prepare

Whether you're a first timer or an experienced parent, Mercy Health Saint Mary's offers a variety of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting classes to prepare you for the arrival of your new baby.

Classes offered include:

Birth Center Tours

Comprehensive Childbirth Education

Online Childbirth Education

Sibling Preparation

Infant and Child CPR

Basic Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding Support Services Outpatient Lactation Clinic

There's no better time than now to prepare for your new arrival.
If you're interested in signing up for a class, call the Centralized Scheduling office at 616-685-4000 Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. or Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you have questions, please call Jamey in the Family Education Office at 616-685-5668 or email kageyj@mercyhealth.com.

Most classes are held at the Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus in the Wege Building at 300 Lafayette. Convenient, free, covered and lighted parking is located in the Wege Center parking lot. Classes are located on the first floor (take the north, right side elevator down to floor one). For the Tuesday evening tours, please meet on the 9th floor of the main hospital, in The Birth Center. Other classes as noted below are held at Mercy Health Southwest, 2373 64th Street SW, Byron Center.

CLICK HERE to view the entire 2015 Birthing Class Schedule as a printable document >

Birth Center Tours
We welcome you to take a tour of our Birth Center. Come meet our staff, learn about our programs and services, visit the nursery, tour a private birthing room, and learn about our neonatal unit.
When: Tours are offered on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. No registration is required in advance, we invite you to just show up and meet on the 9th floor of the main hospital.
Where: Please meet on the 9th floor of the main hospital  Map & Directions
Cost: No Cost or Registration 
Please Note: Comprehensive Childbirth and Sibling Classes include a tour during scheduled class times.

Comprehensive Childbirth Education
Comprehensive Childbirth Education is offered in a four week series or a full one day class on Saturday. This class will incorporate information on the last trimester, signs of labor and when to call your physician or midwife, labor and delivery, comfort measures and positions, breathing and relaxation techniques, and new parent information. This class includes a tour of our Birth Center.
Cost: $80.00*

Saturday Comprehensive Childbirth Education Classes, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus  Map & Directions
Location: Wege Building, Room 1-2-3 or 7/9 if noted

January 10, 2015 (Wege 7/9) May 2, 2015 October 3, 2015
January 31, 2015 (Wege 7/9) May 30, 2015 November 14, 2015
February 14, 2015 June 6, 2015 December 5, 2015
February 28, 2015 June 20, 2015
March 7, 2015 August 8, 2015
April 4, 2015 September 12, 2015
April 18, 2015 September 26, 2015

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Four Week Monday or Tuesday Night Comprehensive Childbirth Education Classes, 7–9 p.m.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus  Map & Directions
Location: Wege Building, Rooms 1-2-3 or 7/9 or the Lacks Grand room. 

January 2015Mondays
January 5 (Lacks Grand)
January 12 (Lacks Grand)
January 19 (Lacks Grand)
January 26 (Lacks Grand)
February 2015Tuesdays
February 3 (Wege 1-2-3)
February 10 (Wege 1-2-3)
February 17 (Wege 1-2-3)
February 24 (Wege 1-2-3)
April 2015Mondays
April 6 (Lacks Grand)
April 13 (Lacks Grand)
April 20 (Lacks Grand)
April 27 (Lacks Grand)
June 2015–Mondays
June 8 (Lacks Grand)
June 15 (Lacks Grand)
June 22 (Lacks Grand)
June 29 (Lacks Grand)
August 2015–Tuesdays
August 4 (Wege 1-2-3)
August 11 (Wege 1-2-3)
August 18 (Wege 1-2-3)
August 25 (Wege 1-2-3) 
October 2015–Mondays
October 5 (Lacks Grand)
October 12 (Lacks Grand)
October 19 (Lacks Grand)
October 26 (Lacks Grand)
November 2015–Tuesdays
November 3 (Wege 1-2-3)
November 10 (Wege 1-2-3)
November 17 (Wege 1-2-3)
November 24 (Wege 1-2-3)

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Online Childbirth Education
Mercy Health Saint Mary's is pleased to offer an Online Childbirth Education class. The program is an alternative for those parents who cannot attend conventional childbirth classes due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints. The online class is an interactive, web-based program that includes animated illustrations and videos. It can be viewed on a PC or a Mac. (High speed internet is advised, dial-up will work; however, it will take longer to download). Once you have registered for the class, you will be contacted within the next two business days to complete the registration and obtain the access code needed for the online class. The access code provided will be good for six weeks starting from the time you first log on.

Cost: $80.00

Please click on the Register link below to sign up for the class.

If you have questions, please call Jamey in the Family Education Office at 616-685-5668 or email kageyj@mercyhealth.com.

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Sibling Preparation
This class introduces the three to nine year-old to the changes that will occur with the addition of a new baby to the family. A parent is also required to attend. Please have each child bring a doll or stuffed animal to practice diapering and holding baby.
A tour of the birthing center is included in the class.
Cost: $15.00

Sibling Preparation on Tuesdays, 6:30–8 p.m.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus  Map & Directions
Location: Wege Building, Room 11 or 14

  • February 10, 2015 (Wege 11)
  • April 21, 2015 (Wege 14)
  • June 2, 2015 (Wege 14)
  • August 4, 2015 (Wege 11)
  • October 6, 2015 (Wege 11)
  • December 15, 2015 (Wege 14)

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Infant & Child CPR
This course is for parents and grandparents. Course includes discussion and demonstration of infant and child CPR, management of the choking infant & child, rescue breathing, and hands-on practice. We follow the American Heart "pediatric chain of survival," including injury prevention tips. This is not a certification class.
Cost: $15.00 per person

Infant & Child CPR Class
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus  Map & Directions
Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Wege Building, Room 7/9 unless otherwise noted

  • January 13, 2015 
  • February 3, 2015 
  • April 21, 2015
  • May 5, 2015 
  • June 2, 2015
  • September 15, 2015
  • October 13, 2015
  • November 3, 2015 (Wege 14)

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Basic Breastfeeding Classes**
Instructor will guide parents-to-be on why to breastfeed, advantages of breastfeeding, positioning of mom and baby, and how to tell your baby is getting enough to eat. Please bring a doll to practice correct positioning of baby. Class offers suggestions on the pumping and storage of breast milk, choosing equipment and practical advice on retuning to the workplace.
Cost: $15.00 per person

Basic Breastfeeding Classes on Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus  Map & Directions
Location: Wege Building, Rooms 1-2-3 or the Lacks Grand room

  • January 13, 2015 (Lacks Grand)
  • March 3, 2015 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • May 12, 2015 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • July 14, 2015 (Lacks Grand)
  • September 15, 2015 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • November 10, 2015 (Lacks Grand)

Basic Breastfeeding Classes on Thursdays, 7–9 p.m.
Mercy Health Southwest, 2373 64th Street SW, Byron Center  Map & Directions
Location: Grand Conference Room

  • February 17, 2015
  • April 7, 2015
  • June 9, 2015
  • August 11, 2015
  • October 13, 2015
  • December 8, 2015

** Breastfeeding Support Group and Outpatient Lactation Clinic available: see below.

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Breastfeeding Support Group
Available to nursing moms looking for breastfeeding support after delivery of baby. Bring your baby and ask questions or seek assistance with feedings. Pregnant mothers are welcome to attend to get a feel for the group prior to delivery. The support group is led by the Lactation Support Team.

  • Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m. (Wege Building, Room 11 – sign will direct to room)
  • Fridays, 3–4:30 p.m. (Wege Building, Room 11 except July 17, 2015 in Wege 8 – sign will direct to room)

Breastfeeding Support Services Outpatient Lactation Clinic
Women who require follow-up breastfeeding interventions may schedule an outpatient visit with the lactation consultant. These appointments may be made based on a physician or self-referral. To schedule an appointment call 616-685-5602 and leave a message for the lactation consultant. (If you have already scheduled an appointment, you can call 616-685-4000, option 2 for pre-registration). 

* Medicaid approved classes.

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