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Birthing 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:

Birthing Center Tour

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 between 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday or between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday. If you have questions, please call Becky in the Family Education Office at 616-685-6661 or email nautab@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 6 p.m. tours, please meet on the 9th floor of the main hospital, in The Birthing Center. Other classes as noted below are held at Mercy Health Southwest, 2373 64th Street SW, Byron Center.

CLICK HERE to view the entire 2014 schedule as a printable document.

Birthing Center Tour
We welcome you to take a tour of our Birthing 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 every Tuesday at 6 p.m. January 28 tour is CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. Next tour February 4.
Where: Please meet on the 9th floor of the main hospital  Map & Directions
Cost: No Cost
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 Birthing 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

January 25, 2014
January 25 class CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER rescheduled to February 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 3, 2014 October 4, 2014
February 8, 2014 June 7, 2014 November 8, 2014
February 22, 2014 June 21, 2014 November 15, 2014
March 8, 2014 August 2, 2014
April 5, 2014 September 13, 2014
April 19, 2014 September 20, 2014

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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, Rooms 7 & 9 or the Lacks Grand room. 

October 2013
October 5 (Wege 1-2-3)
October 14 (Wege 7 & 9)
October 21 (Wege 1-2-3)
October 28 (Wege 1-2-3)
April 2014
April 8 (Wege 1-2-3)
April 15 (Wege 1-2-3)
April 22 (Wege 7 & 9)
April 29 (Wege 1-2-3)
October 2014
October 6 (Wege 1-2-3)
October 13 (Wege 7 & 9)
October 20 (Wege 1-2-3)
October 27 (Wege 1-2-3)
February 2014
February 3 (Wege 1-2-3)
February 10 (Lacks Grand)
February 17 (Wege 7 & 9)
February 24 (Wege 1-2-3)
June 2014
June 3 (Wege 7 & 9)
June 10 (Wege 1-2-3)
June 17 (Wege 1-2-3)
June 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 Becky in the Family Education Office at 616-685-6661 or email nautab@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, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus  Map & Directions
Location: Wege Building, Rooms 7 & 9 or 11

2014 Schedule:

  • December 10, 2013 (Wege 7 & 9)
  • February 4, 2014 (Wege 11)
  • April 8, 2014 (Wege 11)
  • June 10, 2014 (Wege 11)
  • August 5, 2014 (Wege 11)
  • October 7, 2014 (Wege 11)
  • December 9, 2014 (Wege 11)

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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 1-2-3, 7 & 9 or 14

2014 Schedule:

  • October 15, 2013 (Wege 7 & 9)
  • November 5, 2013 (Wege 7 & 9)
  • February 18, 2014 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • April 15, 2014 (Wege 14)
  • May 13, 2014 (Wege 7 & 9)
  • August 5, 2014 (Wege 7 & 9)
  • October 14, 2014 (Wege 7 & 9)
  • November 4, 2014 (Wege 7 & 9)

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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 7 & 9

2014 Schedule:

  • November 12, 2013 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • January 14, 2014 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • March 4, 2014 (Wege 7 & 9)
  • May 13, 2014 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • July 15, 2014 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • September 16, 2014 (Wege 1-2-3)
  • November 11, 2014 (Wege 1-2-3)

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

2014 Schedule:

  • October 17, 2013
  • December 12, 2013
  • February 20, 2014
  • April 10, 2014
  • June 12, 2014
  • August 14, 2014
  • October 16, 2014
  • December 11, 2014

** Breastfeeding Support Group available.
Mondays, 12:30–2 p.m. (Wege Building, Room 11 – sign will direct to room) 
Fridays, 3–4:30 p.m. (Wege Building, Room 11 except July 18 in Wege 12 – sign will direct to room)

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Breastfeeding Support Group
Available to nursing moms and pregnant moms looking for breastfeeding support prior to delivery. Bring your baby, a stuffed animal or doll to practice correct positioning of baby, or a breast pump. The support group is led by a Certified Lactation Consultant.

  • 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 18 in Wege 12 – 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 register for an appointment, please call 616-685-4000.

* Medicaid approved classes.

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