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Birthing Education And Support

Information and Classes at McLaren Bay Region

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Birthing Education Classes and Information

(989) 894-3935 - Prenatal Education & Outpatient Lactation Support

Pregnancy Through Toddler Classes offered include:

Baby Class for Big Kids

For older siblings ages 3-8 who are expecting a new baby at home

Content includes information about fetal development; newborns; getting used to this new addition to the family; sibling safety; & older siblings role.

Class includes a puppet show, game, hands on with dolls, craft, snack, and a tour of the nursery.

Boot Camp for New Dads

For first time dads, taught by dads

A program offered at McLaren Bay Region, soon-to-be dads and new dads have an outlet in which they can express their fears and frustrations, learn baby care tips from other dads, and gain firsthand knowledge about diapering, swaddling, and bottle-feeding.

(visit the National Boot Camp Headquarters at: )

Breastfeeding Class

For expectant mothers and their support person who are considering breastfeeding their baby.

This is a 3-hour class designed to help new mothers become more comfortable with breastfeeding. Issues discussed include the benefits of breastfeeding, how to use a breast pump, the best way to encourage babies to breastfeed, and purchasing a quality breast pump.

For more information about breastfeeding, call the Bay County Breastfeeding Coalition at (989) 895-4002.

Childbirth Education classes

Preparation for Labor and Delivery

Childbirth education reduces anxiety and provides the mother and her support person with techniques and suggestions to promote the kind of birth experience they desire. All patients who will be giving birth at McLaren Bay Region are strongly encouraged to sign up for the appropriate class.

Classes include:

Childbirth Class 4-Week Series

This class covers labor and birth, various coping strategies, including natural and medication options. Attendees will also learn about Cesarean birth, Postpartum, and receive a tour of McLaren's Family BirthPlace.

Class 3 of this series is devoted to the newborn and includes baby care basics, info on newborn development, appearance and behaviors, hospital routine, feedings, diapering, soothing fussy babies and safety. A certified infant carseat safety technician will be available for Q & A.

Childbirth Weekend Cram Session

This class covers labor and birth, various coping strategies, including natural and medication options. Attendees will also learn about Cesarean birth, Postpartum, and receive a tour of McLaren's Family BirthPlace.

Breastfeeding Class

This class is for expectant mothers who wish to have more information on breastfeeding.

Special Requests

Cesarean Class, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, and Labor & Delivery Refresher Class

Infant/Child CPR First Aid Classes

For parents wishing to learn these skills. Format taken from infant/child section of "Family and Friends" curriculum.

Classes specific for grandparents is also offered. Call (989) 894-3935 for more details.

Additional information includes:

  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Pregnant Videos

To get details on dates or times for a Childbirth Education Class click on Classes & Events and select Childbirth EducationTo register call (877) 411-2762.  For questions regarding classes call (989) 894-3935.

Support and Support Groups

Lactation Line For answers to your breastfeeding questions/concerns, call our Lactation Consultant at 989-894-3935

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Precious Reflections Support Group is a group of parents and professionals committed to supporting bereaved parents that have experienced a pregnancy loss through miscarriages, stillbirth, or infant death, through sharing thoughts an feelings on a one to one basis and in monthly meetings. The group also seeks to educate and inform the public about pregnancy and infant loss. For more information, click here.

Mood Changes After Your Baby's Birth

In the Hospital
New mothers who deliver a baby at McLaren Bay Region complete a Postpartum Depression Risk Assessment screening before going home. Postpartum Depression is highly treatable, and we want to ensure that no woman leaves the hospital without support, education and follow-up care.

After You Go Home

Please remember that postpartum depression is a real medical illness. By sharing your feelings with a professional, you can access the special support you may need during this challenging time.