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Family BirthPlace - McLaren Bay Region

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Family BirthPlace - McLaren Bay Region 1900 Columbus Ave.
Bay City, MI 48706
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About Us

Your Stay at The Family BirthPlace at McLaren Bay Region

Our unit is designed with quality, safety, and comfort in mind. For those women experiencing childbirth, birthing occurs in large friendly rooms with a choice of a tub or shower. The expert staff cares for laboring women using the latest technology along with the highest standards of care and compassion.

For those undergoing surgical procedures a private room in soothing colors is offered to assist in a restful and private recovery.

OB Pre-Admission Program

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You will need to Pre-Register in the Admitting Department at either East or West Campus of McLaren Bay Region, at your convenience, sometime before 36 weeks of pregnancy. The Admitting Department will make a copy of your insurance card and have you sign a few forms relating to your pending hospital stay.

Shortly after you have completed the Pre-Registration process, you will receive a phone call from PPS (Pre-Procedure Screening). You will be asked a number of questions that will inform us of any special preferences you may have for your pending hospital stay, as well as obtain pertinent information about your medical history. This phone call will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Obtaining this information from you ahead of time provides important information to the nurses, and saves time in the event that you are not up to answering these detailed questions when you arrive at the hospital.

Birthing Education Classes and Information - Pregnancy Through Toddler

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.

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 Birthh

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.

Safety Recalls on Baby Products

Other locations for this service

3175 W. Professional Drive (off Midland Road)
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: (989) 667-3377
621 Court St., Suite 102
West Branch, MI 48661
Phone: (989) 667-3377


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