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Expectant Parent Program

What You Need To Know 

planned-parentingPreparing for Childbirth Series

This class was designed to teach first-time parents what to expect during the birth of their baby. A series of three classes cover relaxation and breathing techniques, the physiology of labor and deliver, Cesarean birth, care of newborns, breast and bottle feeding and postpartum care. This course includes a tour of the Birth Place. One night of this series will focus on issues unique to fathers and mothers. This class is recommended to be taken during the third trimester of pregnancy. Pre-registration is required.

Breastfeeding Class for Moms and Dads

Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for your baby, and is a special opportunity for moms and babies to bond. Taught by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, this class will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, correct latch-on, position techniques, assessing your baby’s intake/output, feeding cues, breast pumps, going back to work, and weaning. Take this class before the birth of your baby. Bring a doll or teddy bear to class. Class is held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. There is a $30 fee for this class. Call (269) 556-2808 to register. For more information, call (269) 927-5355

Welcome Baby Class

This single class, designed for siblings and their families, is held in two parts. Part one acquaints children with the BirthPlace and assists families in preparing for the new baby. Part two is for children who are planning to be present at the birth of their new sibling and helps prepare them for the sights and sounds of childbirth. Pre-registration is required.

All classes are held in both St. Joseph and Niles. For more information, call (269) 927-5355
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