Pregnancy and Childbirth Education & Support
Planning and preparing for the birth of a baby is a special time in a family’s life. It is also a time of great change. To help you prepare for the transition from pregnancy to parenting, Bronson offers a wide variety of classes and programs throughout the year as well as classes designed specifically for moms-to be, first-time dads, siblings and grandparents.
More women choose the Bronson BirthPlace for the delivery of their newborn than any other hospital is southwest or south central Michigan. Our team’s goal is to help you to be as prepared as possible for when your new baby arrives, so you feel confident and ready to take on the world as a parent and growing family.
Patient Education for New Parents and Caregivers
If you’re a new parent or caregiver of babies born at the Bronson BirthPlace, here is a great resource on what you’ll need to know. You’ll find information on the Newborn Channel on how to prepare for your baby, breastfeeding, child safety, circumcision, development and so much more. All video transcripts are available in English and Spanish.
Comprehensive Pregnancy and Childbirth Educational Classes
Whether you are a first-time-parent, a grandparent or anyone in between, we have a class for you. To learn the basics or take part in an open discussion on how childcare has changed over the years, you can find a class or support group perfect for your needs at Bronson. After all, we are a leader in the care of pregnant women and newborn babies.
We offer fee-based classes in both Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Unless otherwise noted, many classes encourage moms-to-be to bring the father or another support member along to class with you. Medicare is available for several classes, if financial assistance is required.
Prepare your family for the birth of your child, from pregnancy to labor and delivery. Topics covered include relaxation and breathing techniques, pain relief and skills to cope with discomfort during pregnancy and childbirth, and the postpartum experience. In this class you will also receive a tour of Bronson BirthPlace.
New parents, grandparents and caregivers learn baby care, including nurturing, bathing, feeding, immunizing, travel and car safety, infant CPR and more.
In this one-day-class, moms-to-be learn the basics and benefits of breastfeeding, as well as tips for the first days in the hospital, establishing a milk supply, medications, nutrition, problem-solving and returning to work.
Boot Camp for New Dads
A class designed specifically for first-time dads. In this male-only class, new dads will learn from experienced fathers who have supported moms-to-be through birth and the time that follows. They will build confidence and to prepare for the joys of fatherhood.
Bronson BirthPlace Tour
Come see why more women in southwest and south central Michigan choose to have their children at Bronson. Attend one of our personally guided tours of the Bronson Birthplace, including our all-private, spacious family birthing suites and the obstetrics floor. Watch the Bronson Birthplace online tour now.
Massage and More
Moms-to-be and their support systems learn about proper positioning and massage techniques to help ease the discomforts of pregnancy and labor. Massage can be especially helpful for moms who have had a cesarean and are planning a vaginal birth for their next child.
Online Prenatal Education
Your time is very important to you. If you are unable to attend childbirth education classes through Bronson, you can participate in a web-based program instead. The class includes a booklet and covers childbirth, breastfeeding and childcare, and is available in English and Spanish. For information call (269) 341-7521.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)
There are several delivery and healing process differences between a vaginal and a cesarean birth. If you previously delivered a child through a cesarean section and now plan to give birth vaginally, this class can help you prepare for the birthing process and the changes you will undergo.
Adventures in Multiples
Learning that you are expecting more than one baby can be both exciting and overwhelming. Learn the joys and challenges of a multiple pregnancy from a mother of twins who is also an obstetrics nurse. Some of the topics covered include the challenges of a multiple pregnancy, delivery and bring babies home, as well as coping skills and resources.
Starting Together Siblings Class
Having a new baby in the house can require a lot of changes for siblings. In this class designed specifically for children between ages 3 and 10, siblings will learn about having a new baby at home. They will learn how to hold a baby safely, how to help mom and dad care for the baby, where mom will have the baby and more.
Pregnancy Water Fitness
Meet other moms-to-be and stay active during your pregnancy in this no-impact exercise class for expecting mothers. This weekly class is held at Bronson Athletic Club.
Pregnancy Yoga Fitness
Low impact mind-body routines will help you stay fit and at-ease during your pregnancy. In addition to staying active, you’ll get to meet other moms-to-be. This weekly class is held at Bronson Athletic Club.
Designed by a pediatrician, this two-day class teaches preteens, ages 11 to 13, how to be safe sitters. They will learn the importance of their role, stressing that they are responsible for the life, health and safety of the children in their care. They will learn about childcare, behavior management, handling medical emergencies, hands-on basic life-saving techniques, the business of baby-sitting, safety, security, child development and age-appropriate activities.
Network with other parents and share the joys and trials of caring for a new baby. This weekly support group for parents and caregivers is also a play group for infants up to one-year-old.
Network with other parents and share the joys and trials of caring for a toddler. This weekly support group for parents and caregivers is also a play group for toddlers, from one- to three-years-old.