Family Birthplace of MMC Classes

Thank you for your interest in discovering what classes the Family Birthplace of MMC has to offer. The Family Birthplace provides complimentary on-going classes including Childbirth for First Time Parents, Breastfeeding Class, and Infant Massage. In collaboration with Spot Wellness we will offer Prenatal and Mother & me yoga classes for a nominal fee.

Childbirth Class:
The Childbirth class is designed to be an overview of what you can expect during your labor and delivery at the Family Birthplace of MMC and how you and your partner can prepare for the birth of your baby. The class is taught by our own, experienced labor and delivery nurses, so you can feel confident you are learning some of the most up to date information. Topics covers throughout the class include:

  • Understanding and dealing with the changes and discomforts of the third trimester of pregnancy
  • What to expect during labor, and how to know when it is starting
  • When and how to call the hospital
  • What to bring to the hospital
  • Different non-medical ways to cope with the discomforts of labor
  • How your labor support person can help
  • How to have a low intervention birth in a hospital based setting
  • Birth plans – what they are and how to develop and individualize your own
  • Medical interventions (including pain medication for labor). What they are, and why/when they might be used
  • Newborn care
  • Care of the new mother
  • Tour of the Family Birthplace of MMC.

We will cover topics with a variety of learning styles, including videos, discussions, and demonstrations. We’ll even try some hands on exercises to help you better understand how to labor effectively. Whether you want to have a medication/intervention-free labor, or an epidural as soon as possible, our ultimate goal is to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to give you tools and knowledge, and to empower you to personalize and individualize your labor and delivery in the hospital setting.

To view the upcoming schedule and register, please click here.

Breastfeeding Class:
Our breastfeeding class covers all aspects of breastfeeding, with a focus on answering your personal questions.

To view the upcoming class schedule and learn more about the IBCLC, click here.

Infant Massage Class:
Infant massage classes are a fun way to learn how to soothe your baby, relieve tummy upsets, and learn to understand your baby’s non-verbal language and much, much more. Our classes are informal, relaxed, and small enough to ensure you get the personal attention you need.

Infant massage is simple, easy to learn and effective! Join the parents that have experience the joy and benefits that infant massage has to offer! The easiest way to learn to massage your baby is with the help of a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI). The strokes and styles of massage are easier to grasp when demonstrated by our experienced instructor. Pressure, rate, rhythm, the length of the massage, respect, and bonding, why babies cry, babies’ body language, relaxation, and parent empowerment are some of the skills and topics you will learn.

To view the upcoming class schedule and learn more about the instructor, click here.

Prenatal and Post-delivery Wellness: Prenatal & Mother and Baby Yoga

Prenatal Yoga: Through yoga, a woman can prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for giving birth and becoming a mother. Moms-to-be are led through a wide range of poses adapted to the ever-changing pregnant body, preparing her for labor and motherhood, as well as helping alleviate some of the discomforts of pregnancy. Yoga helps a woman tap into her inner wisdom which is her best guide through pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Details of prenatal yoga classes HERE.

Mother & Baby Yoga: This is a yoga class for mothers and their non-mobile babies, (6 weeks-1 year), which is both challenging and relaxing. It addresses postpartum conditions such as back strain, weak abdominal wall and pelvic floor, tight shoulders, sleeplessness and stress. It helps women regain strength, as well as adapt and grow in their new role as mother. It is an opportunity to nourish that profound bond with baby.

These classes are available to new moms and their babies.

On-Site education

As you recover from delivery, the nursing staff will begin providing you with extensive education in the care of you and your newborn. All new families receive individualized mom and baby care instructions. Because we know just how overwhelming being a new parent is, all of our education material is written out in an easy to follow printed form for you to take home. We also have the on demand Newborn Channel for you to view.

Some of the topics covered during your time at MMC include:

  • Bathing and diapering of your baby
  • Breast and bottle feeding
  • Taking baby’s temperature and signals for illness
  • Safety
  • Postpartum Depression and Baby Blues
  • “Back to Sleep” or SIDS awareness
  • Prevention of Shaken-Baby-Syndrome