Birthing/Breastfeeding/Baby Care Classes

Whether you’re expectant parents for the first time or the fifth, we offer multiple Family Life Education classes to help you prepare for life with a baby. We believe the birth experience is shared by the entire family, and many classes are available to prepare you for a positive experience.

We recommend you register early as our classes fill up quickly. Hearing impaired assistance provided upon request.

Questions regarding our classes can be directed to the following people:

DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital

Delicia Shimkoski
(313) 745-0203, beeper #92759
To register for a class, call 1-888-DMC-2500.

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital

Cindy Willer
(248) 937-3619
cwiller@dmc.org

Class 1 (Pre-Pregnancy through 16 weeks of pregnancy)

For women who are planning a pregnancy or newly pregnant. Learn about nutrition, healthy activities and more, including a tour of the Harris Birthing Center at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

Day/Time: First Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Cost: Free

Register Here

Class 2 (16-30 weeks of pregnancy)

For pregnant women in the middle of their pregnancy, this class offers tips to reduce discomfort, discuss joys and ask questions/share concerns.

Day/Time: Second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Cost: Free

Register Here

Birth Awareness (last trimester)

This class prepares you and your partner to participate in the birthing process. Learn what to expect, including information on relaxation and comfort techniques, and medical interventions such as epidural. This class occurs once a week for 2-3 consecutive weeks.

Day/Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings and Saturdays
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Cost: $65, includes mother and support person

Register Here

Childbirth Education Class (after 20 weeks of pregnancy)

Classes are for expectant moms and dads. Classes cover anatomy & physiology of pregnancy (what’s happening to you during pregnancy), what to expect in labor, exercises and breathing techniques, medications and equipment, non-medical comfort techniques, your labor champion, various procedures that might happen in labor and a hospital tour.

Please bring 2 pillows and a blanket and wear comfortable clothing to class. A bag lunch is also recommended, or plan to use on-site restaurants or the Harper/Hutzel Cafeteria.

Day/Time: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2016 dates: April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
Location: DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Webber Building #2249
Cost: $65, includes mother and support person
Registration is required, call 1-888-DMC-2500.
Pay at the cashier's office.

Bringing Baby Home/Infant Care Class

This class offers a close look at the newborn, including behavior, nutrition, hygiene and dress. Safety issues such as signs of sickness, car seat safety, response to choking and rescue breathing also are included. Registration cost includes mother and one support person.

If attending the DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital session, please bring a newborn-size doll and baby blanket to class.

Day/Time: One-time class offered in the evenings and on Saturdays.
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Cost: $25, includes mother and support person

Register Here

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2016 dates: May 10, July 12, September 13, November 15
Location: DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Webber Building #2249
Cost: $30, includes mother and support person
Registration is required, call 1-888-DMC-2500.
Pay at the cashier's office.

CPR

Covers choking for all ages, focusing on infants. You will receive hands-on knowledge and practice to prepare you if an emergency happens. Ages 12 years and up.

Day/Time: One-time class offered on Wednesday evenings.
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Cost: $25 per couple
(if registering for more than two people, call (248) 937-3619)

Birth Review

If you have had a baby within the past two or three years, this class is tailored to meet your needs. In one 2 ½-hour session, you’ll review labor breathing techniques, birth, relaxation, visualization and how to deal with siblings.

To register for this class and for fees, call (248) 937-3619.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is “natural” but not easy in the first few weeks after birth. This class offers strategies for comfort and success, from getting started to returning to work.

If attending the DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital session, please bring a newborn-size doll and baby blanket to class.

If delivering at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, cradle-side service offers breast pump rental, supplies and sales. Call (248) 937-3800 for more information.

Day/Time: Tuesday evenings
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Cost: $25, includes mother and support person

Register Here

Day/Time: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
2016 dates: March 3, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 7, August 4, September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8
Location: DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Webber Building #2249
Cost: $25, includes mother and support person
Registration is required, call 1-888-DMC-2500.
Pay at the cashier's office.

Big Kids Class

The sudden change from “baby” to big sister or brother takes explaining. Siblings receive an on-the-scene preview of mom’s visit and learn what it all means. Using visual aids and dolls, we’ll show right and wrongs of baby handling and give a clear picture of the important part the siblings will play in their growing family. The average age for attending children is three to eight years old.

Day/Time: One-time class offered the first or second Saturday of each month.
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Cost: $10 per child
Register Here
Sibling Class (4-10 years of age)
Parents must accompany child. Class covers a discussion of the new baby, coloring book, big brother/big sister name tag, what to expect when mom is in the hospital and a tour of a room on the Mother/Baby unit.

Day/Time: Call for dates – classes scheduled on an as needed basis
Location: DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Webber Building #2249
Cost: $10 per family
Registration is required, call 1-888-DMC-2500.
Pay at the cashier's office.

Siblings at Birth

This class is uniquely designed for children who will be present at the birth. With physician approval, the class is for children 12 and older.

To register for this class and for fees, call (248) 937-3619.

Help, understanding, grief support (HUGS)

Pregnancy should be an exciting and hopeful time of anticipation. However, for families who experience the loss of a baby during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after, this time can be bewildering and devastating.

Many people who have not suffered this type of loss will not truly understand your sadness. We understand this, and we encourage all women and their families to seek out support and other resources at the hospital if they feel this can help. Our monthly support group meets monthly in the HUGS room.

Day/Time: Third Thursday of each month from 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, HUGS Room

Spring Planting

Our spring planting is held the beginning of June. An informal get together of parents who have had losses, families meet in the hospital’s memory garden as a place of reflection to plant flowers in memory of their babies. The hospital provides some flowers, but families are welcome to bring their own. Water and cookies are provided; children are welcome. The memory garden is located on the south side of the hospital adjacent to the Karmanos parking lot.

Walk to Remember

This event is held in the beginning of October at the hospital. The walk includes a trip to the memory garden where parents have the chance to reflect and place mementos on the garden’s Mother Tree. There is a balloon release and parents get a rose. Cider and doughnuts provided; children welcome.

Holiday HUGS

This event is held the second week in December in the hospital’s conference center. The group makes ornaments in memory of our sons and daughters. It is a large event where parents have coffee and conversation with families and friends they have met through the years in our support group. Cookies, coffee and tea served.