The birth of a baby is an amazing experience that touches every part of your family's life. And the better prepared you and your family are, the better you will be able to care for your baby’s needs.
The Stork Club of Allegiance Health is a unique program focused on helping families learn more about pregnancy, childbirth, baby care and postpartum care.
We also offer classes for Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, Super Sibs (for brothers- and sisters-to-be) and New Dads. We even have a Grandparent Gathering to help grandma and grandpa learn how childbirth has changed. During the Gathering we offer an opportunity to discuss a grandparent’s role in caring for the new addition to the family.
Classes are offered evenings and Saturday daytime hours. For registration, class fees and other questions, please call the Stork Club at (517) 788-4954. See class schedule.
This course is comparable to the traditional childbirth preparation series, commonly known as Lamaze classes. This series includes Birth Experience and the After Delivery classes described below. This series may be covered by insurance. Check with your personal insurance provider.
This course provides the best preparation available when it comes to labor and birth. It is a must for all expectant mothers and their support person. It's proven to be a nice refresher course for experienced moms, too. Recommended during your third trimester.
This course is highly recommended to help mom and dad prepare for the postpartum experience and normal newborn care. Class I topics include: Safe sleep, breast and bottle feeding, infection control and knowing when to call the doctor. Class II includes car seat safety and a tour of the birthing center.
A series of 6 classes that will focus on preparation for a holistic childbirth experience that address the following topics and more:
- Normal pregnancy changes – fetal growth and development/ABC’s of pregnancy changes/comforts and discomforts of pregnancy/ precautions during pregnancy/ preterm labor/signs of labor/
- An in depth section on labor management without the use of medications–with a strong focus on breathing/relaxation techniques and comfort measures
- The birthing experience – labor progress including vaginal and cesarean births (should it become necessary)
- What to expect after delivery – postpartum and newborn care/safe sleep/when to call baby’s doctor
- Breastfeeding basics – preparation for breastfeeding your baby
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. Dads or support persons are encouraged to participate.
Taught by a veteran dad, this class shares everything the new father needs to know. “The Super Dad Special” helps to prepare the expectant and/or new father for mom and baby care.
Expectant grandparents need information on current labor and delivery care, and new mom and baby care. Learn what’s new since you were a parent.
This class is recommended for children ages 3 to 9 and their parents to help prepare for the arrival of their new sibling. Tips about how to include the new brother or new sister in preparations for the baby’s arrival, discussion about coping with the changes that will take place in the home, and a hospital tour are included.
Special arrangements may be made for individual, in-home or office pre-natal instructions due to special circumstances. Please call for rates or for more information.