Classes & Support

Due to COVID-19, we have cancelled many of our classes until further notice. In some cases, classes have been moved to a virtual format. For more information on the virus, go to: uofmhealth.org/coronavirus.

If you think you have the coronavirus, please contact your primary care physician.

Class Listing

Click on the class name for information about each class.

Baby Care Basics

Cancelled through 2020

This class is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, infant stimulation and much, much more. It’s recommended that you take this class at the beginning of your third trimester.

See available dates and register.

Baby Safe

During this two-hour class, members of the Injury Prevention Program will discuss how to create a safe environment for your baby with a special emphasis on infant CPR.

Date/Time

  • Second Monday of the month – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Fourth Saturday of the month – 9 – 11 a.m.

Location

University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
1540 East Hospital Drive
Jones Family Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Class sizes are limited so please call 734-763-2251 to RSVP or to learn more about upcoming class dates and times.

Birth Center Tour

Are you planning to give birth at the Michigan Medicine Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital? While our in-person tours of the birth center have been cancelled, you can take our virtual birth center tour.

Breastfeeding Class

Families meet via Zoom for this two-hour class with a lactation consultant from the Brandon NICU who also staffs the outpatient clinics. The consultant will discuss:

  • Breastfeeding basics (anatomy of breasts, milk types, preparing for breastfeeding, supply and demand, latching techniques, positioning, knowing baby’s hunger cues, making milk, growth spurts, problems that may arise, diet, nipple confusion, risk factors for low milk supply, hand expressing, birth control methods, etc.)
  • Personal breast pumps vs. hospital-grade breast pumps
  • Community and online resources

NOTE: Women typically attend 1–2 months prior to their due date. Dads are encouraged to attend as well.

Meeting dates/times

  • Monday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

Registration

To register, contact Cindy Jones, administrative assistant in the Brandon NICU at 734-232-7898 or ckeeley@med.umich.edu. There is no charge but you will have to provide your email address to receive the Zoom link to participate. Links will be sent out the week before the class.

Infertility Support Groups

It is important to realize that you aren’t alone in your journey. University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine offers a variety of support groups for individuals and couples to support and empower you on your fertility journey.     
  • Monthly Infertility Support Group
    Second Monday of each month, 5:45 pm
    Facilitated by Lesley Farrell, LMSW
  • Pregnancy After Infertility: Managing Stress and Anxiety
    New dates every quarter, call for details
  • Beyond IVF: Looking at Surrogacy, Donor Egg, Adoption and Childfree by Circumstance 
    New dates every quarter, call for details

Infertility Support Group information and registration

MomShare Weekly Meetups

Join us for our new virtual MomShare gatherings! Make friends, learn new skills and share experiences. Commonly discussed topics include:

            - Swaddling and soothing tips
            - Self-care and mood booster strategies
            - Feeding support

We will send out a link to connect to this virtual support group via our MomShare email list. If you are interested in participating and are not currently on our email list, please email lfattori@med.umich.edu to be added. Instructions and the link will be included in the email invite. You will not need any special equipment, aside from a computer with internet, to join the group. You can also simply call in to the group if that is more convenient for you.

New Parent Virtual Drop-In

Being a new parent can present a wide range of emotions. You may feel joy and excitement while at the same time feel challenged and overwhelmed due to new tasks, sleep deprivation, etc. Michigan Medicine would like to help by offering free daily virtual drop-in calls for new parents. This is a great opportunity for parents to talk about new skills and tips and tricks they have learned with fellow parents. A Michigan Medicine social worker, trained in new parent support, will also be available to offer advice and resources.

Daily Drop-In Times

  • Mornings: Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 10 a.m. No drop-in times on Memorial Day (May 25)
  • Evenings: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 – 8:30 p.m.

Virtual Log-In Information:

Questions

If you have questions or want more information, contact Erin Khang, MSSA, LMSW, Social Work Manager, at ekhang@med.umich.edu.

Our Village: African American Expectant and New Mom Group

Do you want to meet expectant moms and new moms? Do you like the idea of women supporting women? Are you interested in sharing tips that will help you be the mother you want to be? This group provides a safe space for African American expectant and new moms to learn from and support one another. Come share in these free sessions and learn from other women about the joys and challenges of pregnancy and motherhood. Group facilitators are Melisa Scott, CNM, nurse midwife and lactation consultant, and LaTresa Wiley, LMSW, OBGYN social worker. Guest speakers will be invited at the request of the group. Free meal provided.

Date/Time

Third Thursday of every month from 3 -5 p.m.

Location

East Ann Arbor Health Center
Conference Room on B1
4260 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

For more information, contact lwiley@med.umich.edu.

Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group

Experiencing a pregnancy or newborn loss of any kind can be very emotional and difficult. The Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group is for mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends – anyone affected by a miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant death, medical termination or other loss.

Our group facilitators have experience with pregnancy and newborn loss and provide a setting where you can share your experiences, give and receive support, and learn to cope with feelings about your loss. Whether you choose to share with the group or just listen, you are encouraged to attend.

*Please note that due to the emotional nature of discussions, it is requested that arrangements are made for children so they are not visible on the Zoom meeting.

Date, Time and Location

The group traditionally meets in person but has transitioned to a virtual group during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to provide support and help connect those who have experienced a pregnancy or newborn loss.

Groups are held the second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Register for the Pregnancy and Loss Support Group.

Groups are free, non-denominational and open to all. You do not have to be a Michigan Medicine patient to attend. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Cancellations

While not anticipated, if the group needs to be cancelled for any reason (lack of registration, ill facilitator, etc.), the group will be cancelled by 2 p.m. the day of the scheduled group. Those registered will receive a cancellation notice via email.

Contact Information

Children’s and Women’s Bereavement Program – Office of Decedent Affairs
Email: SocWk-ODA@med.umich.edu
Phone: 734-615-3122

"Stay Home, Stay Connected" Online Pregnancy Support Group

To help you feel support during your pregnancy, Michigan Medicine created Stay Home, Stay Connected, an online group where pregnant and postpartum patients can communicate and share their experiences. The program includes monthly small group check-ins with other patients at similar points in their pregnancy, and online classes on wellness and managing stress in pregnancy led by members of our Behavioral Health and Social Work teams. We are currently recruiting for groups to start in January 2021.

If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this form: umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ewCDvgXdWdYACCF.

For more information, please email: Virtual_Prenatal_Support@med.umich.edu.

Tummy Time Training for Babies 

On Tuesday, April 28, and Thursday, May 21, we are offering virtual classes. Interested participants should email PMR-TummyTimeClass@med.umich.edu and then a BlueJeans link to the class will be provided.

Learn tips and tricks from a pediatric physical therapist to promote development and help prevent head and neck asymmetry (torticollis and plagiocephaly). This class is designed to teach parents ways to help their babies (newborn – 5 months) succeed with tummy time and gross motor skills.  Please bring your baby to the class to practice and get hands-on feedback.

Date/Time

Third Thursday of every month from 5 – 5:45 p.m.

Location

Briarwood Pediatric Rehabilitation
400 East Eisenhower Parkway
Building 2, Suite A
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Fee

$10. Scholarships are available.

Registration is required. RSVP with name and baby’s birth date to PMR-TummyTimeClass@med.umich.edu.