Classes & Support

Class Listing

Click on the class name for information about each class.

Baby Safe

During this 90-minute, video-recorded class, a member of the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program at University of Michigan Health will answer your safety questions and help you create a safe home environment for your baby. The Baby Safe class offers a general overview of home safety, safe sleep practices, car seat safety and a CPR-certified individual modeling chest compressions with the opportunity to request a copy of the Red Cross Family & Friends CPR booklet.

If you are interested in requesting the link to the Baby Safe class or would like more information, please email the Injury Prevention Program at [email protected].

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

We are offering our two-hour breastfeeding class online. The topics we will cover include:

  • Breastfeeding basics (preparing for breastfeeding, anatomy of breasts, making milk, supply and demand, milk types, when and how to breastfeed, positioning, latching techniques, common breastfeeding concerns, expressing breast milk and breast pumps)
  • Returning to work
  • Community and online resources

Classes will be offered on the following Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon:

  • Jan. 13, 2024 
  • Feb. 10, 2024 
  • March 9, 2024 
  • April 13, 2024 
  • May 11, 2024
  • June 8, 2024 

Please note that registration will close at noon on the Thursday before class. 

How can I participate?

To gain access to the Zoom link and Your Guide to Breastfeeding eBook, contact the Administrative Assistant in the Brandon NICU at 734-232-7898 or mailto:[email protected]. There is no charge for the class or eBook.

Childbirth Education Class

We are offering an in-person childbirth education class for pregnant patients in their third trimester (between 32–36 weeks gestation). During this class, we’ll cover: 
-What to expect with routine labor and childbirth, including stages of labor 
-Signs of early labor and when to come to the hospital 
-How to manage early labor at home 
-Coping in labor, including pain management 
-Induction of labor 
-Managing the unexpected in birth, including cesarean birth and recovery 
At the end of the class, patients will have completed their individualized birth partnership plan, reflecting their preferences for their birth. Each class is capped at 15 and patients are encouraged to bring one birth support partner. 
How can I participate? 
Classes are at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in the 9th Floor – OB-GYN Clinic. Take the elevators to the 9th floor and check in at the security desk. You’ll then be directed to the OB-GYN Clinic. We currently offer three classes per month – two on weekdays and one over the weekend.  
Click here to register or to learn more. 

Infertility Support Groups

It is important to realize that you aren’t alone in your journey. The University of Michigan Health Center for Reproductive Medicine offers a variety of support groups for individuals and couples to support and empower you on your fertility journey. Our support groups are currently facilitated via Zoom by Lesley Farrell, LMSW, and Lindsay Brennan, LMSW, CST.

  • Monthly Infertility Support Group
    Meets monthly, call for details
  • Pregnancy After Infertility: Managing Stress and Anxiety
    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 [email protected] 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.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an allied health profession that uses music to provide support based on an individual’s needs. Musical interventions are facilitated by a board-certified music therapist and address common goal areas including (but not limited to): stress management, self-expression, pain reduction, labor and delivery support, mood enhancement, legacy-building, bonding with your baby and relaxation.  

These goal areas may take the form of the following interventions: 

  • Kangaroo care or songwriting to enhance bonding 
  • Multimodal neurologic enhancement to promote development and improve feeding outcomes 
  • Playlists for sleep, energy or your birth experience 
  • Postpartum mental health support through instrument play or guided relaxation 
  • Birthing person and support person services 

No musical background is necessary to benefit from music therapy services throughout your maternal health journey. You can receive Music Therapy sessions at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital at the bedside. 

To explore how Music Therapy may be able to support you, you can either speak with a medical provider, such as your nurse, physician, or social worker or you can reach out via email at [email protected] (please include your room number).

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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

Every other Thursday, 3–4 p.m.

Location

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

For more information, contact [email protected].

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: [email protected]
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.

If you are interested in joining this support group, please speak with your health care provider.

Tummy Time Training for Babies 

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: 
 
Second Thursday of each month: 5:15 – 6 p.m. 
Class times/dates subject to change.  
Please contact us at the email below for most updated class time. 
 
Location: 
 
Briarwood Pediatric Rehabilitation  
400 East Eisenhower Parkway 
Building 2, Suite A  
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 
 
Fee: 
 
$0 – This is a free class! 
 
How can I participate? 
 
Registration is required. RSVP with name and baby’s birthdate to [email protected]