Childbirth Education Classes

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life! It is also a time for asking questions and learning how to be prepared for childbirth and caring for an infant. We want to provide you with opportunities to learn about pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care.



Bronson Battle Creek


Bronson Battle Creek Prepared Childbirth Class

Cost:  $50 per family

This five session class (one class each week) meets from 6:30–8:45pm and discusses stages of labor and delivery. You will learn from a certified childbirth educator about exercise, comfort measures, positions, tips for relaxing, breathing patterns and information on pain relief for labor and birth. The class includes the following:


  • Bathing your newborn
  • Care for your newborn
  • Coping with contractions
  • CPR demonstration
  • The role of support person
  • Tour of the Bronson BirthPlace – Battle Creek
  • Various delivery situations
  • Videos of actual birth


There is also a Saturday, one-day class option that is held four to six times per year from 9am to 4:30pm with a break for lunch on your own. It is designed for expectant parents who cannot attend the five-week evening classes. Please call for dates and availability. Seats are limited.


For class dates and registration and more information,




Baby Basics

Cost: $30 per family

New parents and caregivers will learn the basics of baby care, including car seat and CPR safety, and choosing a pediatrician.



Sucessful Breastfeeding

Cost: $35 per family

Learn practical information about breastfeeding. Take this class before the birth of your baby. After the birth, you will receive ongoing support and education from our breastfeeding expert.



Boot Camp for New Dads (Offered in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo)

Cost: $30 per family

This unique workshop is for first-time dads to help prepare for the birth of their child.


Take all four classes for a discounted price of $110.


Medicaid will be accepted as payment for the classes. For more information, visit the Bronson website.







Oaklawn Hospital


Oaklawn Hospital Prepared Childbirth Education Class

Cost:  $40.00 per couple

Oaklawn Hospital offers Prepared Childbirth Education classes taught monthly by a childbirth educator. A series of four classes will address breathing and relaxation techniques, managing the discomforts of pregnancy, options in pain relief methods, coaching techniques, labor and delivery options, caesarean sections and basic baby care. These classes also include a tour of the Birth Center. We recommend that you plan on taking the class in your seventh or eighth month or pregnancy. You'll want to register for the series right after your first prenatal visit because class sizes are limited.


Oaklawn Hospital also offers a one-day Prepared Childbirth Education class. These classes are scheduled approximately four times per year. These classes are very popular and early registration is encouraged.


Oaklawn Hospital Refresher Childbirth Education

Cost:  $10 if taken individually

These classes are beneficial for parents who may have attended the Prepared Childbirth Education classes in the past, or parents who have already had a baby but need some helpful reminders on breathing and relaxation techniques, labor and delivery options and pain relief methods. A tour of the Birth Center is included. This class is free to parents who are taking the Prepared Childbirth Education classes. The class is also offered as an individual class.


To register, or for more information about classes at Oaklawn,
go to

You may also contact Cari Gray via email at

or by phone at 269.789.8984.



Private classes

Private classes are available through Deb Codde’s Childbirth Educational Services LLC. Deb can be reached by phone at 269.781.9994 or 269.274.2925.



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