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Childbirth Education Classes

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To find out more about online or in-person childbirth classes, click on the birthing location nearest you.


Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam

Marshfield Medical Center–Beaver Dam offers small classes taught by our specially-trained and experienced childbirth educators to help you prepare for labor and childbirth.

Pre-registration for prenatal classes is required. Download the registration form here. We suggest that you choose the Preparing for Childbirth class closest to your eighth month of pregnancy.

Preparing for Childbirth

Our experienced childbirth educators will teach you and your support person ways to enhance your comfort and decision making during your hospital stay. The class covers the labor and delivery process, relaxation and pain management techniques for a healthy and comfortable birthing experience, physical and behavioral characteristics of your newborn, infant feeding choices, cord care and measures you can take to ensure your family's health and safety.

Classes: Mondays from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

  • July – no classes
  • August 1, 8
  • September 12, 19
  • October 3, 10
  • November 7, 14
  • December 5, 12

Fee: $45 for mom and support person for two class sessions. Limit - six couples per class.

Call 920-887-4007 to reserve your space before sending in the registration form.

Breastfeeding Class

Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will share information to help you and your baby get the best start for breastfeeding. Topics include:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Babies instinctive behavior's after birth
  • How to position and latch
  • What to expect the early days and beyond
  • Early skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby and its effect on breastfeeding
  • Some early challenges with breastfeeding
  • What to do if baby doesn't latch
  • And more

Since all moms and babies are different, moms are given information and encouraged to do what works best for them with on-going support from our Lactation Consultant team.

Classes: Mondays from 6 – 8 p.m. in Conference Room A&B

  • July 17
  • August 7
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 6
  • December 11

Fee: $10 for mom and support person per class.

Outpatient lactation visits are available free of charge after discharge. Call the Lactation Office at 920-887-4021 to make an appointment.

Prenatal and Postpartum Massage

This massage is a great way to nurture an expecting mother or a new mother. Massage helps the mother relax and relieves low back pain or tight muscles in the neck and shoulders. It can also help with edema (swelling) and leg pains.

Massage for expectant mothers is provided by a therapist who is trained in pre- and peri-natal massage.

Cost: $35 for 30 minutes and $55 for 60 minutes.

Gift certificates are available.

Massage is done at Marshfield Medical Center–Beaver Dam rehabilitation at 803 S University Ave., Beaver Dam. Please call 920-887-4039 to schedule an appointment.

Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley

Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire provides online childbirth and breastfeeding classes that you can take conveniently from home.

Our eClasses are perfect for parents who need more flexible schedule and would like information when, where and how they prefer. Once signed up, you will have access to the classes, information and videos for nine months.

Registration information
To register for an eClass, use the registration form in our Childbirth Education brochure. You will receive this brochure in your 28-week folder, or you can call 715-858-4646 to have one mailed or pick one up at your next prenatal appointment.

If you have questions or would like a Birth Center tour, call the Eau Claire Birth Center at 715-858-8300.

Online Classes

Understanding Birth eClass
This interactive online course covers essential information on labor and more, and highlights ways partners can help throughout the process. You’ll also get a sense of what labor is really like as you watch several birth stories. You’ll even have an opportunity to create your own birth plan. Allow 4-6 hours to complete.

eClass chapters:
Pregnancy
Labor
Birth stories
Comfort techniques
Medical procedures
Cesarean birth
Newborns
Postpartum
Cost: $45/couple

Understanding Multiples eClass

Expecting twins or more? Take an interactive online class made just for you. This class covers everything you need to know about your unique pregnancy, including what to expect from a vaginal or cesarean birth, breastfeeding more than one baby, and life at home with multiples. Woven throughout the eClass are fun activities to help you learn and engaging video clips that share the real stories of families with multiples. Allow 3-5 hours to complete.

eClass chapters:
Pregnancy
Labor & Delivery
Breastfeeding
Postpartum recovery
First weeks at home
Cost: $45/couple

Understanding Breastfeeding eClass

This interactive online course covers the essentials of breastfeeding, including clear animation and plenty of video examples. It lets you know when to call for help and includes partner tips throughout. You also will have the opportunity to track feedings with an easy-to-use tracker. Allow 2-3 hours to complete.

eClass chapters:
How breastfeeding works
How to breastfeed
When to feed your baby
Getting enough milk
Breast care
Breastfeeding lifestyle
Cost: $40/couple

Childbirth class:

In this two-week class, we will cover the basics of childbirth and how to prepare, discuss pain relief techniques both natural and medicated, provided information on possible interventions you may encounter in your labor. We will also touch on the basics of breastfeeding, newborn and postpartum care. Class is taught by labor and delivery registered nurses, who have their lactation certification.

Breastfeeding class:

In this two-hour class, we will provide information to help you start to prepare for your breastfeeding journey, discuss what you can do to help ensure breastfeeding success, and go over possible challenges that may arise. Class is taught by a board-certified lactation consultant.

To sign up for the eClasses, send an email to the hospital-based lactation consultant, Kendal Stockel, R.N., IBCLC, at stockel.kendal@marshfieldclinic.org with your name, phone number and email, along with the classes you wish to access. Once submitted, you will receive a code and link to create an account, enter the code and the class will be available to view.

Marshfield Medical Center-Marshfield

Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield offers three in-person classes on topics including Childbirth Education, Prenatal Breastfeeding and Baby Basics.

To register for a class, call 715-387-7011. A staff member will take your information and collect payment to be registered. In-person classes are limited to 5 participants, including their support person. Participation is determined on a first come, first serve basis with paid registrations. Classes may be canceled in the event of inclement weather or due to low class enrollment. Call 715-387-7011 for more information on cancelations.

View in-person class categories below for more details on the topics and available dates.

Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Expos

This free, drop-in expo is for expectant parents, grandparents and siblings. Get information on a variety of topics related to all phases of pregnancy and beyond including:
• Informational booths and exhibits
• Hands-on demonstrations
• Videos and speakers provided
• Experienced professionals to answer your questions

You also will have the opportunity to learn more about in-person classes and register for upcoming prenatal classes.

Location: Learning Resource Center, 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)

Expo time: 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Perinatal education

Additionally, Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield offers perinatal education sessions to provide you with prenatal education and support as well as help you prepare for your upcoming hospital stay. We recommend you sign up for perinatal education after 30 weeks gestation. This session includes a birth center tour at Marshfield Medical Center.

To sign up, login to My Marshfield Clinic to self-schedule one of our group sessions. Begin your search with “Get Care”, then “Schedule an Appointment”. Use “Reason for Appt” tab and enter Women’s Health Perinatal Education Session and Tour or scroll down to select to self-schedule for a time and date that works best for you. You also can call 715-387-5161, option 1, or schedule at your next OB appointment with an appointment coordinator.

In-person classes


Childbirth Education Class

Practice positioning, breathing and relaxation techniques, and tour the Birth Center. You will learn about the birthing process based on the Lamaze theory of childbirth education allowing you to make informed choices for a positive birth experience.

Cost: $45/couple
Location: Learning Resource Center 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)
Instructor: Kristin Glass, R.N., Danica Kanneberg, R.N., Robin Dietel, RNC-OB, LCCE, IBCLC
Class time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online class equivalent: Understanding Birth

1 day classes:
Sunday, December 17, 2023
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Sunday, March 3, 2024
Sunday, April 21, 2024
Sunday, June 2, 2024
Sunday, July 7, 2024
Sunday, August 18, 2024
Sunday, October 6, 2024
Sunday, November 10, 2024
Sunday, December 15, 2024

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Learn how breastfeeding works. Topics include:

• Latching on and positioning
• Knowing when to feed your baby
• How to know your baby is getting enough milk
• How to care for your breasts
• How to make breastfeeding a part of your lifestyle
• Breastmilk expression and returning to work

Cost: $20/couple

Location: Learning Resource Center 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)

Instructor: Elizabeth Harris R.N., R.N.C.-OB, IBCLC
Class time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Online class equivalent: Understanding Breastfeeding

Class dates:
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Wednesday, September 11, 2024
Wednesday, October 23, 2024
Wednesday, December 4, 2024

Baby Basics Class

This combined class includes the basics of newborn care during your hospital stay and the first few weeks at home. Topics include:

• Newborn characteristics
• Hospital routines
• Calming a fussy baby
• Signs of illness
• Hands-on demonstrations on diapering, bathing, swaddling and car seat installation

Cost: $20/couple
Location: Learning Resource Center 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)
Instructor: Kristin Glass, R.N., B.S.N., RNC-OB, CCCE, CPST
Class time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Online class equivalent: Understanding Your Newborn

Class dates:
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Wednesday, December 11, 2024

Online Classes

Can't come to an on-site class? We'll bring them to you! Marshfield Medical Center is happy to provide online childbirth and parenting preparation classes that you can take conveniently from home or choose to pair with an in-person class or tour.

Our eClasses are perfect for:
• Parents who need a more flexible schedule
• Parents on bed rest
• Parents who prefer online learning
• Spanish-speaking parents
• Trusted education, your way.
• Learn essential information that's reviewed and updated regularly
• No commercials or sponsored content
• Access information when, where, and how you'd prefer
• Share information with your partner and support people
• Learn with videos, quizzes, and extended activities
• Get organized with tools, planning checklists, and trackers

Call 715-387-7071 to sign-up for an online course >

Classes available
Understanding Pregnancy $30
Understanding Breastfeeding $30
Understanding Your Newborn $30
Understanding Fatherhood $30
Understanding C-Sections $30
Infant and Child Safety $30
Understanding Multiples $45
Understanding Birth $45

 

Watch the video below for an inside look at our online classes.

Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua

Prenatal Classes 2024

The birth of a child is one of the most cherished moments in life. The Birthing Center at Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua Hospital offers several opportunities for childbirth education. As you prepare for your birth experience, prenatal classes can be an important step. The classes are taught by experienced OB Registered Nurses. Call the birthing center at 715-439-8042 for more information. 

Class 1: The End of Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery, Medications and Procedures you may experience.

Class 2: Comfort and Coping Techniques, Cesarean Birth, Postpartum Recovery and a Virtual Department Tour

Class 3: Your Newborn and Off to a Good Start with Breastfeeding

Each Series consists of EITHER 3 classes, held on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00pm-8:00 pm OR a 6 hour Saturday class held from 8:00am-2:00pm. Classes will be virtual for now, but we hope to return to an in-person format soon.

Series A: Jan. 9, 16 & 23, from 6-8 p.m.

Series B: March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Series C: May 7, 14 & 21, from 6-8 p.m.

Series D: July 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Series E: Sept. 10, 17 & 24, from 6-8 p.m.

Series F: Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration Information : Return the form located here to: Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua Birthing Center, 9576 Highway 70, Minocqua WI 54548, or call 715-439-8042.   

Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake

Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake offers an online childbirth education class that you can take conveniently from home on your own timing and choose to pair with an in-person comfort measures class that will provide more hands-on education. Comfort measures class ends with a tour of the birth center. Additionally, in-person breastfeeding classes are also offered at no cost to you.

Any in-person class will be held in the hospital conference room 1 & 2, past the cafeteria. People attending classes can enter through Entrance #1 (Emergency Department) and ask for directions at the registration desk.

Registration information
How to sign up for eClass

This class is offered in partnership with Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire. To register for the online eClass, mail this form with credit card information or a check payable to Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire for $45 to this address:
Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire
Attn: Cashier
2116 Craig Rd.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Once payment is received by our cashier, an email confirmation and activation code will be emailed to you.

Note: We recommend taking this online course prior to the Comfort Measures In-person class but it is not a requirement.

How to sign up for in-person classes
To register for the in-person classes, please call 715-236-6166 and provide your name, phone number, and due date. For in-person classes, participation is determined on a first come, first serve basis with registration. In-person classes may be canceled in the event of inclement weather or due to low class enrollment.

Understanding Birth eClass
This interactive online course covers essential information on pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and newborn care. You’ll also get a sense of what labor is really like as you watch several birth stories. You’ll even have an opportunity to create your own birth plan. Allow four-to-six hours to complete. Once registered, you will have access to the classes, information and videos for nine months.
Cost: $45/couple

Comfort Measures In-person class will cover:
This is a hands-on class offered to patients and their support person to learn about labor coping mechanisms. The class will include labor positioning, breathing exercises and hands on techniques for partner involvement. The Comfort Measures class will be taught by Angela Longhenry, RN, BSN, IBCLC and Dr. Lauryn Brunclik, a prenatally trained and certified doctor from Blue Hills Chiropractic. Blue Hills Chiropractic has been the area’s leader outside of the hospital in helping women on their journey to a minimally invasive birth. Class will end with a tour of the birth center. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Class time will be held 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Breastfeeding Basics In-person class will cover:

  • Latching on and positioning
  • How to know your baby is getting enough milk
  • Overcoming common challenges with breastfeeding
  • Breastmilk expression and storage

This class is recommended for expecting parents who are considering or have decided to breastfeed and will share information to help you and your baby get the best start.

Class time will be held 5-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Tuesday, September 10, 2024
Tuesday, October 15, 2024
Tuesday, November 5, 2024
Tuesday, December 10, 2024

Ongoing breastfeeding support is provided after birth and outpatient lactation visits are available after discharge. Call the Lactation Office at 715-236-6176 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Marshfield Medical Center-Weston

Marshfield Medical Center-Weston offers in-person and online childbirth, infant care, breastfeeding and parenting classes at their Family Birth Center.

All classes are held in the conference creativity room next to the Bread Basket Cafeteria at the hospital. You can park in PARKING LOT #4 and enter in Door #4. Expectant mothers can bring one support person to every class.

Registration Information

To register for a class, call 715-393-3046 and indicate which classes you would like to attend and date. Please send a check or money order made out to – MMC-Weston Family Birth Center for the total amount to this address:

Marshfield Medical Center-Weston
Attn: Wendy Kremnitzer- FBC manager
3400 Ministry Parkway
Weston, WI 54476

In-person classes

In-person classes are limited to 5 participants, including their support person. Participation is determined on a first come, first serve basis with paid registrations.

Cancellation information

In-person classes may be canceled in the event of inclement weather or due to low class enrollment. Call 715-393-3046 for more information on cancelations.

Breastfeeding basics: A certified lactation consultant or lactation educator will present information on the advantages of breastfeeding, and discuss tips on getting started, positioning techniques, and how to overcome common challenges of breastfeeding.
5:30-7:30 p.m.     Cost: $20


Breastfeeding basics
Wednesday, Jan. 24
Wednesday, March 6
Wednesday, April 17
Wednesday, May 29
Wednesday, June 19
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Wednesday, Dec. 4

Infant Care Basics: Expectant parents have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about what caring for an infant will be like. This class also provides information on Period of PURPLE Crying and infant CPR (NOT CPR CERTIFICATION).
6-9 p.m.     Cost: $20


Infant Care Basics
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Wednesday, April 10
Wednesday, May 22
Wednesday, June 26
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Wednesday, Dec. 11

Child Birth Preparation: This class is intended for parents to gain knowledge and confidence to make informed choices for a positive birth experience. Expectant mothers and their support partners will be given the tools to help them manage their labor and birth. Relaxation/breathing techniques and comfort positions will be practiced and information about medications and Cesarean section will also be discussed.
8 a.m.-Noon     Cost: $20

Child Birth Preparation
Saturday, Jan. 13
Saturday, Feb. 24
Saturday, April 6
Saturday, May 18
Saturday, June 22
Saturday, Aug. 3
Saturday, Sept. 7
Saturday, Oct. 19
Saturday, Dec. 7

Fathers in Training: This class is led by one of the male Marshfield Clinic Health System pediatricians and is for expectant fathers only. Designed for dads to learn in a relaxed environment in the company of other dads. Topics include information on how to care for their new baby as well as their significant other during the postpartum period.
8-9 p.m.     Cost: $10

Fathers in Training
Tuesday, March 12
Tuesday, June 4
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Tuesday, Dec. 3

Online Classes

Can't come to an on-site class? We'll bring them to you! Marshfield Medical Center-Weston is happy to provide online childbirth and parenting preparation classes that you can take conveniently from home or choose to pair with an in-person class or tour.

For more information, call 1-715-393-3046


Our eClasses are perfect for:

  • Parents who need a more flexible schedule
  • Parents on bed rest
  • Parents who prefer online learning
  • Spanish-speaking parents
  • Trusted education, your way.
  • Learn essential information that's reviewed and updated regularly
  • No commercials or sponsored content
  • Access information when, where, and how you'd prefer
  • Share information with your partner and support people
  • Learn with videos, quizzes, and extended activities
  • Get organized with tools, planning checklists, and trackers

Learn more about our online courses >

Classes available Cost
Understanding Breastfeeding $30
Understanding Your Newborn $30
Understanding Birth $45

 

Watch the video below for an inside look at our online classes.


Circle of Moms: Breastfeeding Support Group

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