Childbirth preparation and prenatal information
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The Birthing Center at McLaren Greater Lansing Medical Center
401 West Greenlawn, Lansing, MI 48910
Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents
Main website: http://www.mclaren.org/Lansing/Lansing.aspx
Birthing Center Website: http://www.mclaren.org/lansing/WomensServicesBirthingCenterGL.aspx
Contact: Breanna Wesner
The Lansing Doula Network
Description: The Lansing Doula Network (LDN) is a collaboration of independent birth professionals who provide education and support to families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The LDN recognizes the role of birth doulas as being part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. The doulas who participate in this network live in and serve the tri-county area.
Services: During your pregnancy, birth doulas help you prepare for your birth and create a birth plan. During labor, birth doulas stay with you and provide reassurance, encouragement and physical support.
Eligibility: The Lansing Doula Network is made up of independently practicign doulas. Fees, services,, training and experience of listed doulas vary greatly.
Contact: Feedback form through website. No phone number.
Expectant Parents Organization (EPO)
PO Box 4790, East Lansing, MI 48826-4790
(517) 337-7365 / Open 9-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Programs offered: Classes providing information about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting the newborn
Ongoing classes include: Prenatal Combo (Labor & Delivery, Newborn Care & Feeding – Can be taken in 3-week, 1 day or online format), Breastfeeding Class, Sibling Class, Private Class, The Best Newborn Care Class Ever, Tours of Sparrow Hospital’s Mother Baby and Labor Delivery Units, Capital Area Baby Cafe for breastfeeding and expectant mothers.
Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents. Financial assistance is available.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EPObaby
Contact: Laura Zdybel – lzydbel [at] epobaby [dot] org
Healthy Beginnings Childbirth Classes
Ingham County Health Department
5303 South Cedar, Lansing, MI 48911
Description: A four-week prenatal class offered at the ICHD. Class topics will focus on: labor/delivery, newborn care and feeding, postpartum care, family planning, healthy behaviors, exercise/relaxation and nutrition.
Eligibility: First-time mothers who are Medicaid eligible and their support person.
Contact: Public Health Services 517-887-4322, Sarah Rowe – srowe [at] ingham [dot] org
Pregnancy Services of Lansing
Services: Offers free of charge – pregnancy testing, counseling, limited ultrasounds, referrals for insurance, pregnancy information, support services and baby supplies. See website for entire range of services offered. West side location only offers referrals, free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, pregnancy information and counseling. Learn and Earn clients are referred to the East Lansing location.
Eligibility: Open to all.
Lansing location: 420 Elmwood (One block south of Saginaw, across from Meijer); (517) 580-8185; Hours: 10:30-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; Contact: psglwest [at] gmail [dot] com
East Lansing location: 1045 E. Grand River (Next to MSU Campus across from the 2-story McDonalds); (517) 332-0633; Hours: 10-4 p.m. Monday to Friday
South Lansing location: 6810 S. Cedar Suite C (across from Lowes, just south of the expressway); (517) 889-5135
Contact: pregnancychoices [at] gmail [dot] com
503 North Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933
Services: Free pregnancy tests, non-diagnostic ultrasound, confidential counseling, maternity clothes, referrals for medical care, housing, adoption and post-adoption counseling. Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn and Earn Program: A series of parenting and life skill classes and videos in which parents can earn points by attending classes and watching videos. Points are then traded in for items for their baby.
Eligibility: Open to expectant parents
Contact: Sarah Gilliland, Exec. Director – sharedpregnancy [at] msn [dot] com
Willow Tree Family Center
3333 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Suite 101, Lansing, MI 48910
Description: Willow Tree Family Center is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to growing strong, empowered families by providing support groups and educational services for pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Resources offered: Willow Tree provides services such as childbirth, parenting, and nutrition classes, a provider directory, a blog and newsletter, a lending library of books and videos, a doula program, resources for home birth midwives and families, and various free support groups for parents based on their needs.
On-going Classes: Childbirth Preparation Course, Comfort Measures for Labor Refresher Class, Infant Care, Breastfeeding, I’m Pregnant, Now What?, Nutrition in Pregnancy, What is a Doula, and more
On-going Free Groups: Pregnant Mamas, Birth Chat, Healing From Birth Support Group, Home Birth Group, Le Leche League Meetings, and more
Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents