Expert-Led Classes & Events
One way we help you stay involved in your own health care is by offering a wide array of classes and events. From one-day CPR courses to ongoing support groups and weight-management programs, our educational sessions can help you get more out of life.
For more information, please call 1-800-33-MERCY.
OB Education and Support
We offer classes and workshops that address issues relevant to expecting parents. Offerings include:
Similar to Lamaze, these courses are held in six weekly sessions. Simple and safe techniques are emphasized to promote comfort during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Daytime and evening classes are available year-round. Call 231-876-7403 to find a class that meets your needs. Refresher courses are also available.
Breastfeeding basics are taught in one separate session. Once the breastfeeding process begins, lactation instructors are available for personal consultation. Call 231-876-7403 to schedule.
Car Seat Safety Class
Learn proper techniques for installing a car seat
Which child safety seat is "the best" for my child? Which child safety seat is escape-proof? How can I install the safety seat securely? The Car Seat Safety class is a class that will answer all of these commonly asked questions regarding infant/child seat safety by a certified car seat technician. If you are an expectant parent or already a parent of a child 0 to 8 years of age, this class is for you.
Classes are one night only from 7–8:30 p.m. This class is free to the community. Pre-registration is required. If you would like more information or would like to register, please call the Family Birth Center at 231-876-7403.
"Baby Steps" Perinatal Support Group
Did you know that emotional and psychological distress is the #1 complication of pregnancy and childbirth? We offer a support group for mothers experiencing emotional difficulties during pregnancy and after giving birth.
- Learn about perinatal mood and anxiety disturbances and what you can do to help yourself
- Break the silence by connecting with other moms with similar experiences
- Dispel "myths of motherhood" and identify your strengths
- Support your recovery process
- Become more aware of community resources available to mothers and their families
Day and evening support groups are offered:
- Evening group: 7–8:30 p.m. every 4th Tuesday of the month
- Morning group: 10-–11:30 a.m. every 4th Friday of the month
Location: Missaukee Room, 1st Floor, Mercy Hospital Cadillac
For more information call: Mercy Hospital Community Outreach Office at 231-876-7360