Maternity Classes & Support Groups
Riverview Health

COVID-19 Information and Visitor Restrictions

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Maternity Center Tour

With our virtual tour, you can set foot in our beautiful maternity center without leaving your home. Have any unanswered questions? Email Theresa Holland at tholland@riverview.org.

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If you have any questions or need support, please email our Maternity Programs and Services manager, Theresa Holland, RN, at tholland@riverview.org.

We’re proud to offer a wide selection of classes and support groups to help you before, during and after your motherhood journey. Whether you’re a new mom or a pro who needs some support, we’re here for you to answer your questions.

COVID-19 Class and Support Group Cancellations

There is no higher priority than the health of our community. In an effort to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19, all on-site classes and support groups have been postponed until further notice. We’ve updated the classes below with virtual resources if they’re available. We know this can feel like a hectic time, and we want you to feel as calm and confident in our maternity care as we do. Learn about the changes our maternity unit has made to keep you and your baby safe >>

If you have any questions or need support, please email our Maternity Programs and Services manager, Theresa Holland, RN, at tholland@riverview.org.

 

Classes

Breastfeeding Class

UPDATE: Contact our Maternity Programs and Services manager, Theresa Holland, RN, at tholland@riverview.org for information about telehealth lactation support.

Led by an International Board-certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), this one-session class includes breastfeeding tips and techniques for new moms and those needing a refresher. We'll also cover how to best meet your infant’s nutritional needs. We recommend completing this class by 36 weeks. In addition to attending a Preparation for Childbirth class, dads or support persons are encouraged to join us for this breastfeeding class.

Breastfeeding & Returning to Work Class

UPDATE: Contact our Maternity Programs and Services manager, Theresa Holland, RN, at tholland@riverview.org for information about telehealth lactation support.

Come learn about building milk supply, pumping at work, storing breast milk and preparing your employer and daycare provider about your breastfeeding plans. This class can be taken before or after your baby arrives and is perfect for new moms or experienced pros. Babies are welcome to join. This class is led by an International Board-certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Maternity Center Tour

Get an up-close and behind-the-scenes tour of the Riverview Health Maternity Center, led by a registered nurse. The tour includes labor and delivery suites, triage rooms, special-care nursery, mother/baby suites and more. Though in-person tours are temporarily suspended, check out our virtual tour >>

Preparation for Childbirth Class

UPDATE: This class content is now being offered online by visiting this webpage. Simply click the arrow in the top right to progress through the modules. Contact our Maternity Programs and Services manager, Theresa Holland, RN, at tholland@riverview.org for childbirth education or lactation support.

This class has two options: a one-day express course taught in 7.5 hours or a three-week course taught in increments of 2.5 hours. This childbirth education class covers what to expect as labor progresses, pre-term labor, medical interventions, Cesarean birth, newborn care and postpartum care. It also includes a tour of our Maternity Center. We recommend completing all classes by 36 weeks. Please bring your support person and a pillow. Contact Theresa Holland at tholland@riverview.org with questions.


Support Groups

Adolescent Pregnancy and Peer Support Group

This support group provides mentoring, support, education and community resources for pregnant and postpartum adolescents. The meetings are led by a Riverview Health maternity nurse and focused on topics such as psychological changes, childbirth and childcare challenges. Speakers include obstetricians, pediatricians, psychologists, nurses and social workers. Contact Brande Pedigo, RN, at bpedigo@riverview.org.

Breastfeeding Support Group

This support group helps new moms learn more about breastfeeding while connecting with other moms. Feel free to arrive at any time during the support group meeting. A lactation consultant will be available to weigh your baby and assist you in any way. Siblings are always welcome to join. Remember, if you have any breastfeeding questions at any time, you can call the breastfeeding support group line at 317.776.7202 or Riverview Health Maternity Center at 317.776.7200.

Postpartum Anxiety and Depression Support Group

Whether you're pregnant or a new mom, the goal of this group is to provide a supportive, understanding and non-judgmental environment where women can encourage and help each other adjust to the changes in their lives. The facilitator will also provide education to help decrease feelings of stress and worrying, by improving mood management and using effective coping skills. Moms are encouraged to bring their babies to this support group. Contact Kristy McNamee at kmcnamee@riverview.org.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

Led by an experienced infant loss support group leader, this group is open to anyone who has suffered an infant loss through ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, miscarriage or neonatal loss. Contact Dede Flaherty, RN, at dflaherty@riverview.org.