The Expectant Parents Organization (EPO) offers classes on basic birth preparation, breastfeeding, care of your newborn and other topics. You can attend individual or group classes to help you prepare for the birth of your new baby by registering online at the EPO web site. You can schedule a tour of Sparrow's Obstetric Services and Mother Baby Center by signing up online here. If you have any questions, please call Volunteer Services at 517.364.3606, option 1.
View our maternity unit video tour
Sparrow Lactation Support Services is committed to helping you get off to a good start with breast feeding. Certified lactation consultants and lactation educators are available in the Mother/Baby Center. Please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions or call if you have further questions (517.364.2652).
Click here for important resources from the Capitol Area Breastfeeding Coalition.
Click here to read our handout on preventing and managing breast engorgement.
Click here to read our handout on breastmilk collection and storage.
Car Seat Safety
Sparrow offers free car seat installation inspections by appointment. Click here for more information and to view videos demonstrating car seat installation.
Sparrow's Prenatal Curriculum
The resources below include a wealth of information about caring for your newborn.
Pain Relief in Labor and Delivery
Pain depends on many things, such as the size and position of the baby and the strength of the contractions. Click here to read the PDF.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Babies are born to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is a gift only you can give. The benefits last a lifetime. Click here to read the PDF and more information is also available by clicking here.
Early Skin-to-Skin Contact
The best way to bring baby into a place of comfort and warmth with you is called skin to skin. Click here to read more.
After your baby is born the nurses and doctors will encourage you to feed your baby “on cue”. What does this mean? Click here to read more.
The Importance of Early Initiation of Breastfeeding
Immediately after birth most babies are in a quiet, alert state and eager to nurse. Early initiation of feeding after birth is important for mom and baby. Click here to read more.
Keeping your baby with you throughout your hospital stay (“rooming in”) has many benefits for you and your baby, especially for breastfeeding. Consider bringing a support person to help care for your baby when you are tired. Click here to read more.
The Importance of Exclusive Breastfeeding in the First Week of Life
“Exclusive breastfeeding” means feeding only breast milk to your baby. Why is it important to exclusively breastfeeding in the first week of life? Click here to read more.
Making Enough Milk
Many mothers are concerned about whether they will make enough milk for their baby. It can help to know how your body works to produce milk and how it will regulate your milk supply. Click here to read more.
The Importance of Exclusive Breastfeeding for the First 6 Months
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies should exclusively breastfeed for 6 months. Click here to read more.
Importance of Continuing Breastfeeding after Starting Solid Foods
Once your baby reaches 6 months old, she will be ready for solid foods, as well as breastmilk. We call these foods complementary because they add to the baby’s diet rather than replacing breastmilk. Click here to read more.
ICLA's Inside Track: Breastfeeding: Learning the Dance of Latching
Did you know that babies are born with the ability to attach themselves to the breast without anyone helping them? Babies have the instinct to find the breast and suckle. Click here to read more.