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Memorial Childbirth Classes

Visit our Classes and Events page for a complete list of class description and to register for a class. If you have questions please call 574.647.1658 to learn more.

Preparing for Childbirth: Learn about pregnancy, the labor process, delivery, common medical interventions and relaxation techniques through a variety of hands-on experience.

Preparing for Breastfeeding Success: Learn about the production of breast milk, the importance of skin-to-skin contact, effect latch, positioning, supply and demand of milk and much more. Register for this class.

Online Breastfeeding Class for Parents: Watch these free online classes intended for parents.

After Baby Comes: Learn how to soothe and care for your new baby at home.

Childbirth E-Class: Take an interactive online childbirth class at your convenience and learn everything you need to know about childbirth, including comfort techniques during labor, medical procedures, tips for partners and much more. Register for this class. Three months of access to all class content for only $25.

Meet Our Educators


Ashley B is a RN (registered nurse) and a certified lactation specialist. Ashley has been working at Memorial Hospital since 2008. After having her first child and receiving amazing care from the nurses here at Memorial, she realized she needed to become a nurse herself. She graduated from Bethel College in 2014 and started working on the mother baby unit as a floor nurse. As a mother of four, Ashley understands the personal difficulties that can come with the breastfeeding journey and it has impacted her to provide support to foster mom and baby connection. Ashley currently works on the floor as a lactation consultant and teaches our breastfeeding basics class.


Ashley H RN, BSN finished her BSN at Indiana Wesleyan and worked on CBU at Memorial since 2017. Ashley is an educator for the Childbirth classes. Ashley now works with patients before and after pregnancy and loves having the opportunity to connect and educate new, and even seasoned moms, about the amazing journey to and through parenthood. Ashley loves helping mothers become advocates for themselves, as well as empowering women to feel confident and educated about their care.


Gemma is a LPN, (Licensed Practical Nurse), Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). She has served as a birth/breastfeeding educator for Beacon Health System since 2005. She graduated in 1980 from Arlington Memorial Hospital School of Vocational Nursingin Texas. Gemma has worked in a variety of nursing positions, including Childbirth Unit, Mother Baby, Pediatrics and Family Medicine. She currently teaches our hospital breastfeeding classes and works at our Beacon Breastfeeding Support Group. She is passionate about teaching how women are wonderfully created to give birth and to feed their babies.


Kelly Y RNC comes with 15 years of experience as a Perinatal Nurse. Kelly is an educator for the Childbirth classes. Kelly has relocated to Indiana from Southern California after spending 40+ years soaking up the sun. She finds teaching mothers about labor and what to expect to be very rewarding. Kelly has a 5 year old son what she enjoys going on adventures with while exploring the Michiana area. Kelly enjoys tending to her garden on her days off.


Valerie N is a Registered Nurse and graduate from Bethel College in Mishawaka. She has been with Memorial Hospital since 2014. She currently works on the Mother Baby Unit and she is the Educator for the After Baby Comes class. Valerie has a love for her community and enjoys helping parents and families learn about and prepare for this exciting new journey.

Have questions?

Please contact Morgan Mayes, Perinatal Education Coordinator, at 574-647-1658 or email gro.metsyshtlaehnocaeb@seyamm.

Classes are led by educators who are specialized nurses in Lamaze (healthy birth practices for safe childbirth and labor), inpatient obstetrics and lactation.