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Upcoming Events

  • Dec
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    If you are considering breastfeeding, this class will be very informative in helping you to make that decision.
  • Dec
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    This class includes the labor process, pain management, breathing techniques, massage, position changes and more.
  • Dec
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    This class is designed to prepare your child(ren) to welcome a new baby into the family.
  • Dec
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The class will include: the labor process, pain management (from no medications to epidural), when to come to the hospital and what to expect when you arrive.
  • Dec
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    This class gives you and your support person additional practice and learning time to become comfortable with important labor coping techniques.

prenatal and postpartum classes

Starting this fall: Prenatal and Postpartum classes

Whether you're pregnant or recently gave birth, we have designed classes to ensure the best possible health for you and your baby.

Register now

Space is limited. Register in person at the La Crosse YMCA or call (608) 782-9622.

Classes are open to the public and held at the Gundersen – Y Healthy Living Center, 1140 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601. Childcare will be available if the class is held during Y Child Watch times.

 Register in person at the Dahl Family YMCA in La Crosse or call (608) 782-9622. Class fee is $50.

Before Baby Basics

Mondays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. 

This is a six-week prenatal course led by a team of Gundersen and Y experts. Class topics include stages of labor, birthing positions, labor preparation exercises, breathing techniques, breastfeeding and more. There will be an opportunity to try new exercises during each class. Mothers-to-be should be about 24-32 weeks along at the start of the class. Space is limited; register early.

After Baby: Restore You & Your Core

Mondays, Oct. 23 – Dec. 11, 5:30-7 p.m.

This is an eight-week postpartum class led by Gundersen physical therapists and Y fitness experts. It is a low-intensity class meant for rebuilding belly and pelvic muscles to return to ideal posture and movement; allow for safe return to recreation/exercise; and prevent conditions such as low back pain, bladder control problems and organ prolapse. Participants will learn proper activation of pelvic-stabilizing muscles and proper breathing. Pre- and post-tests will evaluate abdominal muscle separation and pelvic strength. In-class instruction and take-home exercises provided. Timely topics, such as personal identity, relationship changes and caring for yourself and your family will also be discussed. Baby is welcome to attend. Attend this class a minimum of eight weeks postpartum. 

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System delivers great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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