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Upcoming Events

  • Apr
    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.
  • Apr
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This class is highly recommended if you are considering water birth and will help you decide whether water birth is the right choice for you.
  • May
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This class is designed for expectant parents and is devoted to the care of your newborn.
  • May
    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.
  • May
    8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    This class includes the labor process, pain management, breathing techniques, massage, position changes and more.

prenatal and postpartum classes

Starting Soon: Prenatal and Postpartum classes

Whether you're pregnant or recently gave birth, Gundersen Health System and the Dahl Family YMCA have designed classes to ensure the best possible health for you and your baby. Classes are open to the public and held at the Gundersen – YMCA Healthy Living Center, 1140 Main St., La Crosse. Childcare will be available if the class is held during Child Watch times. Space is limited. Class fee is $50. Register in person at the Dahl Family YMCA, call (608) 782-9622 or register online and search baby.

Register now

Space is limited. Register in person at the La Crosse YMCA, call (608) 782-9622 or register online and search baby.


Before Baby Basics

Mondays, Feb. 6 – March 27

Before Baby Basics is an eight-week comprehensive prenatal course led by a team of Gundersen experts in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Physical Therapy and Nutrition Therapy as well as YMCA fitness and emotional health professionals. Each class will include two components: education and exercise. Education will focus on stages of labor, birthing positions, breathing and relaxation techniques, mindfulness, nutrition, breastfeeding, changes in relationships and more. During the exercise portion of class, participants will be introduced to Pilates, Zumba, group cycling, yoga, belly dance, couples massage, strength training and water exercise; specific labor preparation exercises will be emphasized in each.

This class is designed for mothers-to-be who are 20-30 weeks along.

After Baby: Restore You & Your Core

Mondays, April 3- May 22

After Baby: Restore You & Your Core is an eight-week postpartum, core-centric class led by Gundersen physical therapists, as well as YMCA fitness and emotional health professionals. 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. Preand 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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