Education & Support

Avita’s Education Department is responsible for staff, patient and community education. We offer community educational events and coordinate support groups in cancer, stroke, and diabetes. We put a large focus on educating healthcare professionals within our health system as well. Providers, nurses, and other professionals benefit from required certification courses and mandatory course offerings.

Breastfeeding Classes

6:00pm – 7:30pm

In-person classes are resuming in 2024!

Classes will be held the first Thursday of every month in the Galion Hospital cafeteria. Limit of 4 couples per class.

We encourage your partner, family, babysitter, or friend to join us. We also ask you watch “Breastfeeding 101” video on prior to coming to class.

Topics will include:

  • What to expect in the first few weeks
  • Good attachment and positioning techniques
  • Common breastfeeding difficulties
  • Practical support by partner, family and friends
  • Your career and breastfeeding, and much more

Find more helpful information on our New Baby Resource Guide!

2024 Dates

  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • June 6
  • July 11*
  • August 15*
  • September 5
  • October 10*
  • November 7
  • December 5

* denotes date change due to scheduling conflict

Register for Classes

To register, call 419-468-0910 or complete the form below.

Child Birthing Classes

6:00pm – 9:00pm

There is currently a limit of 4 couples per class.

Galion Hospital Lobby Conference Room, 269 Portland Way S, Galion.

Avita Health System Child Birthing Classes, led by the OB Department, are held one Thursday a month in Galion Hospital’s Lobby Conference Room. It is most beneficial to attend a class during your final trimester (after 28 weeks). Please bring your coach, a pillow, and wear comfortable clothing. Light snacks will be provided.

All of your questions answered with topics such as:

  • The Importance of Labor Support
  • Relaxation Techniques that work
  • Common Obstetrical/Newborn Procedures and Terminology
  • Understanding Labor and Birth
  • Caring for Your Newborn
  • Hospital Safety
  • Postpartum Care for Mom
  • Class concludes with a tour of The Birth Place at Galion Hospital!

Class fee is $45.00. If you are an Avita patient, the class fee will be billed to your insurance. Any uncovered amount will be added to your office statement.

Instructors: Labor and delivery nurses from Avita Health System.

To register or if you have questions: 419-468-0910

2024 Dates

  • January 8
  • February 12
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 6
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Sprouts Pregnant and Nursing Mom’s Support & Learning Group

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Virtual meetings will be held on Zoom. You must register and download the Zoom app prior to the meeting.

Get questions answered and meet other moms and babies! Many new and soon-to-be new moms have questions about breastfeeding which include:

  • What to expect in the first few weeks and beyond
  • Common breastfeeding difficulties
  • Your career and breastfeeding

Join Deanna Grube, Certified Lactation Consultant, for a question and answer session about breastfeeding.

To register, call 419-468-0910, or complete the form below.

Find more helpful information on our New Baby Resource Guide!

2024 Dates

  • January 5*
  • January 22
  • February 2
  • February 12*
  • March 1
  • March 18
  • April 5
  • April 15
  • May 3
  • May 20
  • June 7
  • June 17
  • July 12*
  • July 22*
  • August 2
  • August 19
  • September 6
  • September 16
  • October 11*
  • October 21
  • November 1
  • November 18
  • December 6
  • December 16

*denotes change in schedule

Register for Classes

To register, call 419-468-0910 or complete the form below.

Bariatric Support Group

Free to anyone at any stage in the medical or surgical weight loss process, including pre-surgery and post-surgery patients.

Discussion topics include nutrition tips and recipes, cosmetic changes after surgery, exercise tips and resources, adapting to your new life after surgery, and navigating surgical complications.


Time: First Tuesday of every month @ 6:00PM

Location: Avita South Campus Conference Room (Use East Entrance), 600 Richland Mall, Ontario, OH