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Child Development

We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy. The reality is most all of them do — but at vastly different rates. Experts across Mayo Clinic Health System see thousands of children each year, and have the experience and resources to know what is normal and what may be cause for closer observation. This includes not only physical and motor skills development, but psychological and social skill advancement.


Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN

This group is for new mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding. Baby Cafe is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information in a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. Registration is not required, this is a drop-in offering. 

Class Cancellations

If a class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo Clinic Health System reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If local schools are cancelled, so are prenatal education offerings. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Call 507-594-4607 for cancellation or postponement information.


Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN

This class is designed to prepare children 2½–9 for their new sibling and mom's hospital stay. Children will tour the BirthPlace, see a newborn baby, watch a video and draw pictures for the new baby's hospital crib.

Children should bring a doll or teddy bear to class to diaper. While the children watch a brief video, parents will meet with a childbirth educator to discuss the adjustment of siblings to a new baby.

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