Programs for Expectant Parents

Biological and adoptive, gay or straight, single or couple, Jewish or non-Jewish – all are welcome to get ready for parenthood at the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center!

Upcoming Programs:
Wednesdays, April 26-May 17: Preparing for Childbirth
Sunday, May 7: Infant/Child CPR
Wednesday, May 17: JScreen Pop Up
Wednesday, May 17: Pathways to Parenthood
Thursday, June 29: Reconnecting with Your Center after Pregnancy Loss: A Workshop for Mind, Body, and Spirit

Also check out PACE, a great support group for women with babies ages 2 weeks to 5 months (not offered by the EDCJCC, but meeting in our building)

Edlavitch DCJCC Workshops for Expectant Parents
(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)

Preparing for Childbirth:
Prenatal Education for The Modern Family

4 Wednesdays, April 26-May 17, 7:00 pm
Prepare for your birth, your way in this comprehensive 4-week series covering labor anatomy and physiology, pain management, common variations and complications, practice exercises designed specifically for labor and delivery, and a thorough and JUDGEMENT-FREE discussion of all labor and delivery scenarios, including un-medicated births, epidurals and c-sections. Taught by Nicole Bruno, a certified doula and childbirth educator.

Infant and Child CPR
Sunday, May 7, 10:00am
Make your family safer by learning life-saving skills from American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!

JScreen Pop-Up: Take Control. Take Action. Get Screened
Wednesday, May 17, 4:00 PM

Whether you are single, dating, married, or already have a child and are planning to add to your family, genetic screening is important for every member of our community. JScreen, a non-profit dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases, will be “setting up shop” at the DCJCC on Wednesday, May 17, from 4p-7pm, in an effort to provide as many as possible with an easy and affordable opportunity to get tested.  Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is encouraged. 

Pathways to Parenthood
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive? Join us for an informal discussion about different paths to family building. This symposium will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a mental health provider, a rabbi, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and more!   Before and after the panel, there will be time for informal connecting and community building.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish -- are all warmly welcomed.  Come prepared to ask questions -- and plug in for support.
Co-presented with GLOE, in partnership with The Red Stone, the Tinina Q Cade Foundation, and Shady Grove Fertility

Reconnecting with Your Center after Pregnancy Loss: A Workshop for Mind, Body, and Spirit
Thursday, June 29, 7:00pm
Many women experience ongoing emotional and physical challenges following a pregnancy loss, and are often not afforded the time and space to process the experience.   This workshop is designed to help you connect with your emotional and physical self after pregnancy loss. Our time together will consist of gentle movement, journaling, guided visualization, discussion, and mindfulness, all aimed at helping you to integrate the experience of loss, feel greater ease within your body, and find support and community.  Led by Emma Basch, licensed clinical psychologist, and Manisha Tare, occupational therapist and yoga teacher.

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Miriam Szubin
Director of the Parenting Center
p. (202) 777-3263
f. (202) 518-9420