Before Baby: Programs for Parents-To-Be

Biological and adoptive, LGBTQ or straight, single or couple, Jewish or non-Jewish, people of all abilities – all are welcome to get ready for parenthood at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Email Miriam if you need any special accommodations to attend one of our workshops. 

Upcoming Programs:
Mondays, October 23-November 27: Beyond the Bump
Sunday, October 29:
Infant and Child CPR
Tuesday, November 14: Adoption: Starting the Process
Tuesdays, November 21-December 12: Preparing for Childbirth

Mondays, January 22-March 5: Beyond the Bump

Check back here soon for more Before Baby programs.  See our list of Past Programs below to get a sense of what's coming!

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

Upcoming Edlavitch DCJCC Before Baby Programs
(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)

Beyond the Bump
6 Mondays, Oct. 23-Nov. 27 7:15 pm
Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression.  Facilitated by Heather Diamond, Psy.D.

Infant and Child CPR
Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am
Make your family safer by learning life-saving skills from American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!

Adoption: Starting the Process
Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 pm
Please join us for an informal discussion about various paths to adopting a child.  Hear from an adoption lawyer, an adoption agency representative, and parents who have gone through it successfully.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish -- are all warmly welcomed.  Come with questions!

Preparing for Childbirth
4 Tuesdays, Nov. 21-Dec. 12, 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


Past Edlavitch DCJCC Before Baby Programs
(These will be offered again in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018; check back here soon for dates and registration!)

Reconnecting with Your Center after Pregnancy Loss: A Workshop for Mind, Body, and Spirit
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.

Before Baby: An Evening for Expecting Parents
Join the EDCJCC’s Before Baby team for an evening of connecting around impending parenthood.  Learn about prenatal self-care, post-partum red flags, childbirth and baby care basics, activities and support for after the baby arrives, and more, while meeting local experts and forming community with other new parents-to-be.

Pathways to Parenthood
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 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

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