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Classes, Workshops & Support Groups

The Birth Center at LWC Childbirth Seminar

We ask that all potential clients considering LWC for their maternity care come to a free, informational Childbirth Seminar. This Seminar is designed to assist you in deciding whether you would like to use our services for a current or planned pregnancy. Topics covered include what you can expect at LWC with regard to prenatal care, managing labor, after birth care, and managing complications. There will also be a short birth video, a tour of The Birth Center, and time for questions and answers. Advanced registration is required. Please call the office and one of our receptionists can assist you with registration, 610-525-6086.Please call the office and one of our receptionists can assist you with registration, 610-525-6086.

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Preparation for Childbirth

A four-week course required for first-time birthers and their partners. This class covers the anatomy and physiology of labor and birth, natural pain coping strategies, unexpected outcomes, and birth technology. Immediate postpartum issues and newborn care will also be briefly discussed. Classes incorporate mindfulness exercises, focused breathing, relaxation techniques, movement for labor, and partner support skills.

 

At this time, our Preparation for Childbirth class series is only offered to LWC clients.

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One-Day Childbirth Preparation

This class will be held on a Saturday or Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. This option is exclusively for LWC clients who cannot attend the Preparation for Childbirth series due to scheduling conflicts or a one hour (or greater) commute to LWC/TBC.

 

Our One-Day Childbirth Preparation class is offered on the first Saturday of the month to LWC clients exclusively. A Sunday class will be offered to non-LWC clients as space permits. Please call for details!

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)


New 9-Week class series will begin January 19th! 

Having a baby is one of the most transformative and meaningful experiences in a person’s life. The benefits of mindfulness (the awareness that comes from learning to pay attention in the present moment, on purpose and non-judgmentally) can help us navigate this important event, as well as prepare us for a lifetime of parenting.

Based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum, this class, developed by an MBSR teacher and midwife, Nancy Bardacke, will provide you with skills for the mind and body to support you and your partner as your unique pregnancy and birth unfold, moment by moment.

 

MBCP is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Focus on Breastfeeding

This one-session class (offered 2-3 times every month) for expectant parents provides detailed information about breastfeeding, including benefits to mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, composition of breastmilk, positioning and latch, pumping and storing milk, common setbacks, and more! It is designed for both breastfeeder and partner.

 

Focus on Breastfeeding is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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First Days at Home

This one-session class, required for first-time parents, and highly recommended to experienced parents that are new to birth center care, is designed to provide specific education regarding the early care of yourself and your newborn from the time you leave The Birth Center until your Home Visit.

 

At this time, our First Days at Home class is only offered to LWC clients.

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Childbirth Preparation Supplemental

A one-session class, required for first-time birthers and their partners who have taken childbirth preparation classes outside of Lifecycle WomanCare. This class covers protocols, policies, and procedures specific to laboring and birthing at The Birth Center, including the roles of our nurses and midwives, hospital transfer if needed, and postpartum care at TBC.

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Childbirth Refresher

A one-session class for birthers and their partners who have already experienced childbirth, but would like a chance to refresh their memory. Review of the process of labor and recognizing when it starts will be covered, as well as an overview of natural pain-coping techniques, the role of nurses and midwives, TBC policies, hospital transfer if necessary, and your postpartum stay.

 

At this time, our Childbirth Refresher class is only offered to LWC clients.

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The Fourth Trimester

A one-session class for expectant parents that includes access to our New Parent Support Group that meets every other Friday at Rosemont Plaza in Bryn Mawr. This class is designed to help you survive and thrive during the “fourth trimester.” We’ll discuss newborn behavior; babywearing; limiting visitors while also soliciting the right kind of help; finding your “tribe”/utilizing local, in-person and online support; postpartum self-care; sleep; setting realistic goals/having realistic expectations; and much, much more!

 

The Fourth Trimester is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Sibling Celebration

Designed for children ages 3-6, and their caregivers, the Sibling Celebration Class celebrates families welcoming a new baby. This one-time, 90-minute class promotes healthy sibling dynamics through story time, sensory activities, and parent discussion. An optional viewing of Penny Simkin’s 11-minute film for children, “There’s a Baby,” shows a child’s joy and excitement as she learns about what a baby can do before birth, sees her baby sister being born (with tasteful filming), greets her with a song and a kiss, and shows us a bit about life with a new baby.

 

At this time, our Sibling Celebration class is only offered to LWC clients.

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Diastasis Recti Info Session

+ follow-up

Core Restore 3-Week Series

Diastasis Recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles (the outer layer of abdominal muscles that form the “6-pack”). Diastasis Recti is very common during pregnancy and the postnatal period. The abdominal muscles naturally stretch during pregnancy to accommodate your growing baby, but, due to many factors, the muscles may not fully close on their own after birth.

This Info Session is great for pregnant women, postnatal women, and birth professionals who would like to learn techniques to help their clients.

The follow-up 3-Week Series is great for postnatal women (whether you gave birth recently or YEARS ago!).

 

The Info Session ans Core Restore 3-Week series are open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Moving Through Labor

Join Blossoming Bellies’ Brittany Sharpe McCollum, CCE(BWI), CD(DONA) as she presents, Moving Through Labor, a modified version of her widely acclaimed workshop, Creating Space, for birth professionals. Brittany has tailored this workshop to meet the needs of expectant couples including first time parents, parents planning for a VBAC, or parents wishing for a smoother labor the second (or more!) time around. She will cover pelvic bodywork and dynamics; creating space in the pelvis; position of the baby and its impact on labor; understanding baby presentation, position, and attitude (head flexion); movements and techniques for preventing position related labor complications; and use of the rebozo.

 

Moving Through Labor is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Newborn Sleep 101

Join sleep consultant Erica Desper for this 90 minute workshop on demystifying your newborn’s sleep. This class covers what normal newborn sleep looks like, how to help your baby sleep for longer stretches, solutions for soothing fussy babies, how sleep and schedules change over time, how to nurture healthy sleep habits as your baby grows in order to prevent sleep issues, and co-sleeping.

This workshop is best for expectant parents and those with babies under 12 weeks of age. For older babies be sure to check out the Why Won’t My Child Sleep?! class.

 

Newborn Sleep 101 is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Why Won’t My Child Sleep?!

Do you struggle to get your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep? Does your baby only fall asleep on you and then wake immediately on or just after being transferred? Are you worried about creating “bad” sleep habits? Join Erica Desper, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant to learn the most common causes of sleep issues as well as solutions. Learn why sleep is such a struggle for so many families and how to improve common sleep challenges including bedtime and nap battles, frequent night waking, early rising, and how to gently wean away from rocking and nursing to sleep and back to sleep.

This class is ideal for parents of babies and children 12 weeks – 2 years of age. For younger babies, be sure to check out the Newborn Sleep 101 class.

 

Why Won’t My Child Sleep?! is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Infant Massage

Come learn how to massage your baby! Infant massage increases bonding, improves sleep, and eases gas, colic, and constipation. This one-session, introductory class will cover legs, belly, and back along with a special colic/constipation routine. Fee includes bottle of oil + full-body instruction booklet!

 

Infant Massage is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Healing Services for Miscarriages

LWC offers personalized care and attention to women and couples who experience these difficult losses. Our providers who support this area are not only trained but also utilize local and community resources for in order to offer the most comprehensive, ongoing support.

West Philly Breastfeeding Support Group

Come together with other lactating parents and their nurslings to discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding a baby. Provide and receive encouragement and inspiration as we share, ask questions, solicit advice, and offer suggestions. Cara Puff, IBCLC will be on hand to provide professional support and guidance. Whether you had (or are planning to have) your baby at The Birth Center at Lifecycle WomanCare, or elsewhere, you are welcome to join us!

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South Philly Breastfeeding Support Group NEW!

Come together with other lactating parents and their nurslings to discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding a baby. Provide and receive encouragement and inspiration as we share, ask questions, solicit advice, and offer suggestions. Cara Puff, IBCLC will be on hand to provide professional support and guidance. Whether you had (or are planning to have) your baby at The Birth Center at Lifecycle WomanCare, or elsewhere, you are welcome to join us!

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Rosemont Breastfeeding Support Group

Come together with other lactating parents and their nurslings to discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding a baby. Provide and receive encouragement and inspiration as we share, ask questions, solicit advice, and offer suggestions. Nikki Graham, doula, childbirth and lactation educator, LWC Programs Coordinator, and mom of four, will be on hand to provide professional support and guidance. Whether you had (or are planning to have) your baby at The Birth Center at Lifecycle WomanCare, or elsewhere, you are welcome to join us!

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Phoenixville Breastfeeding Support Group

Come together with other lactating parents and their nurslings to discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding a baby. Provide and receive encouragement and inspiration as we share, ask questions, solicit advice, and offer suggestions. Cara Puff, IBCLC will be on hand to provide professional support and guidance. Whether you had (or are planning to have) your baby at The Birth Center at Lifecycle WomanCare, or elsewhere, you are welcome to join us!

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Lifecycle WomanCare New Parent Support Group – Rosemont

Come together with other new and expectant parents and their babies to discuss the joys and challenges of life with a brand new human. Provide and receive encouragement and inspiration as we share, ask questions, solicit advice, and offer suggestions. Whether you had (or are planning to have) your baby at The Birth Center at Lifecycle WomanCare, or elsewhere, you are welcome to join us!

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