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Classes, Workshops & Support Groups

The Birth Center at LWC Childbirth Seminar

We ask all clients considering LWC for their maternity care to come to an informative Childbirth Seminar, which will give you an overview of the care we provide, and answer any questions that you may have. It is necessary for you to register, so if you are not already done so, please call 610-525-6086. This is a free presentation that lasts approximately two hours.

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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 8 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 October 7th! 

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

A one-session class required for LWC clients who are first-time parents offering detailed information on breastfeeding. Proper latch, positioning, nutrition, bonding, and related issues are covered. Designed for both breastfeeder and partner (two can remember more than one!).

 

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 (New!)

A one-session class for expectant parents that includes access to our New Parent Support Group that meets every other Friday in the LWC classroom in Bryn Mawr. This class is designed to help you survive and thrive during the “fourth trimester.” We’ll discuss newborn behavior; babywearing; infant feeding; 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; preparing to return to work, 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

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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!).

 

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

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From Partners to Co-Parents: Enhancing Your Relationship After Kids

Study after study has shown that, for most couples, marital satisfaction decreases substantially after children. Between sleepless nights, temper tantrums, strained finances, battles over homework, and soccer practices, it’s easy to understand how a couple’s relationship takes a back seat. Before long, you may think of your partner primarily as a co-parent. Furthermore, fundamental identities may change: from wife to mother; husband to father; from best friends and partners to parents. This workshop is designed to give parents and expectant parents tools to navigate their relationship with their partners post-parenthood or during the transition to parenthood, as a stable relationship can significantly improve your child’s or children’s development.

 

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

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TummyTime!™ Method: For Optimal Latch and Feeding

TummyTime!™ optimizes tongue and oral function, making it the best position for baby to strengthen tongue and oral skills for optimal latch and feeding. Without enough exposure to TummyTime!™, baby’s tongue will not function optimally. TummyTime!™ also promotes optimal head shape, helps reduce reflux and gas, and so much more! Come learn how to make tummy time enjoyable for you and your baby!

 

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

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Becoming Grand

Grandparents are an incomparable source of support, encouragement, and wisdom for expectant parents, but many grandparents discover that the latest and best practices in maternal and newborn care have changed since their days of baby rearing. Join LWC nurse and educator Allison St. John, and her mom and experienced grandmother, Danielle Schoeninger, as they discuss what has changed in mother and infant care. They’ll also share the latest updates on products and trends, advice on helping new parents cope, and tips to make grandparent visits, babysitting, and even sleepovers go more smoothly.

 

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

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Discovering Solutions with Essential Oils

Have you been wondering about essential oils? Did you know there are many studies supporting the use of aromatherapy as an effective method of non-pharmacological pain management for labor and childbirth? Join us for an introductory class that will cover how essential oils are made, discerning high quality oils from poor quality, how to use essential oils safely, using essential oils to support everyday wellness, and where to obtain high-quality oils. Each class participant will receive a goodie bag of essential oil samples, a custom-created rollerball, and a bottle of citrus essential oil to start you on your journey.

 

Discovering Solutions with Essential Oils is 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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Know Your Rights: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding in School and in the Workplace

 

During pregnancy and after childbirth, women experience enormous physical and emotional changes in a short amount of time.  Sometimes, those changes may require reasonable adjustments at work or at school, such as help with heavy lifting or more frequent breaks.  Other times, because of their pregnancy, their decision to breastfeed, or their parenting responsibilities, women may experience hostility or, worse, mistreatment. What rights do pregnant and breastfeeding women have at school and in the workplace?  To find out, join attorney Margaret Zhang from the Women’s Law Project for an informational seminar on laws that protect pregnant and breastfeeding students and workers in Pennsylvania.

 

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

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Baby & Me Yoga

Baby & Me Yoga is a great way to enjoy yoga while bonding with a little one. Yoga provides visual, tactile, auditory, and physical stimulation that develops baby’s overall learning and growth.Explore yoga together through breath, poses, music, and lots of fun. This class is designed to restore the body through the foundation of the breath, and is a great opportunity to be in community with other caregivers.

 

Baby & Me Yoga is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Postpartum Care

In cultures throughout the world, the postpartum period has traditionally been honored as a time of deep rest, recovery, and attentive care for the new mother; a time for her to focus on bonding with her baby and taking care of herself with the help of relatives and friends. This one-session workshop, led by an acupuncturist and a health coach, will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the importance of postnatal recuperation through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine wisdom and practices. Participants will learn practical skills and tips to use at home, and ideas to help prepare for this important time. We will discuss how many of these traditional practices can be adapted to modern life.

This workshop is highly recommended not only for expectant mothers, but also for grandparents, aunts, spouses, partners and any caregiver who is able to help the family after the birth.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Postpartum Care is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Family and Friends CPR

Family and Friends CPR is a non-certification course intended for people who do not need a certification card for employment. This course covers infant/child CPR, AED use, and choking relief. Class size is kept small so that individuals can practice their skills in a more comfortable and casual setting. We will run through scenarios that are relatable to everyday situations that parents and caregivers experience.

This course is perfect for parents, caregivers, grandparents, babysitters, or anyone who wants to know how to respond in the event of an emergency

 

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

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The Cesarean Healing Circle

The Cesarean Healing Circle provides a safe place for women to share their stories, begin healing, remove emotional scars, and celebrate themselves as birthing women. By use of visualization techniques and symbolism, participants will find common ground and support while sharing their own unique birth stories in a small group environment that is supportive and understanding.

 

The Healing Circle is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients.

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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.

Lifecycle WomanCare Breastfeeding Support Group – West Philadelphia

All are welcome to attend our bi-weekly breastfeeding support groups. There is no need to register or make an appointment.

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Lifecycle WomanCare Breastfeeding Support Group – Rosemont

All are welcome to attend our bi-weekly breastfeeding support groups. There is no need to register or make an appointment.

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Lifecycle WomanCare Breastfeeding Support Group – Phoenixville

All are welcome to attend our bi-weekly breastfeeding support groups. There is no need to register or make an appointment.

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Lifecycle WomanCare New Parent Support Group – Bryn Mawr

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!

We will meet in the Lifecycle WomanCare classroom (Bryn Mawr location).

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