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Classes, Workshops & Support Groups

At this time, all classes, workshops, and support groups are being conducted online via Zoom. If you are currently enrolled in a class or a workshop, we will be in contact to provide you with Zoom login information a day or two prior. Please email Nikki Graham, ngraham@lifecyclewomancare.org, with questions or concerns and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

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.

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Preparation for Childbirth

This four-week course, required for first-time parents planning to give birth at The Birth Center, 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, required for first-time parents planning a hospital birth, will be held on a Saturday or Sunday from 9am to 4pm. This class is also available to clients planning to give birth at The Birth Center who cannot attend the Preparation for Childbirth series due to scheduling conflicts or a one hour (or greater) commute to LWC. Class content is similar to the four-week series, in a condensed format.

 

Our One-Day Childbirth Preparation class is open to everyone, both LWC and non-LWC clients, as space permits. Please feel free to spread the word! 

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)


New 9-Week class series will begin October 11th! 

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 planning to give birth at The Birth Center and recommended for experienced parents who 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 TBC until your Home Visit. We will review some newborn care, normal newborn behavior, and taking mom’s and baby’s vital signs in the early postpartum period.

 

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

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Childbirth Preparation Supplemental

This one-session class is required for first-time parents who have chosen to take 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.

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Childbirth Refresher

This one-session class is for parents who have already experienced childbirth, but would like a chance to refresh their memories. Review of the process of labor and recognizing when it starts will be covered, as well as an overview of pain-coping techniques, the role of our nurses and midwives, TBC/BMH policies/protocols/procedures, hospital transfer if necessary, and your postpartum stay. Sibling adjustment will also be briefly discussed. In addition to review, this class provides an opportunity to connect with other LWC parents, provide and receive encouragement and inspiration, ask questions, solicit advice, and offer suggestions.

 

Our Childbirth Refresher class is offered to LWC clients. We will open registration to non-LWC clients as space permits. 

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The Fourth Trimester

This one-session class, required for first-time LWC parents who are planning a hospital birth, 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 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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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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Core Restore

Are you ready to reconnect with your abdominal muscles and help assess, prevent, and/or repair diastasis recti and other common issues?

During this workshop we will discuss how to assess for and prevent diastasis recti during and after pregnancy, exercises you can do to help improve core strength, movements and exercises you should avoid, techniques to begin activating and engaging your tranverse abdominis (deep abdominal muscles), and a full body workout that blends barre, pilates, stretching, and functional fitness.

This workshop is great for pregnant people, people who have already given birth (whether recently or years ago!), and birth professionals who would like to learn techniques to help their clients.

This workshop is appropriate for all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.

 

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

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Gentle Sleep Solutions for Tired Families

Join Erica Desper of Confident Parenting for an interactive discussion about sleep and how to get more of it! This workshop is open to parents of newborns through age 5 and consists of both lecture and questions and answers, so bring yours! Topics covered include laying a foundation for healthy sleep, creating an ideal schedule, hands-on ways to gradually wean from assisting your child to sleep and co-sleeping, and hands-on ways to reduce or eliminate overnight feeds.

 

Gentle Sleep Solutions for Tired Families  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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Infant and Child CPR

This course teaches the lifesaving skills of infant and child CPR with breaths and mild and severe airway block for children and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group setting using the American Heart Association’s research-proven, practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

This class is for people who want to learn CPR, but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life.

 

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

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The Cloth Option

Are you interested in cloth diapering, but have questions about the types of diapers available, care and cost? Join us to learn the basics of cloth diapering and whether cloth diapering is a good option for your family. During this one-time session, you will learn about the benefits of using cloth diapers, the types of reusable diapers available, and the basics of washing diapers. You will also learn tips and tricks for making cloth diapering work while traveling, at daycare or with babysitters.

 

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

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Cesarean Healing Circle

The Cesarean Healing Circle provides a safe place for people who have given birth via cesarean to share stories, begin healing, remove emotional scars, and celebrate themselves. Participants will find common ground while sharing their unique birth stories in a small group setting that is supportive and understanding.

The circle will have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 participants, plus the facilitator who also gave birth by cesarean section. The small group size allows for open sharing and creating connections and understanding.  

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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 VIA ZOOM 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

Come together VIA ZOOM 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 VIA ZOOM 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 VIA ZOOM 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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New Parent Support Group – Rosemont

Come together VIA ZOOM 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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