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:
Wednesday, April 5: Before Baby: An Evening for Expecting Parents
Mondays, April 24-June 12: Beyond the Bump
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

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)

Before Baby:
An Evening for Expecting Parents

Featuring the debut of
 Baby Box distribution in DC!
Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 pm
FREE but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

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.  Participants who complete a short online education program in advance will each receive a FREE Baby Box, an eco-friendly new baby starter kit that doubles as a safe sleep space.

Beyond the Bump
Mondays, April 24—June 12, 7:15pm
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 seven 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.
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

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