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Pregnancy and Parenting Workshops

REQUIRED CLASSES

This class is required for all families planning to birth for the first time at the birth center. Families who have already had a birth at the center at CCWC are welcome to attend but are not required to do so.

Expecting Success: Planning for your Out-of-Hospital Birth and Postpartum

Our Expecting Success class has been custom designed by the midwives at CCWC to answer all your questions about out-of-hospital birth, postpartum and your first day at home with baby.  We will cover a variety of topics including selecting support people for your birth, children at the birth, preparing your supplies to bring to the birth center, preparing your home for immediate postpartum, when to call the midwife, what to expect when you arrive at the center, reasons that may necessitate transfer to Danbury Hospital, rapid birth, discharge from the birth center, assessing yourself and baby once you are home, and details about our 24-48 hour postpartum visit.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is not a substitution for a Childbirth Education class (look below for great options!) The class is offered every 4-6 weeks. Sign up by calling the Center at 203-748-6000 or sign up in person at your next visit.

OPTIONAL CLASSES

Baby Care Workshop

The first month of parenthood can be overwhelming. This short and sweet class is intended for expectant parents who would like some additional education to help them feel more prepared and comfortable taking their newborns home. This class is taught by one of our CCWC RNs. Topics include normal newborn appearance and behaviors, feeding, sleeping, newborn care, and safety.

Cost for this class is $40 per couple. > SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

This class is designed to prepare for successful breastfeeding. If you're expecting your first baby, had difficulties breastfeeding before or would just like to learn more and renew your skills. This class is taught by our Lactation Consultant. You will learn the importance of skin to skin contact, how breast milk is made, normal feeding cues and intervals, breastfeeding positioning and latch, and common breastfeeding challenges.

Cost for this class is $75, support persons welcome. > SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

Mothering
Café

Meet up and make new ones at our drop-in café! Enjoy good conversation, mom-to-mom support, and toys for little ones (and bigger siblings) to keep them occupied. This FREE group is facilitated by CCWC staff and focus on balancing life, womanhood and motherhood. Come one and all, pregnant, postpartum or just to socialize.

FREE.  You do not need to be a CCWC patient to attend. > SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

Mom & Baby Support Group

New! This is a weekly gathering of moms and babies for informal discussion of mothering, breastfeeding, and resources provided in a supportive environment. It is a nice way to meet other moms and get out of the house! This group is led by an RN and IBCLC to directly answer your breastfeeding questions and give information. Weights on baby can be done at group. Generally meant for moms and infants < 1yrs.

Fee: $20/session or $100 for 6 sessions; sliding scale available.  > SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

Alternatives in Childbirth

A one day intensive childbirth education class focused on the natural physiologic process of labor and birth. This course blends methods from Lamaze-six healthy birth practices, Birth Arts and mindfulness. This class is taught by one of the midwives, Lindsay, a Lamaze Certified Instructor and educator in training, Sandy. Relaxation and coping techniques, communication and movement in labor highlight this class.

Cost of this class is $175. > SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

Support Partners Class

This class is designed to educate, inform, and guide support persons so they have tools to help create a loving and supportive birth scenario for mom and baby. Also, brief postpartum support review. It lasts 90 minutes, and support persons and mom attend together. We strongly encourage this course for anyone who will be in a supportive role during mom's labor and delivery.

Cost for this class is $40 a pair, $15 each additional support person. > SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

Healthy Pregnancy Series

A brief but thorough review of nutrition and movement, mindfulness and self-care techniques.
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