Are you Expecting?
Designed for expectant parents, this innovative program combines childbirth education with an exploration of the Jewish traditions and rituals connected with pregnancy, birth and parenting. Co-created by the JCC and Rose Medical Center, JBU is a series of six classes. The program also includes dinner with a Mohel to discuss baby naming and circumcision, Babysafe, and Journey to Parenthood.
JBU was the most important thing I did to prepare to be a mom — it gave me an instant network of friends who were going through the same thing. I can’t imagine not having that support system and know that I am a more confident (and therefore better) parent because of it!
Sam, a JBU Participant
During the BabySafe class you will join local pediatricians as they prepare parents for situations that arise in the first moments of life, days and weeks at home… When do you call the doctor? How do you know if your baby is getting enough to eat? How do you manage common emergencies? What about the basics—like swaddling and bathing? We’ll also address safety- water safety, sun safety, and pet safety. Infant CPR is reviewed but does not include certification. For questions or registrations, reach out to Jill Katchen at 303.316.6336 or Rachel Baum at 303.316.6332.
Journey to Parenthood encompasses conversations about the imminent post-partum experience, communication skills, parental expectations and changing identities for both partners, facilitated by skilled professionals and returning parents.
Journey to Parenthood
“It takes a village!” Being equipped to raise your child means more than having the right gear. It means creating a community of support and resources to guide you along your parenting path. During this course you’ll discover an emotional support system, create lasting friendships and become connected to the Jewish community in Denver and all it has to offer.
Bringing a child into the world is often a time to reflect on who you are, what are your core values and how do you want to create a Jewish home for your child? JBU will encourage you to explore ways you can create meaningful Jewish traditions for your family, as well as discuss the rituals and beliefs surrounding childbirth and parenting.
The nuts and bolts of childbirth! The Prepared Childbirth series focuses on three important aspects of the birthing experience: educating birth parents about labor and delivery; breathing and relaxation; and preparing the birth partner to help and offer moral support. Veteran parents will also join the group to share their experiences and answer questions.
Winter 2017: January 8, 12, 16, 22, 26, 30
Spring 2017: March 5, 9, 13, 19, 23, 27
Early Summer 2017: May 4, 8, 15, 18, 21, 25 and June 5
Late Summer 2017: July 9, 13, 17, 23, 27 and August 7
Fall 2017: October 15, 19, 23, 29 and November 2, 6
2016 pricing for Jewish Baby University is $250/family. For financial assistance, please inquire.