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A new journey begins here.

We are each on our own, distinct journey. That journey has many different milestones along the way, each that change the course of your path. There is no more rewarding milestone than that of childbirth and starting or growing your family. No matter where you were on your journey before, the JCC connects paths and brings new and growing families together through our family program offerings – starting with our flagship program, Jewish Baby University.

Jewish Baby University

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.

About BabySafe

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.

About Journey to Parenthood

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.

The Pillars of JBU

COMMUNITY

“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.

JUDAICS

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.

CHILDBIRTH

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.

DATES & TIMES:

2021 Fall Session: October 10 – October 25 (baby due December 1 – February 28, 2022)
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*Class schedules, with dates and times of each session, will be distributed after registration is complete.

LOCATION:
Virtual meetings until further notice. Links will be sent after you register.

COST:
$130 per individual
$260 per couple

Online registration closes 2 weeks before the start of each session. If you would like to register for a session less than 2 weeks before the session starts please reach out to Rachel Wool directly at rwool@jccdenver.org. We will always do our best to accomadte your request pending availability.

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Jewish Baby University 2.0

JBU 2.0 is specifically designed for families welcoming another baby. A shortened version of our program JBU, because you have done this before and this time you have another child to consider. JBU 2.0 meets 3 times, twice without your older child and then one sibling class designed just for them to get them ready to meet their new baby sibling.

Class 1: Birth Refresher. Get a refresher on all things related to labor and delivery. This class is not the full prepared childbirth but more of a quick overview and time for question/answer to ensure that you feel prepared for a great birth experience.

Class 2:  Parent education: Get together to discuss all the ways to help make this as smooth a transition process as possible. Hear from a family that recently welcomed their second baby and what worked for them and what they have learned. Rabbi Kaye from Rose Hospital will join at the end of the class to provide a refresher on Jewish baby naming ceremonies and answer any questions you have regarding welcoming another baby into your home.

Class 3: Sibling prep class: We will get those siblings ready by talking about welcoming a new baby, reading a book together, practicing holding baby dolls with parents, and going over typical baby needs. The last hour of the class will be dedicated to creating a gift for the new baby with our amazing art teacher, Amy Berlin!  All new siblings will get to leave with a gift for themselves and one for baby.

DATES & TIMES:
October 5: Prepared Childbirth Refresher (virtual)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 13: Bringing home a sibling parent education (virtual)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 17: Sibling Prep class for older sibling (age 2 to 6)(in person at the JCC)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATION:
Virtual:
Zoom

In Person:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
$72

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Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding education before baby comes can help parents feel more confident when bringing baby home. Breastfeeding is a “natural” process, but that does not mean it is easy. Getting breastfeeding off to a good start begins in the first few hours after birth, and continues on in the days, weeks, and months that follow. Having a solid foundation and understanding of breastfeeding can help ensure the best start possible, and provide more education about when to reach out for support.

In this class we will cover:

  • How you can prepare, before baby comes, to get off to a good start
  • Positioning and latch
  • How to know your baby is getting enough milk
  • What to expect in the first days, weeks and months
  • Common concerns
  • Breastfeeding and going back to work/school
  • Resources

Couples are strongly encouraged to attend together. A well informed partner is invaluable support!

DATES & TIMES:
Thursday, August 5
Monday, November 1

LOCATION:
Zoom. Link will be sent after you register.

COST:
$36
*you only need to register one person, but we hope both partners will attend!

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Car Seat Safety

Join us for a class covering Car seats explained by a certified Carseat technician.  Learn about the different types of carseats, important safety checks, and what is the best carseat for your car.

DATES & TIMES:
Monday, August 9
Thursday, November 4

All classes will take place between 6:00 – 7:30 pm (includes time for Q&A)

LOCATION:
Zoom. Link will be sent after you register.

COST:
$36
*you only need to register one person, but we hope both partners will attend!

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Legacy Planning for New Parents

Join us to learn about Estate Planning when you are expecting a child.

Estate planning and creating a will is always important but increasingly more when a child is present.  In this class Sarah Morris, of Sarah Morris Law will cover what happens if you do not have a plan, explanation of estate taxes, the difference between a will based estate plan versus a trust based estate plan, how and why to choose an attorney to prepare your plan, and more!

In this class we will cover:

  • Nominating a guardian for your children and providing for other protections;
  • Distributing your assets to those you choose rather than having the state do it for you;
  • Understanding your different options between a will and/or a trust;
  • The importance of a comprehensive legacy plan, including several documents and other considerations;
  • Choosing those you trust to make decisions on your behalf, while you’re living but if you become incapacitated;
  • A (very) brief overview the estate tax and how it might or might not affect you;
  • How often to revisit and update an existing estate plan and what this entails; and
  • How and why to choose an attorney to prepare and update your plan.

Couples are strongly encouraged to attend together. A well informed partner is invaluable support!

DATES & TIMES:
Thursday, August 12
Monday, November 8

All classes will take place between 6:00–7:30 pm (includes time for Q&A)

LOCATION:
Zoom. Link will be sent after you register.

COST:
$18
*you only need to register one person, but we hope both partners will attend!

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“Being a part of the JBU class was an invaluable experience for me and my family… I now have a network of mommies with babies very close in age to my son who are always there to help, support and share with us. We couldn’t have asked for anything better to start our family life in Denver.”

Angela Androphy

2015 Jewish Baby University Participant

Jewish Baby University FAQs

Currently, classes are offered four times a year.

Class numbers have ranged from four expecting families to 20! Our average class size is eight expecting families.

Give us a call to discuss! Typically you take your childbirth class in your third trimester. Most expectant parents are due within 1-3 months of their last class. Spacing the classes this way ensures that you will be on maternity leave at roughly the same time as your classmates!

Not at all! We have many interfaith families go through JBU, and have never heard that it made anyone uncomfortable. We work with Judaic instructors who are incredibly open and inclusive. Their method of teaching does not assume that you come to the class with any amount of Jewish knowledge. Instead, they educate, and help facilitate discussions to help you determine how you would like to foster a Jewish home, and raise your child.

If you know based on your schedule that you will have to miss one of the classes, please take the time to discuss this with us! We have a few options for how you can “make up” a class. If your partner can’t make it to a class, but you can, you should definitely still plan to attend. We welcome you to invite a friend or family member to the class instead.

Yes! This course is for all types of family structures. The curriculum is incredibly valuable and relevant, no matter your family set-up. We’re also willing to adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of the families attending each class. Most importantly, we hope to help you build a network of support, and find friends you can lean on and raise your child with.

JBU is an all-encompassing prenatal class that should pave the way for you to begin your parenting journey with confidence. The childbirth portion we offer is your “basic” labor and delivery curriculum. You would only need to sign up for additional classes if you were interested in a particular method of childbirth (for example hypnobirthing, water birth, etc.).

We offer an overview of CPR in our Baby Safe class. If you are interested in a more in-depth training, you can sign up for a CPR Certification course (typically a six-hour class).

We now also offer a breastfeeding add-on class, contact us to learn more. Once your baby has arrived, there are lots of wonderful lactation support groups you can join.

Let us know if you need resources!