Classes

We offer a wide range of free and low-cost classes for expectant, new and experienced mothers of newborns to toddlers. Our classes are taught by our IBCLCs or instructors that are highly qualified in their respective fields. Please register through our calendar!

Babies are always welcome to come to class! Our free classes can be crowded due to our no turn away policy; please register in advance. Due to our limited space, we ask that you leave strollers and/or carseats at home and use a baby carrier instead. If payment is a hardship, please call and ask our Program Director for options.

All of the classes described below can be taught privately one-on-one or for a small group by one of our IBCLCs or instructors.

Breastfeeding and Pumping Classes

Breastfeeding Basics

Join us the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 11:30-1:00 for Breastfeeding Basics!

This class teaches the basic anatomy and physiology involved in breast milk production and breastfeeding. Mothers will also learn what to expect during the first days after birth, as well as what to do if things do not go as planned. Class will discuss what preparation and supplies are helpful. Think of this as Part I of our must-take prenatal classes.

This class in intended expectant parents or as a refresher for experienced parents.  We recommend taking this class 8 weeks before your due date. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly! 

Breast Pump Basics

Join us the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 11:30-12:45 for our Breast Pump Basics Class!

Class will go over breast pump information, as well as breast pump demonstrations. Mothers will also receive instruction on pumping strategies. In addition, pump demonstrations will be shown and mothers will also receive instruction on pumping strategies for the early weeks. This class is class lays the foundation for our Return to Work class (recommended to take a few weeks before returning to work). Think of this as Part II of our must-take prenatal classes. It is also very helpful to take again before returning to work, as a refresher.

This class is intended to be taken after our Breastfeeding Basics Class. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Breastfeeding and Pumping Basics

Join us the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 for our Breastfeeding and Pumping Basics Class!

Breastfeeding and Pumping Basics is the perfect class for working moms and dads-to-be who can’t make our Breastfeeding Basics and Breastpump Basics classes during the workday. This special class is offered at a convenient time for working families and combines the need-to-know information from both of these classes.

This class teaches the basic anatomy and physiology involved in breast milk production and breastfeeding and also the basic information for choosing and then using a breast pump. Mothers will learn what to expect during the first days after birth, as well as what to do if things do not go as planned. Class will discuss what preparation and supplies are helpful. In addition, pump demonstrations will be shown and mothers will also receive instruction on pumping strategies for the early weeks. This class is class lays the foundation for our Return to Work class (recommended to take a few weeks before returning to work).

Return to Work

Join us the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 for our Return to Work Class!

Mothers will discuss how to continue their breastfeeding relationship while working, as well as ways to maintain breastfeeding after you return to work. Advice will be given for breast milk collection, storage and feeding guidelines. Mothers will also receive instruction on pumping strategies.

This class is intended to be taken after our Breast Pump Basics Class. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Breastfeeding Baby 0-4 Months

Join us every Tuesday from 11:30-1:00 and every Friday from 3:00-4:30 for our “New Moms’ Group!”

This class includes discussion of all things related to breastfeeding, and is guided by the mothers who attend. It is a great way to meet other mothers and get helpful advice. Mothers are also able to do weight checks on their little ones.

This class in intended for parents of babies under the age of 4 months. This is support group style class where discussion and questions are invited. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Breastfeeding the Infant 4-12 Months

Join us the last Thursday of every month from 11:30-1:00 for our Breastfeeding the Infant 4-12 Months Class!

This class includes discussion of all things related to breastfeeding, including infant nutrition, extended nursing options and sleep patterns. It is a great way to meet other mothers and get helpful advice.

This class in intended for parents of babies older than four months. This is support group style class where discussion and questions are invited. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Breastfeeding the Toddler 1 Year +

Join us the 1st Friday of every month from 11:30-1:00 for our Breastfeeding the Toddler 1 year + Class.

This class includes discussion of all things related to breastfeeding, especially the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding after the first year. In addition, options and strategies for weaning are discussed. It is a great way to meet other mothers and get helpful advice.

This class in intended for parents of babies over 12 months. This is support group style class where discussion and questions are invited. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Return to Work Support Group

Join us the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00-11:30 for our Return to Work Support Group.

This is a great way for busy families to discuss all things related to breastfeeding and meet other parents.

This class in intended for parents of babies of any age who cannot make it to our daytime classes. This is support group style class where discussion and questions are invited. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Breastfeeding for Fathers and Partners

Join us the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00-11:30 for our Breastfeeding for Fathers and Partners Class!

This much loved class reviews the basics of breastfeeding and discusses how to support the breastfeeding mother. Questions are encouraged! No mothers allowed!

This class in intended for fathers, partners and other support persons of the breastfeeding mother. This is an instructor led class where discussion and questions are invited. Instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Breastfeeding Multiples

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1:00-2:30 for our Breastfeeding Multiples Class!

Breastfeeding more than one baby is so rewarding, but it could also have its own set of unique challenges, which is why we have added a class specifically for both new and expectant parents of multiples.

The format of this class will be support group-style, with Gina Boling, IBCLC and mom of  twins leading the group. New and expectant parents will be able to ask questions and share the joys and challenges of nursing multiples and our lactation consultant will be there to guide the discussion and share information. This class is offered once a month on the 3rd Wednesday at 1:30pm. Expectant parents are encouraged to also attend Breastfeeding Basics and new parents are encouraged to attend Breastfeeding Baby 0-4 Months, however neither of these classes are pre-requisites. This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Parenting Classes

Baby Basics

Join us the 3rd Monday of every month from 11:30-1:00 for our Baby Basics Class!

This class provides an overview of everything you need to know about caring for your infant. We will cover normal newborn appearances, bathing, diapering, soothing techniques and how to read your baby’s cues. In order to help you better absorb the information, this class is hands-on and allows time for Q&A. This is a great class to take before your baby comes so you know what to expect in the early weeks of your baby’s life.

In addition, Baby Basics covers the emotional and developmental transitions and parenting during the fourth trimester.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $35.

Expectant Parents’ Sampler Workshop

Join us the last Saturday of every month from 10:00-1:00 for our Expectant Parents’ Sampler Class!

This course covers need-to-know information about breastfeeding, breastpumping, baby care and infant sleep.

The basic anatomy and physiology involved in breast milk production and breastfeeding will be explained, along with what to expect during the first days after birth and what to do if things do not go as planned. You will also receive instruction on the different types of breast pumps, as well as breast pump demonstrations.

This class also provides an overview of everything you need to know about caring for your infant. We will cover normal newborn appearances, bathing, diapering, soothing techniques and how to read your baby’s cues. In addition, you will learn about the importance of sleep (for both parents and baby!) and strategies to improve your baby’s daytime and nighttime sleep. Our hope is that with this class we can help dispel myths about sleep and help you and your family get adequate, safe sleep.

This workshop is intended for new and expectant parents with limited time and/or are unable to make some of our other classes. Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $100 per couple. 10% OFF ANY purchases after class!

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $100.

Sleep Basics

Join us the 2nd Monday of every month from 11:30-1 for our Sleep Basics Class.

This class is for you if you have ever found yourself asking:

  • Do I need to sleep train my baby?
  • Is the cry-it-out method the only option for getting my baby to sleep?
  • How do I get my baby to sleep more?

In this class, you will learn about the importance of sleep (for both parents and baby!) and strategies to improve your baby’s daytime and nighttime sleep. Our hope is that with this class we can help dispel myths about sleep and help you and your family get adequate, safe sleep. We will discuss the science behind sleep and the implications it has on the breastfeeding relationship, in addition to addressing common obstacles to getting enough sleep and how to solve them.

This is a great class to take before your baby comes! But if you don’t have time to take it prenatally, it is also very useful to take within the first 3 months of your baby’s life.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $35.

Sleep for the Infant 4-12 Months

Join us the 2nd Friday of every month from 11:30-1:00 for our Sleep for the Infant 4-12 Months Class!

Infant sleep is such a controversial topic, with so many conflicting methods and pieces of advice. In this class, we will clear up the misinformation and give you the research-based information you need to make the best choices for your family. Our focus is on you staying connected to your infant and how to avoid cry-it-out sleep training. You will leave this class with the necessary tools for better nights for both you and your baby by creating the right environment for sleep.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $35.

Cloth Diapering 101

Join us the 4th Monday of every month from 11:30-1:00 for our Cloth Diapering 101 Class!

Cloth diapering couldn’t be easier these days. No more pins, plastic pants or toilet dunking. Just easy to use, easy to wash, cute reusable diapers. The only hard part is navigating the different brands, styles and reviews to choose which style is best for you and your baby!

Attend this fun and interactive class with cloth diapering expert, Hannah. Learn how using cloth diapers can benefit your baby and your planet at the same time, and

  • Look, touch, and try out all of the most common brands and styles.
  • Get expert help in deciding which style of diaper is best for you
  • Compare the cost of cloth versus disposable diapers
  • Discuss the common questions and concerns with each style of cloth diaper

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $10.

Cloth Diapering 102

Join us the 2nd Monday of every month from 2:00-3:30pm for our Cloth Diapering 102 Class!

Learn even more about cloth diapering in this new, advanced class! With the help of our cloth diaper expert, Hannah, you’ll explore bamboo and hemp as solutions to heavy wetting, receive suggestions for potty training a cloth diapered child, learn how to “strip” your cloth diapers, as well as other troubleshooting tips. Ever wondered what wool shorties look like? Attend this class to find out!

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $10.

Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing

Join us the 4th Friday of every month from 10:00-12:00 or 12:00-2:00 for our Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing Class!

What are the benefits of babywearing? What options are there? What’s best for me and my baby?

In this hands-on class, you will be able to try on a multitude of different carriers, wraps and slings to see which one makes the most sense for your family. Our babywearing expect will also go over the safety of babywearing and all of its benefits. Class also demonstrates how to safely and properly use slings or carriers. Breastfeeding while wearing the sling or carrier is also covered.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $35. $10 OFF your purchase any sling or carrier bought on the day of class!

Nutrition Classes

Starting Solids, Parts I and II

Join us the 3rd Friday of every month for our Baby’s First Solids Part I Class from 11:45-1:15 and Baby’s First Solids Part II Class from 1:30-3:00!

Starting Solids Part I will explore questions on why, when, and how to start solid foods; including topics of age appropriateness for foods, and allergies. A list of most appropriate first foods will be provided, along with guidelines on how much to feed your baby. Part I is a prerequisite to Part II.

Starting Solids Part II will move beyond the basics of starting solid foods and into more detail; topics include tips on preparing homemade baby food, what to look for in purchased baby food, baby-led weaning, how to make sure your child’s food is nutrient-dense, basic nutritional needs for babies and how to meet them within your family’s diet.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $35 per part.

Toddler Nutrition

Join us the 3rd Friday of every month from 10:00-11:30 for our Toddler Nutrition Class!

This class covers the “how to’s” of developing a healthy feeding relationship to promote healthy eating behaviors. Learn how to develop your child’s feeding skills in a way that comforts the child and supports your intuition. Ideas on healthy meals and snacks will presented, as well as how to continue to feed your toddler well even when you aren’t at home. We will also focus on what your toddler needs to eat and how much is appropriate for optimal growth and health. Intended for parents of children 12-36 months.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $35.

Wellness Classes

Infant Massage

Join us the first 3 Thursdays of every month from 10:00-11:15 or 11:30-12:45 for our Infant Massage Series!

In this hands-on class, parents will learn how to massage their babies to increase bonding, better sleep and help decrease colic and general discomfort due to gassiness. Each week of the series will focus on different strokes and parts of the body and handouts will be provided so you can practice at home too.

Benefits of Infant Massage (for babies 8 weeks to pre-crawling)

· Help your baby sleep deeper, longer
· Reduce or avoid fussy time
· Relieve colic, gas, and constipation
· Ease the stress of the day
· Learn to read baby’s cues
· Stimulate growth and development

Payment is required in advance for class registration. Series is held the first 3 Thursdays (consecutive) of every month; cost is $100 for 3 classes.

Prenatal Yoga

Classes are designed and sequenced to help alleviate common discomforts in pregnancy and to prepare moms for labor and early motherhood.  This class will modify poses for all stages of pregnancy. Strengthen the body, calm the mind and prepare physically and mentally for childbirth.

Your Prenatal Yoga practice includes:

● Asana (postures)

● Breathwork

● Meditation

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $18 per class, $49 for a 3 class pass or $95 for a 6 class pass.

Mom and Baby Yoga

Join us every Tuesday from 9:45-11:00 for Mommy and Me Yoga!

Our Postnatal Yoga class focuses on the strengthening care of Mommy, while including baby. Postnatal Yoga is a healthy and natural way to heal the body after delivery and relieve stress and tension that comes with being a new mom. Through breathing techniques and movement, our postnatal class incorporates calming and relaxing ways to bond with your baby and reconnect to self. Our class fosters an openly supportive space for other moms to connect and bond as well as forge new friendships with other moms. The class will provide rejuvenating and energizing asanas (postures) to help rebuild the key muscle and body groups that were affected by a pregnancy.  Open to all moms and babies six weeks to crawling.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $18 per class, $49 for a 3 class pass or $95 for a 6 class pass.

HypnoBirthing® - not included in the Mother’s Day Special

The next HypnoBirthing® series will be May 5, May 12, May 19, June 2 and June 9 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

The course is taught in five 3 hour classes. Pregnant women attend the classes with the support person of their choice—husband, life partner, other family member, doula, labor companion, etc. The course offers the following benefits:

  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth
  • Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and pain
  • Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs
  • Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
  • Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor, leaving the mother alert, fresh, and with energy to bond with her baby following the birth
  • Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
  • Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
  • Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without the violence of hard, physical pushing

A textbook (with CD), many handouts, and a relaxation CD are included in the cost of the course.

To register, contact Lori at lori@joyfulbirthhypnobirthing.com or 301-365-2428.

Infant CPR – not included in the Mother’s Day Special

It takes two hours of your time to learn skills that could save your child’s life.
During this class you will learn infant and child CPR, AED, and what to do if your child is choking. These are skills anyone caring for an infant or child should have to ensure their safety.

This is the perfect class for parents and expectant parents. It’s also a great class for your nanny, babysitter, or family member who might be caring for your child if you are returning to work. This class is for adults only.

The cost is $65 per person.

email: lpunaro@frontlinescpr.com for more information or to sign up for class

website: Frontlinescpr.com

1-Day Lamaze Class – not included in the Mother’s Day Special

Enjoy some time preparing for your special “birth” day with a fun, informative, express 1-Day Lamaze Class!  You will learn anatomy, signs of labor, comfort measures such as breathing and relaxation techniques, dealing with back labor and failure to progress, hospital procedures and interventions, medications, cesarean birth and birth day care for mom and baby.

Classes meet on the first Saturday of the month (9:30am-4pm).  To register, go to Lamaze-dc.com.

The first four registrants of each class get a free parking pass!  All moms who pay 1 month in advance also get a free review DVD!  (This DVD is also available for $15 if you registered/paid after that date.)

Classes cost $160 per couple.

Miss Amy’s Music Makers Music Together class 6 week summer session

Music Together Classes are based on the idea that making music with children, in the family, and in a community of families enriches the lives of both children and parents, promotes musical growth in children and should be FUN!  We offer mixed-age, family style classes with children between the ages of birth-5 years.  Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, and exploring musical instruments. Even our newborn music makers produce tones, shake their hands, tap their toes, wiggle, and absorb what others around them are singing and playing. The emphasis is upon creating a fun, informal, intergenerational musical experience powered by the caregiver/child dyad. Each family receives 2 CDs and a songbook that include the material covered in the weekly 45 minute class.

To register: www.missamysmusicmakers.com

Rose Physical Therapy Group’s 3 Part Series

Part 1. Dealing with Pre and Postpartum Aches and Pains: Tips from a Physical Therapist  

This class focuses on exercises and stretches to ease or prevent prenatal and postpartum discomfort with focus on hip/low back pain and infant carrying positions.  Various techniques will be taught, including core stabilization and diastasis prevention techniques.  Also, an overview of biomechanics and anatomical changes during and after pregnancy will be discussed.    Seminar attendees should expect in-class participation and coaching.

Part 2. Baby “Furniture” and Activity Centers

In this session, parents will learn proper use of infant positioning devices and activity centers.  The discussion will center around the best ways to promote and ensure full development, which positions and baby furniture to be cautious of, and how to reduce reliance on these devices.  Examples of baby sized rockers, chairs and other containment devices will be covered.  *This is not a seminar on safety devices such as car seats.

Part 3. Developmental Milestones (through age 3)

This seminar teaches which developmental milestones your baby should reach and by what age.  You’ll learn which motor milestones are appropriate at which age, what you can do to promote development to the next level, and a few tips on when you do or don’t need to be worried about motor skills development.

Information on the presenter:

Claire has nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare. She is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) by the McKenzie Institute and is an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist under the United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Claire is certified to provide Active Release Techniques (ART) physical therapy and is an Ironman level partner and sponsor with ART.  Additionally she holds a master’s degree in Special Education with specialties in early intervention and teaching children who are blind or visually impaired. She has extensive experience in orthopedic therapy for athletes, is an expert in spine and back dysfunction, and in early intervention therapy for children.

TO KEGEL, OR NOT TO KEGEL?

Pre- and Post-Natal Care for Your Pelvic Floor

Duration: 60 minutes

Presenters: Ann Udofia PT, DPT and Marisa Alonso PT, MSPT of Body Connect Health & Wellness

Objective: The goal of this interactive, 60-minute presentation will be to educate participants in:

  1. Anatomy and function of pelvic floor and transverse abdominal muscles through visual, verbal, and kinesthetic experience
  2. Dysfunctions of the pelvic floor related to issues of weakness and/or tightness 

(i.e. stress and urge incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, dyspareunia, sexual dysfunction, urgency/frequency of urination, chronic constipation, pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint pain, low back pain, diastasis recti, symphasis pubis dysfunction)

  1. How to know when it is necessary to seek the treatment of a pelvic floor physical therapist
  2. How to activate pelvic floor and abdominal muscles in order to maintain core strength and stability
  3. How to relax overactive and painful muscles in the pelvic floor and abdomen
  4. Appropriate strength training, both pre- and post-partum, for pelvic floor and abdominal muscles
  5. Self-treatment techniques for tight and painful pelvic floor muscles

This presentation will include plenty of opportunities for questions and answers, and the presenters will provide a handout with strengthening and self-treatment exercises to address hip, low back, and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Friday, August 29th, 2-3pm