classes are offered by Breastfeeding Outreach for Greater Washington

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! 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.

Classes for Expectant Parents

Breastfeeding Basics

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

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

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 is intended for expectant parents or as a refresher for experienced parents.  We recommend taking this class 8 weeks before your due date. The instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs.

This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly! Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

 

Breast Pump Basics

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

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

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 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 and is taught by one of our experienced IBCLCs.

This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly! Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

 

Breastfeeding and Pumping Basics

Join us on the first Wednesday of the Month, the fourth Monday of the month, and the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Breastfeeding Center for our Breastfeeding and Pumping Basics Class!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

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.

The instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $60 per person and $70 per couple. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

 

Breastfeeding for Fathers and Partners

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

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

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 is intended for fathers, partners and other support persons of the breastfeeding mother. This is an instructor led class where discussion and questions are invited. The instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs.

This is a free class; please register in advance as these classes can fill up quickly!

Click here to register.

 

Baby Care Basics

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Monday and the 4th Saturday of every month for Baby Care Basics!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

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. We also 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 so you know what to expect in the early weeks of your baby’s life.

The instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. This class costs $60 per person and $70 per couple. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

Babywearing 101

Join us on the third Saturday of the month for our Babywearing 101 class!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

This class is geared toward mothers- and fathers-to-be.

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

Learn the basics of babywearing in our Babywearing Workshop! Join us as we cover the advantages of babywearing, safety, and the how-tos of babywearing before your baby arrives.   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. Class also demonstrates how to safely and properly use slings or carriers. Breastfeeding while wearing the sling or carrier is also covered.

Laci is a postpartum doula (DONA) and certified babywearing educator trained with the Center for Babywearing Studies. Laci discovered babywearing while pregnant and has been wearing her son since his birth. She is passionate about working with new families and empowering them to make the best choices for their family. Laci currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and son. When she’s not working, she enjoys being with her family, reading, and exploring antique stores.

Payment is required in advance for class registration; cost is $35 per person and $45 per couple. $10 OFF your purchase any sling or carrier bought on the day of class! Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Along with this class we offer private sessions! if you sign up for both, you will receive a $15 discount in your confirmation email.

Click here to register.

 

Doula Meet and Greet

Join us the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:00-7:00pm for our Doula Meet and Greet!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

Expected parents are encouraged to attend our monthly Doula Meet and Greet to learn about supported birth and interact with local labor and delivery doulas. This meet and greet session is intended for interested families to research your birth options, and maybe even meet a doula that you would like to work with!

This is a free class; please register in advance.

Click here to register.

 

Infant and Child CPR 

Join us on the 1st Saturday of the month from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or 1:30-3:30pm and the 3rd Saturday of each month from 12:30-2:30pm or 3:00-5:00pm for Infant and Child CPR!

Location: The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036

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.

To register for this class please go to www.frontlinescpr.com   Space is limited so you’re encouraged to sign up at your earliest convenience.   email:  lpunaro@frontlinescpr.com if you have any questions

Childbirth Express

Location: George Washington Hospital Auditorium (Basement Level)
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)
(**Until further notice, LOCATION AND TIME ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE–We will be in touch via email if changes occur**)

Our Childbirth Express class is a condensed, interactive course that focuses on assisting moms and their partners in preparing for their labor and birth experience. The class is taught by a Certified Childbirth Educator with ten years of experience. Objectives include:

– anatomy and physiology,
– what to expect,
– partner’s role,
– comfort techniques,
– pain medications,
– common complications & possible interventions,
– C-section basics,
– postpartum, and
– feeding the baby

Class includes digital notes, videos and other helpful resources (delivered via email) for further information and practice at home.

This class is designed for women and partners intending to have a vaginal delivery, with or without an epidural. You will need two pillows and a floor mat.

A lunch break will occur after the morning session. Please bring your own lunch (and snacks) or you can go to one of our restaurants on campus. Couples should plan to attend a class that begins early in the third trimester.

Click here to register. 

Natural Childbirth Series

Location: Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
1020 19th St NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036
(**Until further notice, LOCATION AND TIME ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE–We will be in touch via email if changes occur**)

Allow natural childbirth to unfold beautifully in the hospital setting. This course will teach expectant parents physical and emotional signposts of labor, comfort measures, birth options for both normal birth and for unexpected situations and many birth positions that promote natural childbirth. Participants will gain confidence in the birth process through careful preparation. Partners are encouraged to attend.

*Please note that this class is a four-week series. You only need to register for the first class*

Click here to register.

 

1-Day Lamaze 

Join us on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:00am-5:00pm for the 1-Day Lamaze Class!

Location: George Washington Hospital Auditorium (Basement Level)
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)
(**LOCATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE–We will be in touch via email if changes occur**)

Enjoy some time preparing for your special “birth” day with a fun, informative, express 1-Day Lamaze Class! You and your support person will learn anatomy, signs of labor, helpful hints for the coach and comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation techniques and various positions to help reverse back labor and failure to progress. Hospital procedures and interventions, medications, cesarean birth and birth day care for mom and baby are also covered. The goal of the course is to provide a balanced approach, combining the benefits of Lamaze with medical practices, if needed, to enable mom to enjoy a positive birth experience.

It is best to finish all classes 4-6 weeks before your due date.  This will provide sufficient time for practice, while reducing the chance of forgetting it all if you take the class too early.

Moms-to-be will want to bring an exercise mat or blanket, 2 pillows and a pen or pencil.

Registrants for this class also receive complimentary review videos and lots of additional resources!

Class is taught by Shelly Matthews, a Lamaze Childbirth Educator with over 15 years experience, who enjoys sharing what she’s learned about the mysteries of birth with expectant families.

Click here to register. 

 

Extended Lamaze 

Location: George Washington Hospital Washington Room
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)
(**Until further notice, LOCATION AND TIME ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE–We will be in touch via email if changes occur**)

Enjoy some time preparing for your special “birth” day with a fun, informative, 4-Week Evening Lamaze Class!  You will learn practical pain management skills, including relaxation, positioning, breathing, comfort measures and massage, with ample time to practice.  In addition the class provides physical and emotional strategies to enable the Labor Partner to provide meaningful support.  Other topics include back labor, slow progress in labor, hospital procedures and interventions, medications, cesarean birth, and immediate postpartum care for mom and baby.  Lamaze provides a balanced approach combining benefits of Lamaze with medical practices if needed.

Classes are taught by Lamaze Certified Educator and Labor Doula, Sarah Sragg, LCCE, CD(DONA).

*Please note that this class is a four-week series. You only need to register for the first class*

Click here to register 

 

Comfort, Communication, and & Positions: Tools for Labor 

Wondering how you’re going to stay comfortable when things get going? Join in with experienced and certified labor doulas, massage therapists and Spinning Babies certified birth workers who will give you concrete, hands-on tools for each stage of labor and unique birth experience. You’ll also learn about variations of labor patterns, when to go to the hospital, and how baby positioning plays a large role in labor! Dress comfortably – this class is designed to MOVE! Bolsters, balls, yoga mats provided. Perfect for families entering their third trimester, as a first baby workshop or a refresher course for families having their second, third, or beyond!

Click here to register. 

 

GentleBirth

GentleBirth 2-day weekend workshop: Goes far beyond the basic’s teaching attendants how to incorporate aspects of hypnoses, mindfulness, CBT, and sports psychology to retrain the way you think about birth. We will set the foundation for a positive, calm and confidence birth focusing on evidence-based practices. GentleBirth does not focus on having an XYZ birth but the best birth for you and your baby. Registrations comes with a 30-day subscription to the GentleBirth App. This app has an abundance of guided meditations, hypnoses sessions, and affirmations along with a digital Guidebook to help you utilize the tools you will learn in class through your pregnancy. Two sessions on selected Sundays from 1:00 to 6:00 Fee $350.

About me: Jackie is a birth worker through and through. She holds several certifications related to pregnancy lactation and early parenthood. She considers herself a lifelong learner and positive thinker. As a mother of 6 yes 6 😉  She has years of personal and professional experience, supporting families since 2001.

Ask the Pediatric Dentist 

About Ask the Pediatric Dentist: Tarantulas, Tigers, and Teething

This open session is geared towards parents new and old who have questions about great oral health for their child including diet, toothbrushing tips and tricks, first visit preparation, breastfeeding and teething discussion and more.

About Jonelle G. Anamelechi DDS, MSPH

Dr. Jonelle Grant Anamelechi is the owner of Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in New Carrollton, MD and Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, NC and the University of North Carolina Schools of Dentistry and Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. She is also a graduate of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Pediatric Dental Residency Program in Paterson, NJ.

Dr. Grant Anamelechi is attending teaching faculty at Children’s National Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. She has privileges at Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, DC) Prince Georges County Hospital (Cheverly, MD) and Bowie Surgical Center (Bowie, MD). Along with professional memberships locally, nationally and internationally, Dr. Grant Anamelechi is the immediate past president of the DC American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a co-leader of the Medical and Dental Collaboration committee for the DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition and the Maryland Dental Action Coalition and the DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition. She is also a speaker for Colgate-Palmolive Oral Health Network Speakers Program. Dr. Grant Anamelechi was recently named one of America’s Top Pediatric Dentists by Consumers’ Research Council of America.

Dr. Grant Anamelechi is married to Dr. Charles Anamelechi who works for Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Together with their son, Nicholas, they love to travel, garden, and discover new foods.

Click here to register. 

 

Ask the Personal Trainer 

This open session is geared towards expectant and new moms who have questions about maintaining/regaining strength before and after birth!

Kaitlyn Wozniak

Kaitlyn is a NASM certified personal trainer and holds a pre/post natal certification through Annette Lang. She also is a certified nutrition coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Kaitlyn’s biggest mission in life is to help other women make peace with their bodies and to debunk the many myths around nutrition and movement!

Click here to register. 

Ask the Physical Therapist 

Bring your questions about:

tummy time
torticollis
flat head
“device” recommendations
motor milestones
what is physical therapy or body work for infants
benefits of infant massage
normal versus abnormal motor development

Dr. Stefanie Morici, PT, DPT is the owner of Infant Physical Therapy of Northern Virginia. She graduated valedictorian from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is an experienced therapist who has worked in a variety of settings, with her focus being in pediatrics for the past 6 years since moving to the DC area in 2012. Stefanie has worked in early intervention performing developmental evaluations and therapy services, charter schools, and for a private physical therapy company.  Stefanie is comfortable working in homes and daycares, fully assessing home environments, and teaching caregivers how to best meet their child’s motor needs.

Stefanie is educated in instructing infant massage, is certified in pediatric kinesiotaping, and is an Early Interventionist trained in infant and toddler development. Stefanie is comfortable performing developmental assessments, physical therapy evaluations, and developing comprehensive plans of care in order to treat infants and toddlers until they fully achieve their goals.  She has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since becoming a physical therapist and is dedicated to using evidence based practice to ensure the most desirable outcomes. Stefanie’s therapeutic approach focuses on manual skills combining several different methods of facilitation, neuromuscular activities, parent education, play based therapy, and coaching.

Stefanie has been clinically dedicated to the torticollis patient population for the last two years and has given multiple presentations on the importance of early identification and management of the condition. Aside from torticollis, Stefanie also has numerous experiences in working with a variety of pediatric conditions including: cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental delay, hypotonia/hypertonia, dyspraxia, and prematurity.

Financial Planning for Baby 

Andrew Soles, a financial advisor and parent of 3, will address concerns that parents face as they adjust to the financial realities of caring for children. Topics will include budgeting, college savings, insurance needs, funding your retirement, and childcare costs, estate planning.
http://andrewsoles.nm.com/

Andrew Soles has a financial planning practice in DC, located just around the corner from BCGW.   He and his wife are parents of three children.  Andrew is a DC native, a former Peace Corps Volunteer and Eagle Scout.  In addition to full days with his kids, Andrew enjoys gardening, Crossfit, running, and canoe racing.

Click here to register. 

Understanding Infant Sleep 

This class is designed to create healthy expectations and habits surrounding infant sleep so that your baby can grow up knowing that sleep is a safe and peaceful time. With a focus on developmentally appropriate expectations and biologically normal sleep patterns, this class will help you understand why babies sleep the way they do.
Information on creating safe sleep environments, parenting sleep tools, and common challenges will help your family navigate and balance everyone’s sleep needs. This class is most helpful for soon-to-be parents and parents of babies younger than 6 months.

Kim Hawley believes that parent’s feel most empowered when they are given factual information and encouraged to listen to their instincts. She has certificates as a Lactation Educator Counselor, Childbirth Educator, Infant Sleep Educator, and Bringing Baby Home Educator. She also holds graduate degrees in both Cultural Anthropology and Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, both from The George Washington University. She previously worked on programs that aimed to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. She is a wife, mom, runner, and lover of chocolate, wine, and coffee.

Click here to register.

Mama-Sense: Nutrition for Expectant Mothers Workshop 

Workshop description:
NUTRITION FOR EXPECTING MOTHERS WORKSHOP: 3-Hour workshop to help mother’s learn how to nourish their body during pregnancy to optimize their health and the health of their growing little one! Topics include: What should I eat now? (Pregnancy nutrition basics), Building your baby’s brain – role of prenatal/postnatal nutrition, Nourishing the microbiome for pregnancy, delivery, & infant health, Nutrition support for labor (3rd Trimester & During Labor/Delivery), Benefits of breast milk – how to prepare during pregnancy, Power of the Placenta, and Nourishing new mama – postpartum nutrition.

***Includes: Lunch & “Mock-tails”***

To register, click here! 

Preparing for a Successful VBAC

During this supportive class, you and your partner will get the facts about vaginal birth after cesarean. In aiming for a Trial of Labor (TOLAC), we will provide you with tips and information to consider if considering a VBAC. You’ll also work on coping skills to help you find peace with whatever your birth experience may bring. We will discuss unmedicated pain options and provide an overview to helpful positions to encourage progress. Clients are encouraged to take this class before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

To register, click here! 

Welcome to the Third Trimester 

Join us for an educational session to help prepare you for the third trimester and after.

What to Expect:

Topics covered will include:

  • What to expect at 3rd trimester pregnancy appointments
  • Common symptoms and how to handle them
  • Nutrition, weight gain
  • Pre-term labor, signs of labor, when to call your doctor, C-section
  • Postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding
  • Choosing a pediatrician
  • Pregnancy resources, safe sleep, car seat safety, infant CPR, and more

Expectant families typically attend this class during the 26th-30th week of pregnancy.

To register, click here.

We offer appts prenatally through weaning! In office or in home (DC, MD + VA) Request an Appointment
Hello. Add your message here.