CLASSES & EVENTS

 

As a community-based resource, the Center hosts several classes and workshops focusing on pregnancy and parenting. All classes are open to anyone in need of support. While our building is under construction, we will hold classes at the CB&FC Annex, located at 2517 Eastlake Avenue E, Suite 102. Following is a list of classes and support services currently being offered.

 

First Weeks

The popular First Weeks class is offered three times a week for new parents and their babies. It provides opportunities to discuss breastfeeding, sleeping patterns, and other issues with Judy Herrigel, a certified lactation consultant and registered nurse or Ann Keppler, RN, MN and coauthor of "Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Newborn," as well as share your joys and concerns with other parents of young babies. First Weeks meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from Noon to 2 pm. This class is drop-in and supported by your donation, there is no registration required. If you'd like to attend, just come to Community Birth & Family Center any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at Noon.

Next Months - Caring For and Loving Your 3 to 6 Month Old Infant

This support group for parents and their infants is a continuation of First Weeks. The group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 every Tuesday and Wednesday at Community Birth and Family Center. As with First Weeks, this is a drop-in group supported by your donation. The Next Three Months is the perfect place to ask questions about yourself and your baby and share your experiences and suggestions with other mothers. Infant feeding, infant development, parenting challenges, family dynamics and the possiblity of returning to work or staying at home will be discussed. Ann Keppler RN, MN, who has spent her career working with parents and infants, facilitates the group.

Sitters and Rollers (6-9 months)

Sitters and Rollers is for the 6 to 9 month old infant and is a continuation of Next Months. Discussions focus on the challenges of parenting a 6 to 9 month old. We will discuss predictable and expected developmental milestones, introducing table foods, dealing with separation anxiety as well as concerns about infant sleep and finding time for mother-care. Sitters and Rollers meets the 1st Monday of each month from Noon-2:00pm at Community Birth & Family Center. This is a drop-in group supported by your donation and it is facilitated by Ann Keppler RN, MN.

Crawlers and Cruisers (9-12 months)

Crawlers and Cruisers is for 9 to 12 month old infants and is a continuation of Sitters and Rollers. Discussions focus on the challenges of parenting a 9 to 12 month old. We will discuss childproofing the home with a moving infant, sleep and feeding concerns, and fostering verbal skills. We will also talk about mother-care, family relationships and considering a next pregnancy. Crawlers and Cruisers meets the 2nd Monday of each month from Noon-2:00pm at Community Birth & Family Center. This is a drop-in group supported by your donation and it is facilitated by Ann Keppler RN, MN.

Let's Talk About Sleep

Let's Talk About Sleep is open to families with babies of any age. Learn about normal and expected newborn and infant sleep patterns, and discuss a variety of strategies to help babies move toward predictable night time sleeping and naps. Let's Talk About Sleep is offered the 3rd Monday of each month from Noon-2:00pm. This is a drop-in group facilitated by Ann Keppler RN, MN.

First Foods

First Foods is a seminar for parents and their infants. Learn the science and philosophy of making it easy to introduce table foods. This is held quarterly at a different location and registration is required. To register contact Ann Keppler at annkeppler@comcast.net. There is a $20 fee per family. This class is held at Seattle First Baptist Church at the intersection of Harvard and Seneca.

Breastfeeding Support Services

Community Birth & Family Center is proud to offer lactation services to anyone in need of support or care. Breastfeeding services are provided by RN lactation counselors formerly of Great Starts Birth & Family Education.

If you are having trouble with breastfeeding, call our pager at (206) 615-8078 and a lactation counselor will return your phone call within a few hours. Free hotline support is available between the hours of 9am-6pm daily.

After discussing your issue, the lactation counselor may recommend an in-person appointment either in our clinic or in your home. Clinic visits cost $50-90 and home visits cost $150. This is a cash-pay service but we will provide you with an appropriate form if you wish to request reimbursement from your insurance company. In cases where urgent care is required, you may need to see your primary care physician.




Community Birth & Family Center Annex
2517 Eastlake Avenue East, Suite 102, Seattle, Washington 98102
phone (206) 720-0511

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