The Jewish Birth Network will be running various programs for soon-to-be and new parents in the Boston area. We hope to make online versions of these programs available to those of you visiting from farther away as well.
Birth Circle - Next Circle November 20, 2011! - Come meet other pregnant women and new moms, share experience and ask questions about the miraculous journey to motherhood in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Read more here!
A Time to Birth - Jewish Childbirth Education -
This multi-session class, taught by Rabbi Shira Shazeer, integrates traditional childbirth education with Jewish approaches to pregnancy, birth and early parenting. By the time your baby arrives, you'll have the chance to create a birth plan, and a plan for your baby's bris or welcoming / naming ceremony that reflects your vision of the family you are building. You'll also form a mini-community of emerging families to support each other through birth, brit, babies and beyond.
The next A Time to Birth series starts October 30, 2012. Read more!
Here are some of the classes we hope to be offering soon. Can't wait? Let us know what you're interested in. If enough people express interest in a class we haven't scheduled yet, we'll make it happen!
Oh Baby! - Preconception / early pregnancy class
Jump start your prenatal education, and meet other parents-to-be in the early stages, with a class on how to have a healthy, empowered, and meaningful pregnancy with a Jewish twist.
Welcoming your Baby
Understand the traditional Brit Milah (covenant of circumcision) ceremony, explore contemporary trends in welcoming and naming baby girls and boys, and shape a meaningful welcoming ceremony for your family
Jewish Art and Music for the Birth Process
Explore traditional and innovative art related to pregnancy birth and new babies, and how to use Jewish art and music to shape the birth experience you want.
Holy Strollers - The Jewish Side of Baby Gear
Babies are very small people who seem to accumulate a surprising amount of clothes, toys, and furniture. Bring a Jewish perspective to the consumer culture around pregnancy and babies.
Refresher / Sibling class
A short series for parents expecting second and later birth-order children to review what you know about birth and welcoming. Plus a session preparing big brothers and sisters with the basics of babies, sibling relationships, and welcoming ceremonies.