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Presented FREE by The Nesting House:

Cloth Diaper Workshop:

This Cloth Diapering 101 workshop is intended to demystify and simplify cloth diapering for parents interested in investigating them as an option for their child. Participants will discuss why it can be an environmentally sound and cost effective option for families. The workshop will include information about how to get started with cloth diapering, the range of products that are available, and how to choose and care for these products. Product samples will be available to experience firsthand so that participants can make an informed decision. This workshop is FREE.  Please register at thenestinghouse.eventbrite.com.

Babywearing Basics Workshop:

Are you interested in babywearing, but don’t know where to start? Do you want to wear your baby, but are overwhelmed by the vast array of carrier choices? This workshop will introduce new and expectant parents to all things babywearing! Participants will learn the benefits of wearing your baby, review carrier types (buckle, mai tei, sling, ring sling, stretchy wrap, woven wrap) and learn about babywearing safety. Product samples will be available to try on and play with so that participants can make an informed decision about which carrier is best for their family’s babywearing experience. Workshop facilitator is Leah Corsover, certified babywearing expert. This workshop is FREE. Please register at thenestinghouse.eventbrite.com.

New Baby Meetup:

Recommended for new parents and their babies, this informal group is designed for new parents and babies to meet and share with one another thorough the beautiful and often times challenging transition into parenthood. This group meets Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in Mount Airy. This is a FREE event.  No pre-registration required but please check Facebook for any possible last minute cancellations.

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Offerings from Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services:

Birthworks Childbirth Preparation Classes:

Join Brittany Sharpe McCollum of Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services, for a 3-session childbirth preparation class.  Blossoming Bellies’ birth classes are based on Birth Works philosophies, providing a non-judgmental space for women and their partners to find research-based information, explore their birth priorities, and build confidence and empowerment for their birth and parenting journeys.   Classes are designed for women and their partners, birthing in hospitals, birthing centers, and at home.

Homebirth Preparation Class: (South Philly only)

The homebirth-specific group childbirth class is offered in a three week (six hour) format. Class topics are similar to the general childbirth classes and follow the same holistic philosophies but are geared towards couples
choosing to birth at home.
Topics include informed decision making and shared trust between the client and
midwife, pelvic bodywork and optimal positioning of the baby for a smoother labor, nourishment and movement for a healthy pregnancy, mindfulness and partner exercises to build confidence and trust in oneself and each other, the physiological and emotional process of labor, interventions and hospital transfer and when they are necessary,
natural comfort measures and positions for labor, and the postpartum period.

Moving Through Labor: (South Philly only)

Moving Through Labor, is a two hour class dedicated to understanding the pelvis, optimal position for the baby, and movements and techniques for minimizing positioning-related complications during labor. The skills developed in this workshop help expectant couples work through common stall points in labor and can help to avoid unnecessary interventions. We cover pelvic bodywork, creating space for the baby through pregnancy and labor, understanding fetal presentation, position, and attitude (head flexion!) in addition to moving into helpful and supportive positions, and use of the Rebozo for encouraging pelvic, fetal, and amniotic fluid movement.

**Please remember that this workshop is not a childbirth preparation class and does not take the place of a childbirth preparation class. It is designed specifically for focusing more in-depth on complications that can arise in pregnancy due to malpositioning of the baby.**

Breastfeeding 101: (South Philly only)

Breastfeeding 101, a comprehensive two hour workshop, covers the basics of milk production, how to know that your baby is getting enough, proper positioning and latch for successful nursing, possible complications and their resolutions, common breastfeeding misconceptions, and information on storing and expressing milk. Individual concerns are also addressed and techniques and tips to ease the nursing relationship are shared.

Please pre-register for all classes at http://www.blossomingbelliesbirth.com/ 

Brittany Sharpe McCollum, CCE(BWI), CD(DONA) is owner of Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services, providing birth support to the greater Philadelphia area since 2007.  She is a Birth Works certified childbirth educator, a DONA certified and Birth Arts International trained birth doula and a certified breastfeeding counselor with Nursing Mothers Alliance.   Brittany’s classes have been voted Top Childbirth Class in Philly by CBS Philly.

Other Offerings:

Expecting Twins Class:

Twin Love Concierge’s Philadelphia & New Jersey Expecting Twins Classes help connect you with other expecting twin parents in your local area while preparing you in all the key areas for having twins/multiples. We combine the two essentials all new twin parents need – support and expertise. The workshops are run by a renowned Twin Expert and are personalized so that all YOUR concerns are addressed.

This class is recommended by OBGYN’s and High Risk Medical Practitioners all over the country. We provide invaluable education to expecting parents, allowing peace of mind to relax and continue to grow the Twins as long as possible or focus on bringing home the babies.

This is run by Twin Love Concierge and is hosted in all of our locations.  For more information go to: http://twinloveconcierge.com/twin-education-classes/philadelphia-media-expecting-twins-classes/

Infant/Child CPR & First Aid:

Pediatric/Infant First Aid, CPR, AED, and Choking Certification Class :
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR, AED & Choking certification class teaches child care providers and others to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. It covers the four steps of first aid and first aid skills such as finding the problem, stopping bleeding, bandaging and using an Epinephrine pen, as well as child CPR, AED & choking, and infant CPR & choking. This is a certification course that is designed to meet the regulatory requirement for child care workers in all 50 US states.
Participants will receive an American Heart Association certification card that is good for 2 years.
This course is 4 hours long
Please check the calendar for dates at all locations.
See below for required registration information.
Child/Infant CPR,AED, and Choking Non-Certification Class:
This dynamic course teaches lay-rescuer skills in CPR; AED use; and relief of choking in children, and infants. The course uses the research-proven practice-while-watching format. This course is for people who do not need a course completion card for a job or other requirements, and is ideal for community groups, parents, grandparents, caregivers, school groups and students, and others interested in learning how to save a life. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that may require you to work on your hands and knees. 
Participants will not receive a certification card.
This course is 2 hours long
Please check the calendar for dates at all locations
Additional OPTIONAL materials for either class:
Student Workbook: $15
Pocket Mask: $10
Payments are non-refundable, however, you can apply payment to a future class.
Minimum of 2 students required to proceed with a class.
Maximum of 6 students per class.
Please RSVP directly to Laura prior to class
Contact Information:
Laura Williams
Laura Williams is a pediatric nurse and certified American Heart Association Instructor.
Unwrapping the Placenta:
This FREE, 1-hour information session is for expectant parents interested in learning more about Placenta Encapsulation.
The session will cover what the placenta does for mother and baby during pregnancy, methods of placenta encapsulation as well as other placenta remedies, benefits of consuming ones placenta and benefits of delayed cord clamping.

Class cost: FREE
All attendees will receive 10% off of their Encapsulation Service!
Please RSVP to bornwithlovedoula@gmail.com

Facilitated by Marcella DeRosa, CD(DONA)
Certified Birth Doula &
Placenta Encapsulator
of Born With Love Birth Services
Serving Philadelphia and Surrounding Areas

The Nesting House West Philadelphia:

All Around the World Music Class  (age one and younger)

Wednesdays: 12 pm

This music class is a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children and their grown ups that encourages kids, their families and their classmates to explore great global melodies, rhythms and movement.  In All Around This World classes, kids and their parents/caregivers/ educators sing, dance and explore oh so many countries and cultures, “traveling” around the globe region by region, exploring a new part of the world every several months, joining in the fun for any part of All Around This World’s several year ’round the world tour. For more information visit the  All Around This World website.

Registration is $175 for each season of 11 weekly, 45 minute long parent/child classes. Fee paid to instructor.

The Nesting House Mt. Airy (held off-site):

Music with Gina  (ages 6 months to 3 years)

Tuesdays: 9:30 and 10:30 at  at Summit Presbyterian Church at 6757 Greene St (around the corner from the store)

Music With Gina is a class designed for babies/toddlers (ages 6 months to 3 years) and caregivers. The intention for each class is to allow your little one the freedom to express themselves in a positive and compassionate setting through the use of movement, playing and singing. Music classes are meant to enrich, enliven and entertain your little ones! For more class information go to musicwithgina.blogspot.com ; email at musicwithgina@gmail.com

Fee: $12 drop-in, or buy 10 classes for $100.00.  Class cards can be used for any Music With Gina classes.  Fee paid to instructor.

Musical Munchkins: (ages 6 months to 4 years)

Wed. 9:30-10:15 am with Maja Lisa Fritzhuspen
Sat. 10:30-11:15 am with Allison Hilley and Jess McDowell

Enjoy enchanting songs with delightful rhythms and rhymes accompanied
by guitar. These happy musical experiences are geared toward expression
and learning, and feature movement, too. Children enjoy (development-sensitive)
keys, tones, meters and other musical patterns. Come share this robust, holistic
celebration of early music education.  For more information please contact muze@erols.com

Fees:  $12 to drop in or $10 with class card. Fee paid to instructor.


The Nesting House South Philly:

The Nesting House South Jersey:

Music with Miss Michelle (ages 0-5)

Thursdays: 9:30-10

Looking for something creative and fun to do with your favorite pre-schooler on Thursday mornings?  Come out for a weekly music class with Collingswood native and local music teacher, Miss Michelle!  Miss Michelle brings her brand of fun, interactive caregiver-and-me music.  There will be lots of singing, musical exploration with fun beats, and age-appropriate instruments.  A great time to share with your little ones. For more information  please contact Michelle at missmichellemusic@yahoo.com

Fee: Drop ins: $7.00 for 1 child, $10.00 for a family.  Multi-class discount cards available upon request.  Fee paid to instructor.

Music with Miss Michelle (infants)

Thursdays: 1:00

Music class for newborns through crawlers with Miss Michelle!  Come explore a gentle 30-35 music class that will bring baby and caregiver together to explore music in a creative and nurturing environment.  We will play with nonsensical sounds, finger plays, beats and lots of tickles and hugs. Multi-class discount cards available upon request. For more information  please contact Michelle at missmichellemusic@yahoo.com  Fee paid to instructor.

Rhythm Babies Music (ages 4 months – 3 years)

Mondays: 10:30

Rhythm Babies is a traveling company providing early childhood music classes for schools, birthdays, and special events. Our classes focus on a music readiness program with grown up and baby. This program hones skills such as rhythm, melody, and beat. Our music classes are not only an educational bonding experience for parent and child, but a social activity that helps moms connect with other parents and babies. Classes are 45 minutes long and introduce a new theme each week. Recommended for ages 15 months to 3 years old. For more information visit  www.RhythmBabies.com.

Fee: $12 drop in, or $70 for a punch card good for eight classes. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Fee paid to instructor.