L’Mazeltov: Childbirth Classes with a Jewish Twist


A Jewish approach to preparing for your baby’s arrival

Meet other expectant parents, learn about labor and delivery, self-care, choosing physicians, and how to see the new parent world through Jewish eyes. Professionals in the field will join class coordinator Jessica Weiss to teach and to answer your questions. The rabbis and cantor of Temple Isaiah will bring the Jewish component through presentations and “Ask the Rabbi/Cantor?” opportunities. This exceptional program complements traditional childbirth education classes by providing important prenatal information within a Jewish family context.

NEXT SESSION DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Previously Sundays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Contra Costa Jewish Day School Building (on the TI campus)
$180.00 per couple ($50 discount for Temple Isaiah members)
Includes L’Mazeltov Book, snacks, and all course materials

Meet our facilitator, Jessica Weiss
Jessica Weiss is a DONA certified Birth Doula. She trained with Carol Shattuck Rice’s Open Heart Doula training and achieved certification in 2010. She has supported couples through labor at Kaiser Walnut Creek, Alta Bates, California Pacific Medical Center, and Kaiser Hayward. Doulaing helps her share her belief that with information, nurturing, and support, labor can be an empowering, beautiful, and transformative experience. Temple Sinai preschool introduced her family to the joys and community of Jewish family education and she’s thrilled to share a similar opportunity with couples beginning their family lives.

Questions? Email Jessica Weiss at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The curriculum will include these topics and more:

  • Intro to Labor
  • Jewish Prayers for Child Birth
  • Self Care during Pregnancy
  • Jewish rituals to welcome your baby
  • Comfort Measures in Labor
  • Jewish Approaches to Raising Children
  • Breast-feeding Basics
  • Postpartum Self-Care
  • Shaping your family Shabbat
  • Newborn Care Basics
  • Choosing a Pediatrician
  • Jewish Naming Customs
  • The hospital birth experience
  • Medical Interventions & Anesthesia
  • Sharing Jewish Resources, Recipes & Traditions

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