Becoming a parent is one of life’s biggest transitions. Often you find yourself without a community of peers to guide you through. Our Baby Class (OBC) creates that village for you, bringing together families in your community with babies around the same age as yours; together you will have a guiding mentor, your teacher, to help you find your way through some of babyhood’s most challenging topics.
OBC teachers offer a 2 week Better Baby Class as well as individual Specialty Classes including Making Returning to Work Work and Your Older Baby. Each two-hour class is designed to provide simple and practical parenting support as well as a safe space to ask questions and share experiences.
Our Baby Class: Better Baby Class
Prenatal Class for Expectant Parents
Final Days of Pregnancy & Newborn Care
(two 2-hour classes)
Minnow Lane, Fishtown
2029 Frankford Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19125
- Monday, March 19 & 26th, 7pm – 9pm
- Monday, April 23rd & 30th, 7pm – 9pm
- Monday, June 4th & 11th, 7pm – 9pm
Midwifery Traditions, Mt. Airy
6837 Germantown Ave | Philadelphia, PA 19119
- Saturday, March 24 & 31st, 11am – 1pm
- Monday, May 14 & 21st, 7pm – 9pm
This class is intended for expecting parents, ideally after 20 weeks.
This is the most comprehensive prenatal newborn prep class on the market. So many people have found their hospital-based newborn classes to be lacking, and we at OBC wanted to give you more. In this four-hour class, we cover everything you need to know from the moment your baby is born through the first two weeks of his or her life. You will leave class prepared to take care of your newborn; you’ll know how to start breastfeeding off right and how to ease the recovery for the birthing mom; and your partner will have a concrete understanding of what they should be doing and how best to support the family through these early days. This class teaches you not just a few survival tips, but it will empower you to thrive as new parents. Class topics include:
- Embracing the final days of pregnancy
- Plans for when you’re in labor
- What is the “fourth trimester”
- The “Golden Hour” after birth
- Benefits of skin-to-skin contact
- Common newborn procedures
- Getting breastfeeding off to a great start
- What makes a great latch
- Taking care of birthing mom’s body after birth
- Newborn care days 1-14
- Typical newborn sleep
- Soothing a fussy baby
- How to have helpful visitors
- Establishing your new family
- A day-by-day guide for baby, birthing mom, and partner for the first week after birth
The Better Baby Class is proud to help families of all shapes and sizes; no matter what your family looks like or how you made it, come as you are and leave with the confidence you need to thrive in the early days of parenting.
$100 ($85 + $15 for workbook)
*$15 non-refundable. Cancellations within 24 hours of class are non-refundable.
Our Baby Class: Making Returning to Work Work
Class Schedule TBD
Call to schedule a class in Torresdale – 215.495.2354
For many parents, returning to work is an emotional and bittersweet transition. This class will help you be as prepared as possible for the big day.
We will complete a lesson that helps you choose and communicate with your childcare provider, your place of work, and your partner so expectations are clear and manageable. Then we will delve into everything you need to know if you are planning to express breastmilk while at work. Lastly, we will explore possible challenges that can pop up after you are back at work, like a disagreement with your childcare provider, or how to find the time to meet everyone’s needs, and what to do when you are missing your baby.
- Preparing to Return to Work
- Choosing Childcare
- Communicating with the Childcare Provider
- Talking to Your Boss
- Talking to Your HR Department
- Introducing a Bottle
- Expressing Breastmilk
- Building a Breastmilk “Stash”
- Breastmilk Storage
- How to Bottle-feed a Breastfed Baby
- Separation Anxiety
- Reverse Cycling
- Missing Your Baby
$ 40.00 ($30 + $10 for workbook)
Your Older Baby: What to Expect Months 6 through 12
2 hour class
Call to schedule – 215-495-2354
Whether your baby is still an infant or already past the halfway mark, this class can be your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know for months 6-12.
We will review the developmental milestones your child is likely to experience in the second half of his or her first year and what this means for baby proofing the house. We will also explore fun ways to interact with your baby and stimulate his or her senses through sensory play. You will learn ten of the most useful baby signs, how to practice the “baby led weaning” method to introducing solid foods, and some tips for dealing with teething and separation anxiety. Months 6-12 are some of the most fun in this parenting journey and this OBC class is aimed at helping you and your baby get the most out of them.
- Sleep Patterns
- Signs of Teething and Ways to Cope
- Separation Anxiety
- Developmental Milestones
- Sensory Play
- Baby Sign Language
- Introducing Solid foods
- Baby Led Weaning
- Baby Proofing
- Positive Parenting
$ 40.00 ($30 + $10 for workbook)
The following values lie at the core of every OBC class and in the hearts of its teachers, founders, and hopefully each of our students too:
Lynn Anne Linahan is also a Bradley® Educator / Bradley® Doula