The Reading Midwife Center offers educational opportunities for our families. We have orientation for out-of-hospital birth for all our clients. This is offered as small in-person groups to adhere to social distancing requirements. Additionally, we have listed here some options for other classes and resources* you can utilize to prepare for your birth experience.
*As these resources are not created or managed by the Reading Midwife Center, we cannot guarantee that we are in agreement with all the information that is being taught. This is not an extensive list, but it is included to give you a starting point for finding a good fit for your family's educational needs.
Childbirth Classes and Support
Jodie Whitcombe is a childbirth educator and doula offering classes at our center. The series covers childbirth, early home care and breastfeeding:
-June will be Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm (June 2, 9, 16).
-July will be Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm (July 7, 14, 21).
-Aug. will be Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm (Aug. 4, 11, 18).
-Repeats monthly. Visit her webpage to register or see more options: https://www.yourbirthhaven.com/childbirthclasses
Lily Werley is a childbirth educator who has over 20 years of experience. She teaches small, cozy classes in her home. E-mail Lily for all class listings and to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany McCollum is a childbirth educator well known in the Philadelphia area and offers virtual class options for many topics including but not limited to: childbirth, infant care, breastfeeding, and pelvic floor health. Her classes can be found on her webpage: https://www.blossomingbelliesbirth.com/
Breastfeeding Classes and Support
Vicky Sullivan is a board certified lactation consultant(IBCLC) local to Berks and does home visits. https://vickysullivantlc.wixsite.com/vickysullivanthelact. Some insurances will also cover an in-person prenatal consult with an IBCLC to provide education about breastfeeding.
Kathy Baransky, RN, CLC will be teaching an introduction to breastfeeding class periodically. Fee is $25 per person/couple. Reach out to our office for class listings and to register.
Katie Madden, of Wilmington, DE is the founder of https://balancedbreastfeeding.com/. There are comprehensive online classes for breastfeeding, pumping to go back to work, and weaning just to name a few.