Birth Circle: The Transition to Parenthood

The Transition to Parenthood
Birth Circle Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 24, 7-9 pm

Athens Branch, Athens Co. Public Library
Home St, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

The Birth Circle would like to invite you to attend our monthly meeting. We’ll explore how our relationships with our partners change when the baby arrives. This will be an excellent topic to invite dads or partners to!

Come early to visit with each other. If you’re new, ask for Brandi or a board member and we’ll introduce you to some other folks. Also, hear birth stories by recent moms and dads, ask questions of attendees, and discuss other topics of interest, too. Often, local doulas/birth helpers and independent childbirth educators come, too, whom you can meet.

Contact: Brandi at 740-592-5875 or hollowaygrady -at-


Having a Baby? Ten Questions to Ask

Having a Baby? Ten Questions to Ask
Monday, October 15, 2007, 7-9 pm

Athens Public Library
Home St, Athens, Ohio

A free Birth Circle program for expectant parents. We’ll talk about normal labor, pain relief, birthing positions, and more. This program is designed to educate expectant parents about becoming good health care consumers and encourages parents to participate in the decision-making process of their baby’s birth. Led by Brandi Holloway, Certified Childbirth Educator and doula. Get the most mom- and baby-friendly care possible!

Supported by Lamaze International and Open Meadows Foundation.

RSVPs encouraged: 740-592-5875 or hollowaygrady -at-

Preparation for Childbirth Course

Preparation for Childbirth Course with Lucy Juedes
Tuesday, September 25 – October 30, 2007, 6-8:30 pm
, six Tuesdays
WellWorks (do not need to be WellWorks member)
Grover Center
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
$15 (materials fee only)

For pregnant moms & their birth partners (but moms don’t have to have a birth partner in order to attend). In six Tuesday evenings we’ll learn more about:
* Labor & birth
* The 6 care practices that help with birth
* Natural & medical pain relief options
* Managing complications & interventions
* Relaxation & massage practice
* Maintaining comfort & progress
* New baby & mom care

And thanks to the support of WellWorks, Ohio University’s Wellness Program, we’ll have a drawing where one of the moms and her birth partner will win a one-year membership in WellWorks!

Register: WellWorks 740-593-2093
Questions: Lucy Juedes, 740-594-8039 or lucyj -at-

Prenatal Yoga with Mala Braslavsky

Prenatal Yoga with Mala Braslavsky
September 21-November 16, 2007, 5-6 pm, Most Fridays

Athens Branch, Athens Co. Public Library
Home St, Athens, Ohio

An hour of stretching and relaxation, this class offers a sequence of poses designed to support your body during pregnancy. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Those in any stage of pregnancy are welcome.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. All props will be provided. Avoid large meals beforehand. Mothers only.

Class will not be held every Friday — please call the library at 740-592-4272 for details and to register.

Deborah Armbruster “Maternal Instincts…”

Deborah Armbruster “Maternal Instincts: Lessons Learned from Nursing, Midwifery, & Motherhood”
Birth Circle Event
Saturday, September 22, 2007, 5-8pm

United Campus Ministry
18 N. College St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Deborah Armbruster, CNM, Fellow ACNM, advocates for active management of the third stage of labor as Director of Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage Initiative at the Program for Appropriate Technology for Health, an international nonprofit. Traveling to numerous Asian and Central American countries, she provides training, materials, and resource development to improve maternal and newborn health. Ms. Armbruster also works with midwives in the US, sharing her training, materials, and resource development expertise.

Ms. Armbruster graduated from Athens High School and Ohio University. She also served in the Peace Corps and Liberia and has worked in more than 20 different countries as an advocate for women’s reproductive healthcare issues.

Please join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and an inspiring talk by an outstanding advocate of mother’s health and newborn well-being. A special invitation goes out to those who work with mothers and babies or those who are interested in joining the maternal-child health field. Please share information with friends, family and colleagues who may be interested!

Please note that this special talk takes the place of our regular Birth Circle monthly meeting for September. Due to the limits of the space and format of the talk we will be unable to provide childcare, so please make arrangements for caring for your mobile little ones!

Contact: 740-592-5875 or visit

Le Leche League @ OU Women’s Center

Le Leche League @ OU Women’s Center
Tuesday, September 11, 2007, Noon-1 PM

OU Women’s Center
Baker Center Rm 403, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to all

Beginning this week, the Athens Le Leche League will be providing a consultant to the Women’s Center on every second Tuesday of the month to give free consultations on breastfeeding, one-on-one infant care, and early childhood development.

Contact: Marlene Jenkins at jenkinm1 -at-

Breastfeeding Class for the Working Mother

Breastfeeding Class for the Working Mother
Wednesday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 PM

Lower Level Rm 010, O’Bleness Memorial Hospital
55 Hospital Dr, Athens, Ohio

The class, offered in addition to the hospital’s regular breastfeeding course, covers a wide variety of topics unique to working mothers who breastfeed including: preparing to go back to work, returning to work, pumping and storing breast milk, choosing a breast pump, and other issues such as maintenance of milk supply, and resources and products that are especially helpful to nursing mothers who work. Also an opportunity to see a demonstration of the various breast pumps now available on the market

Contact: 740-592-9468