Connecting the Expecting


A 5-part, mostly virtual, evening series to connect with other expecting parents, learn from specialists, and explore Jewish traditional and non-traditional ways to celebrate your baby! Partners are encouraged to join. Virtual Sessions are 7:30-9 pm. $36 per couple.

Session 1: October 16, 3:30-5 pm, In Person: Gather and Schmooze! Families are invited to get together in-person, outside. (Families are welcome to bring older siblings as well.)

Session 2: October 27, Jewish traditions around pregnancy and birth as a lifecycle event. Learn from a Rabbi and Mohel about traditional and non-traditional Jewish baby naming and bris ceremonies.

Session 3: November 3, A focus on mental health. Connect with a mental health therapist (PMH-C) and OBGYN about (potential) common prenatal and postpartum mental health challenges.

Session 4: November 10, Pelvic floor health. Hear from a Physical Therapist who specializes in pregnancy and postpartum recovery. (Alternative session for parents who are having a baby through surrogacy or adoption will be made available.)

Session 5: November 14, Beyond Breastfeeding. Join a nutritionist Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to ask all your questions about postpartum nutrition, resources for breastfeeding, pumping, or formula, and bottle feeding.

Alternative session for second time parents: Connect with a parent coach who will offer advice on acclimating siblings to a new baby.

Read quotes from our participants!

“The couples we met and formed relationships with through JBaby helped me realize that my husband and I had so many wonderful couples to turn to throughout the incredible, but often daunting, process of expecting our first child. It provided us with a sense of comfort knowing that other future parents had similar questions and curiosities as us, and the guest speakers were wonderful resources to find those answers.” – Caroline Goldberg

“Connecting the Expecting was such a wonderful program. I really feel like we were able to bond with other local couples who are on the same journey as us and we have already become friends with some people in our cohort outside of the program. It will be great having our children grow up together and forging lifelong friendships.”– Mike Bilus

“The Connecting the Expecting Series was invaluable to us as second time parents! What an incredible grouping of speakers who each taught our group something valuable that will enrich our experience as we navigate the adventure to come. It has been so special to view this journey through a uniquely Jewish lens and meet others in the community who are expecting at the same time (and experiencing all the ups and downs of pregnancy). We even realized through this program that one of our neighbors is having a baby just weeks from our due date which will enable us to support one another through maternity leave. Shira did an excellent job of facilitating conversation and introducing us to impactful experts in relevant fields.”– Caren Morganstern

JBaby Connecting the Expecting Registration

Thank you for your interest in Connecting the Expecting. This series has reached capacity. To be among the first to be notified of our next Connecting the Expecting series, please contact Shira at

All JBaby events are open to couples, single parents, parents by birth, adoption or surrogacy, families that are interfaith, LGBTQ+, and multiracial, along with families of all abilities. Let us know if you need any accommodations so that we can best serve you and your loved ones.

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