Childbirth Education Group
The Young Women’s Resource Center is committed to providing support for women* who are pregnant or parenting. The YWRC is often the first place a pregnant or parenting youth will turn to or be referred to for information and services. We take that responsibility seriously and that’s why the YWRC holds weekly classes for pregnant folks where they can participate in discussions and activities while gaining valuable information and support that can often be hard for pregnant teens to find. These groups are for pregnant individuals at any stage of their pregnancy, and are a place to learn pregnancy, development, childbirth, and postpartum. Participants can learn about labor and delivery from a certified childbirth educator and doula.
- healthy pregnancy
- avoiding pre-term & low birth weight
- pregnancy discomforts
- pregnancy warning signs
- importance of prenatal checkups
- pre-labor signs
- stages of labor
- pain relief options
- labor support from partner, family members and the role of a doula
- informed consent & refusal
- advocating for yourself & birth plans
- Cesarean birth
- birth/newborn care & procedures
- postpartum support & baby blues
- belly casts
- creating birth plans
- writing birth affirmations
Any expecting mom up to age 24
Time & day
Tuesdays: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
*We define ‘girls and young women’ as any persons who have been socialized and/or identify as female. Trans and nonbinary friends are welcome.
Questions? Contact us via email or 515.244.4901.
Better Beginnings Doula Program
The term doula comes from ancient Greek which means, “a woman who serves”. Today Birth Doulas provide practical, emotional, physical, spiritual and informational support. Birth doulas stand by their clients during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Doulas aim to empower clients to have the birth they want, as well as have autonomy over their birth and body.
Individual Support Program
The Individual Support Program is designed to empower pregnant and parenting young moms to achieve independence through customized support and education.
The weekly Young Mom’s Program provides education and support to parenting young women in the community. Peer-to-peer support, education and a full meal and childcare are provided for the evening Young Mom’s groups at the Young Women’s Resource Center.