Community Health Events 2016-10-12T16:55:45+00:00

About our Community Health Events

At Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare, we’re not only committed to your health but the health of all women in the Harrisonburg, VA area. Throughout the year, we organize classes, lectures, discussions, support groups, and other community health events.

Our community events are led by women’s health experts, including some of the healthcare providers you may know from our Harrisonburg clinic. If you or someone you know is interested in organizing an event, get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!

View Our Community Health Events Calendar

Be the First to Know About New Community Health Events

Because they take place at our clinic, many of our community events are limited to 20 or fewer attendees. To be the first to find out about new events, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

New Moms Support Group

Our New Moms Support Group is led by Rebecca Thompson, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

She answers questions and leads discussions about strategies for surviving life with an infant, breastfeeding, peer support, measuring and tracking your baby’s growth, and much more.

This class is intended for pregnant moms-to-be as well as any moms with babies up to a year old.

Planning on attending our New Mom’s Support Group? Let us know!

Lactation Classes

Rebecca Thompson, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), will be leading this clinic on lactation. You’ll learn about the science and benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect, proper techniques, and much more.

Rebecca will also debunk some common breastfeeding and lactation myths to help reduce any anxiety or stress that you might be feeling! Each class is 3 hours long and costs $45 (billable to insurance).

Lactation Classes are limited to 10 couples.

Let us know if you’ll be coming to one of our Lactation Classes! Click here to RSVP or stop by the front desk at our Harrisonburg clinic.

Experienced Expectations Childbirth Classes

Our childbirth classes are led by Sara Nafziger a Certified Childbirth Educator and Registered Nurse. The Experienced Expectations Childbirth Classes focus on topics that include:

  • The physical changes that take place during pregnancy
  • Helpful ideas for the labor coach
  • Position changes to facilitate labor
  • The 3 stages of labor: dilation, pushing, and delivery
  • What to bring to the hospital
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Natural (and medicated) pain relief techniques and medications available.
  • Labor and birthing techniques
  • Birthing types: inductions, Cesareans, assisted vaginal births

Read more about what you’ll learn during our Experienced Expectations Childbirth Classes.

Childbirth classes are either a Monday evening or weekend series.

The Monday evening class series takes place from 6:30pm until  9:00pm, for 4 weeks. The weekend classes held on a Friday evening from 6:30pm until 8:30pm & all day Saturday, from 8:30am. until 3:00pm.

Our childbirth classes cost $85 per series (4 Monday classes or 2 weekend classes).

Click here to see upcoming Experienced Expectations Childbirth Classes.

Register for Experienced Expectations Childbirth Classes or stop by the front desk at our Harrisonburg clinic.

Past Events

First Annual Virginia Birth Expo

Where: Body Renew & Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Ct., Winchester, Virginia

This event will help to connect families with resources to help them on their parenting journeys.

The Oh Baby Expo

Where: Rockingham Fair Grounds (Click for Directions)

It’s a great event for moms, dads, and little ones, too! There are plenty of great giveaways and prizes, plus great information to help you and your family!

Mammography Van by Sentara RMH

On October 19th from 8AM – 5PM, the Mammography Van by Sentara RMH visited our Harrisonburg clinic. If you’re a woman over 40, you were able have your yearly mammogram done without the need to travel to another clinic or hospital.

We’re planning to have the Mammography Van back again in the future. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to be notified the next time it comes to town.

International Festival

Rebecca Thompson (CHES and CLC) provided support at the nursing tent at the Harrisonburg International Festival on September 26, 2015 from 12PM – 6PM.

The International Festival is a celebration of our community’s richly diverse history and culture. It’s free and family-friendly with lots of food, crafts, and fun for people of all ages!

Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare is proud to be sponsoring the nursing tent and proud to be part of this year’s International Festival!

We’re planning on supporting the International Festival again in the future, so if you missed it this year, don’t worry! Just sign up for our newsletter to be kept up to date about our other community health events.