Berwyn, IL - This summer PCC Community Wellness Center will host a series of free community events at the Birth Center at PCC . These “Women’s Night Out” events will foster community, model self-care techniques, and introduce health concepts such as nutrition or physical activity for women and mothers. The first Women’s Night Out event will be held on July 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 6201 Roosevelt in Berwyn.
Friday’s highlights include Nia dancing and belly dancing. “Women who dance together, stay together and create community,” said Mary Sommers, Birth Center Director of Operations. “Pregnancy and motherhood can be isolating because we don’t have places to gather, sing, and dance. Dancing and song often go together in most cultures. It’s a universal truth.”
All events are baby-friendly and do not require an RSVP. Snacks will be provided.
The Birth Center at PCC remains the only free-standing birth center in Illinois. It is a home-like facility separate from the hospital where women can give birth with minimal medical intervention. As a prerequisite for birth center care, pregnant patients must be considered low-risk and otherwise healthy. Patients also attend prenatal classes preparing them for an out-of-hospital birth. Free childbirth education classes are available to patients and community members.
On August 28, Gertrude Lyons, M.A. of the Wright Foundation will discuss mothering and infant attachment. Art and yoga will follow. The last event that will wrap up the series will be on September 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include a Zumba celebration.