Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Infant Nutrition + Solid Food Introduction

This workshop is ideal for parents with a child two months to one year of age. Class topics include the basics of childhood nutrition and covers the introduction of solid foods to the breastfed and/or formula fed infant. Topics covered include water intake, iron, and vitamin D in the exclusively breastfed baby as well as the "cereal myth" and signs of readiness for solid foods. A food introduction timeline is discussed including the foods with which to begin and how to know the baby is getting enough. Common food-related concerns and food allergies - how to avoid them and how to detect allergic reactions - are discussed. The class also includes basic instruction and tips on making baby food at home and suggests books and websites for more information. Meeting the child's nutritional needs while adhering to alternative diets including that of the vegan and vegetarian are also covered. Time is allowed for questions and handouts are provided for families to take home.

+ $40

+ Ideal for parents with a child 2 months - 1 year

+ Instructor: Brittany McCollum

+ pre-registration required


 

 

 

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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Infant Care Basics

This workshop is ideal for expecting parents.  Class topics include what to expect in your baby in the first few hours and days after birth, the physical and emotional postpartum period, signs of illness and knowing when to call the pediatrician, the basics of diapering, umbilical cord care, care for the circumcised and intact penis, and bathing.  Tips and suggestions for soothing a fussy baby are discussed as well including touch, massage, and swaddling.  The class also covers choosing safe bath and body products for your child and safe co-sleeping.  Time is allowed for questions and handouts are provided to take home.

+ $35 per couple

+ Instructor: Brittany McCollum

+ Pre-registration Required

+ Click here to register

 

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Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Prenatal Breastfeeding

"Breastfeeding 101," a comprehensive two hour workshop, covers the basics of milk production, how to know that your baby is getting enough, proper positioning and latch for successful nursing, possible complications and their resolutions, common breastfeeding misconceptions, and information on storing and expressing milk.  Individual concerns are also addressed and techniques and tips to ease the nursing relationship are shared.

+ $35 per couple

+ Instructor: Brittany McCollum

+ Pre-registration required


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Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

Mindfulness in Parenting (6 wk. series)

Parenting is a deep form of mindfulness practice, and our best mindfulness teachers are our children. Why? Because they show us where our cracks are, as well as our crystals. They provide ample opportunity for us to see our own judging, striving, resistance, suffering - to come into close contact with the inner workings of our mind/bodies. Children are more inclined to live in the moment, and can remind us what that’s like. Cultivating a mindfulness practice allows us to sink more deeply into all of the moments of our lives - to live our lives more fully.
When we’re sitting on a quiet beach, feeling the warm sand, and listening to lapping waves, it can be easy to take a pause to be present. It’s when we’re trying to get naps taken, to get dinner on the table, to understand our teenager, to get homework done or teeth brushed, to negotiate friends or screens or food, to do all of these at once - the normal stresses of parenthood - that’s when being present and choosing how to respond is a formidable challenge. Mindfulness for Parents is not about how to get the naps taken, how to make the dinner, or what to say to your child about her friends or his screen time - we know you will figure that out in your own way, in your own time. This is a mental/emotional skills training course, in which you will cultivate tools that you can use to bring your own presence to every moment, so that when you do decide how to go about getting teeth brushed or homework done, you can do so from a place of awareness and choice, rather than a place of reactivity and stress.

+ 6 week series, $180

+ Instructor: Molly Weingrod

+ Pre-registration required

+ Register here: 
 

 

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Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

FREE Indie Birth Workshop

In this workshop we will dive deep into what birth REALLY looks like and how it really works. Indie Birth's birth education resources have been hugely popular in the online natural birth community but we want to make this information more accessible, and so we have started doing these shorter free immersions to make the most crucial information as accessible to as many people as possible.
This will be a multi-media, experiential learning event. My hope is that you will leave feeling fully immersed in what birth really looks like and feels like when we understand and respect the process. I also hope that you will leave with a stronger sense of what you want for your own birth (if you are planning one) and how you are going to get what you want and need for you and your baby.
Nursing babies and children welcome if you feel like you'll still be able to focus. 

+ FREE

+ Everyone who is interested is welcome - you do NOT need to be pregnant or planning to become pregnant to attend. I love when we have people of all ages, sexes, genders and backgrounds attend! 

+ No registration required, just show up and bring a friend or two!

+ Instructor: Jenna Brown

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Feb
4
1:00 PM13:00

New Parent Support Group

Becoming a parent is life changing. It can feel blissful, terrifying, easy, hard, rewarding, and challenging all at the same time. So much has changed, there’s so many questions, so many emotions, let’s talk about it! Our new parent support groups are facilitated by trained doulas who help guide the transition into the new role of parenthood. Here we share our stories, ask hard questions, reminisce about the joys, and maybe (probably) cry a little. Find your tribe with us, all are welcome.

+ $5 suggested donation

+ this support group is held every other Tuesday

 + no pre-registration, drop-ins welcome 

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Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Labor Skills + Preparation (3 wk. series)

In this 3 week childbirth education series, you will have the opportunity to practice useful skills in preparation for labor, as well as receive unbiased information about the benefits and risks of, and alternatives to the many options you may have along the way. Information will be presented in various formats, and there will be opportunities to move, explore, interact, and engage with the material so that you do not spend the entire time sitting and listening.
All those who attend this workshop, expecting parents and support team alike, will be encouraged to accept responsibility and take an active role in birth. Personal and cultural belief systems about pain will be identified, as will personal belief systems and attitudes about birth, in order to reframe those that are not conducive to positive birthing. Common comfort measures for birth will also be addressed, as will the importance of doulas, labor companions, choosing a birth place that feels safe and a birth team that is supportive and understanding.
You will learn practical tools to support your physical and emotional comfort throughout labor (such as positioning, movement, breath, hands-on support from a birth partner, etc). There will be time to reflect on and discuss how you feel and act in times of discomfort so that you can explore the comfort measures that may work best for you.
You will learn how to use each of these tools as a means to ease both body and mind. We will also discuss how these simple comfort measures can contribute to the progression of your labor, and minimize the amount of time you may spend in pain and overwhelm. We will also discuss how particular comfort measures may or may not fit into your intended labor and birth plan.
Learn about the differences between receiving care through an OB, versus a midwife; hospital birth, versus birth center, versus homebirth; the stages of labor, and common interventions at each stage.
This workshop has been designed to be truly inclusive of all of those expecting a new baby whether single, in a partnership, LGBT+, planning a medicated or unmediated labor, experiencing a traditional or non-traditional pregnancy, surrogacy, or planned adoption.
Your partner, your friend/family member who may be supporting your labor, or your doula is welcome and encouraged to join you for this learning experience.This series is intended to be a supplement to other childbirth education courses you may be taking at your hospital or birth center – while some of the information may overlap, much of it will be different and presented in a new way.

+ 3 week series

+ $220 per pregnant person, each of whom is welcome to bring up to two birth partners with them each session

+ Instructor: Jenna Brown

+Pre-registration required

+ Register here

 

 

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Feb
5
10:00 AM10:00

Developmental Playtime

The AAP says to place our babies on their backs to sleep. Many gadgets we place our babies in have them lying on their backs as well. (Think car seats, baby swings, cribs.) Lying on their backs for too long can lead to head shape concerns and even development issues.
Did you know babies need to be on their tummies for at least 6 hours a day to build their core strength and help them reach important milestones such as crawling and walking? You may have read about TummyTime and want to do it, but your baby doesn’t like it. In class, you and your baby will learn ways to enjoy TummyTime.

Infant massage and TummyTime can also:
- Improve sleep (sleep is as important as food)
- Enhance GI function (baby fussy, gassy, colicky?)
- Promote optimal head shape (love the rounded look, to match the cheeks!)
- Facilitate physiologic brain development (big word meaning that your baby’s brain grows the way it should.)
- Breastfeed more easily (yay!)
- Develop core strength and optimize physical development (Your baby’s body will be more balanced and symmetrical.)
- Build trust and safety (and fun too.)
- Have fun and help your baby develop strength & reach those milestones.

+ $25

+ Best for babies 0-6 months

+ Instructor: Nikki Lee

+ Pre-registration required

+ Scholarship available for our Onward Mama Members! 

+ Register here

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Not A Peep Sleep Workshop
Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

Not A Peep Sleep Workshop

Calling all expecting and tired parents! Are you rocking baby to sleep for hours to put her to sleep? Is your kid waking up in the middle of the night? Are naps non existent? Do you want to learn how to put baby in the right path to good sleep from day one? This class is for you! During this 1.5 hours workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them and how to troubleshoot your current issues. Topics include: Children’s sleep Sleep props and how to prevent and stop them Ideal routines for each age Common sleep problems: Regressions, night wakings, and short naps. Helpful sleep hacks This class is good for children of all ages. Bring all your questions!

+ $15

+ Instructor: Maria Lopez

+ space is limited, we suggest you pre-register for this event

+ drop-ins welcome as long as workshop does not fill up

+ scholarships available for our Onward Mama Members!

+ Register here

 

 

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Feb
6
1:00 PM13:00

Breastfeeding Support Group

Choosing to breastfeed provides so many benefits for you and your baby, but it doesn't always come easy. Come find connection, support, and education on your breastfeeding journey. Facilitated by a lactation consultant who can help answer your questions and provide tips for success!

+ $5 suggested donation 

+ this support group is held every other Thursday

+ no pre-registration, drop-ins welcome

+ expectant parents through all stages of breastfeeding welcome!

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