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 via blossomingbelliesbirth.com

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Apr
5
1:00 PM13:00

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group

Join us every first Friday for a free breastfeeding support group run by a trained and experienced La Leche League leader. The La Leche League's mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.  All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to our meetings or call one of our Leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome at our meetings!

+ free

+ facilitator: la leche league leader

+ no pre-registration required, just show up!

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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 via blossomingbelliesbirth.com

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Jul
12
1:00 PM13:00

Weathering The Storm: Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

Becoming a mom is difficult, but if you are struggling with a postpartum mood disorder it can make the transition even harder. Postpartum mood disorders are the number one medical complication related to childbearing and are experienced by up to 20% of postpartum women. Unfortunately they are also extremely under diagnosed and often not talked about. Research shows that participating in a therapeutic group for postpartum mothers can significantly reduce depressive episodes and symptoms. This group is lead by an experienced licensed clinical social worker who has also completed Postpartum Support International's certificate training program. We will cover such topics as, myths of motherhood, psychological and physiological changes associated with the postpartum period, how to build a social support network so that you can prevent and reduce symptoms of a postpartum mood disorder and how to deal with the difficult intrusive and sometimes scary thoughts that often accompany a postpartum mood disorder. The group will also provide a nonjudgmental and safe place for women to talk about their experiences. This group is aimed at promoting a mother's control over her own treatment and will create a respectful space for moms and the group leader to offer suggestions without offering direct advice that can often feel judgmental and not helpful. This group is closed, meaning we will have the same group of women for the six weeks the group runs. This allows for a greater sense of safety and is more effective than groups where new members can come and go each week.

+ $240 for six week series/ $30 for our Onward Mama members (call or inquire within.)

+ Facilitator: Julia Rolf

+ Pre-registration required

+ Pre crawling babies welcome

+ scholarship available for our Onward Mama members. Call or inquire within.

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Jan
3
9:30 PM21:30

Yoga for Childbirth: A series for Parents/Birth Partners

This four-week series will focus on helping partners prepare for birth with breath work, asana (poses) and relaxation techniques. We will work with massage, counter pressure and talk about touch as a way to provide comfort and support progress of labor. We will work with movement, positions and breath work that will help people prepare physically and mentally for birth. Anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor conditioning will be discussed.

+ $120 for four-week series

+ Instructor: Tegan Bernstein

+ pre-registration required

+ scholarship available for our Onward Mama members. Call or inquire within.

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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.

+ $180 for six week series

+ Instructor: Molly Weingrod

+ Pre-registration required


 

 

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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.

+ 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

+ Nursing babies and children welcome if you feel like you'll still be able to focus. 

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Jan
31
1:00 PM13:00

Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Support Group

Real talk: being a new mom can be really difficult. Sometimes your emotional health takes a major hit from the hormonal changes, sleep deprivation and major transition that occurs during the 4th trimester. This group is for new moms who are struggling with feelings of sadness, anxiety, and intrusive and scary thoughts that you may feel like you can't share with anyone. Come share about what has been hard for you during your time as a new mom and learn how to improve postpartum depression or anxiety symptoms you are experiencing. This group is led by a licensed clinical social worker who is trained in helping parents with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

+ free

+ facilitator: Julia Rolf

+ no pre-registration required, just show up!

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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

+ facilitator: Jenna Brown

+ this support group is held every other Tuesday

 + no pre-registration required, just show up!

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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.

+ $220 for 3 week series 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

 

 

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Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

Birth Sharing Circle

Come together and share, listen, laugh, cry and heal. It is never to late to tell your story. Meet us once a month for this free support group. We will come together to celebrate birth, transform and heal in a safe and supportive environment.

+ FREE

+ First Tuesday of every month

+ Facilitators: Terri Simmons and Carol Poorman-Shih

+ No registration required, just show up!

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Feb
4
9:00 PM21:00

Postpartum Strength Series

With a focus on core strength and a conditioned pelvic floor, this series is appropriate for any postpartum person whether your child is 8 weeks or 8 years! Using functional movement and BirthFit!™ techniques, participants will learn how to find their neutral pelvis (essential for pelvic floor “strength”) and a progression of mat and standing exercises that will bring stability and confidence to your core. While not a traditional Mommy & Me class, you are welcome to bring your non-crawling infant.

+ $55 for 4 week series

+ Instructor: Tegan Bernstein

+ Pre-registration required

+ Please have a doctor’s clearance to start normal physical activity; instructor is happy to provide more detail on instruction if helpful for clearance.

+ Scholarship available for our Onward Mama members. Call or inquire within.

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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 (call or inquire within)

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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 (call or inquire within)

 

 

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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 (call or inquire within)

 

 

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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 (call or inquire within)

 

 

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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 international board certified lactation consultant who can help answer your questions and provide tips for success!

+ $10 

+ facilitator: tbd

+ this support group is held every other Thursday

+ no pre-registration, just show up!

+ expectant parents through all stages of breastfeeding welcome!

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Apr
3
9:30 PM21:30

Tiny Bites: Baby-Led Feeding Basics

Maybe you are brand new to “Baby-Led Weaning” and are curious to know more, or you have read the book but have questions about how to take the theory into practice- come learn if baby-led feeding is right for you! Join other parents for this informative workshop which will cover:

  • When is it appropriate to start solids

  • Why Baby-Led Weaning (feeding!) would be right for you

  • Everything you need to get started (hint: it’s simple)

  • Amount and types of foods that are good “first foods” (updated from international guidelines)

  • Gagging vs. Choking

  • Size of foods that should be offered during for a variety of developmental levels

  • Learn how this approach can mean 1 Family = 1 Meal (no more multiple meals!)

  • How important it is to diversify the variety of textures and tastes that your baby is exposed to for palate development (ie, picky eaters)

  • Leave with a (easy) recipe booklet of tried and true baby led weaning favorites. Sample some of the recipes while you are there!

+ $30 for pre-registration/$35 at the door

+ Instructor: Tegan Bernstein

+ Babies are welcome to attend but not required

+ scholarship available for our Onward Mama members. Call or inquire within.

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