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{Classes and Workshops}

Tuition for Childbirth Education, Bringing Home Baby, and Newborn Care classes may be applied towards Birth Doula services.

 

Bringing Home Baby Class...The baby is here! So now what???

Need to brush up on your diapering skills? What do you do when the baby just won't stop crying? Feeling a little intimidated by all those contraptions? It is very common to feel a bit overwhelmed when bringing home a new baby. Since they don't come with manuals, the next best thing could be a hands on newborn care class. Find out about all the latest tips, trends and techniques for taking care of your new baby once he or she has arrived. Classes are taught privately in your home, virtually or in a small group setting.

As they say, baby's don't come with manuals but with this private personalized class you won't need one! The 6 hour class is taught in a three part series or over the course of a weekend.Class can be taught in a small group setting and is easily personalized. The information you receive will be specifically tailored to your request. You will have opportunities to ask questions, receive hands on guidance and practice, practice, practice!!

 

This class is a combination of Planning your Babymoon and the Newborn care class which are also available to take seperately.

 

The Bringing Home Baby class includes:

  • Sleep patterns and establishing healthy sleep hygiene practices

  • Feeding (breast, bottle or both!)

  • Diapering

  • Bathing

  • Cord Care

  • Nail Care

  • Swaddling

  • Soothing

  • Stimulation

  • Baby equipment

  • Nursery organization

  • Transition to parenthood

  • and for those parents going from one to two or more children...time management tricks and techniques with multiple kiddos

 

Baby Basics Newborn Care Class 

This 3hr hands-on class is all about your newborn. You will leave this class knowing what to expect after giving birth through the first few weeks of life. You will leave this class feeling confident and prepared to care for your family during this special time of bonding and growth. 

 
Topics Covered Include: 

  • Newborn appearance

  • The transition from womb to world and how to support your family during the "fourth trimester." 

  • Skin to skin and newborn care practices that support breastfeeding and the development of a healthy micro-biome

  • Common procedures for the newborn in the hospital and at the first few doctor appointments

  • Hands-on practice with diapering, burping, bathing, swaddling & soothing techniques. 

  • How to know your if you baby is eating enough and when to call a pediatrician or lactation consultant 

  • How to care for both intact and circumcised babies 

  • Tips for maximizing sleep and safe sleeping guidelines

  • Tips for reducing gas, reflux, colic, and digestive distress

 

Planning your Babymoon 

This can be the most magical time yet the most challenging time in your life. A Postpartum Plan is much like a Birth Plan and can help you identify things that will be important to you and maybe reveal something you haven't thought if yet. It helps you plan for a smooth transition, adjusting to your new family dynamics in the first few weeks. Like a Birth Plan, Flexibility is Key when considering that all the potential conditions and “personalities” are unknown. Honor this time as a Rite of Passage. The Babymoon phase only happens once for this baby. Enjoy your baby/babies and yourselves! 

Topics covered are: 

  • Postpartum Plan for you to customize 

  • What to expect for Mom 

  • Self care after childbirth 

  • Physical Recovery and Supplies list 

  • Strategies for Avoiding Sleep Deprivation 

  • Changing relationships 

  • Meal Planning for the Postpartum Family 

  • Caring for the rest of the family 

  • Caring for Pets 

  • How to handle visitors 

  • Newborn care  

 

 

Making the Un-Happy Hour Happier-Soothing Techniques for Newborns 

Babies cry for various reasons but all babies cry. Some a little and some a lot. Some days it may feel like figuring out why the baby is crying is a puzzle that you have the wrong pieces for. Not to worry! Mostly, babies cry simply because they cannot talk. This is how they get their needs met or ask for our help. In this class we will discuss in depth the most common reasons why babies cry, learn evidence based techniques for how to soothe them, and when to seek help.

Topics include:

  • Hunger 

  • Pain

  • Tummy Troubles- Gas, Allergies, Reflux or Constipation 

  • Sleep

  • Over Stimulation or Boredom 

  • Stress 

  • Growth Spurts 

  • Illness 

 

Baby Wearing 

Come discover the benefits of baby wearing! 
This two-hour class will cover all the basics on why baby wearing is important, which carrier is best for you, and it will give you the opportunity to try several different carriers and slings. Perfect for expecting and new parents with babes in arms. 

 

Breastfeeding Basics 

Join me to discuss how to's of breastfeeding including positions, what to expect in the first few weeks, how to  fit breastfeeding into your active life, and establishing the feeding relationship with your baby that you desire. 

Some of the points we will cover include: 

  • What to expect the first 24 hours to the first weeks

  • Normal newborn feeding behaviors 

  • How to establish a good latch 

  • Baby-led latch 

  • Positioning 

  • How to tell if your baby is feeding well and getting enough

  • Pumping 

  • Supply and demand

  • Ways to overcome common challenges 

     

We will also incorporate information that is helpful for partners of breastfeeding parents to know and watch for and how to be involved and supportive in the process of nourishing your baby.

 

 

Baby Led Weaning 

Starting solids is good, messy, healthy fun!  When babies are allowed to feed themselves they are able to self-regulate and explore foods in a safe manner on their own terms. Much like breast feeding, when babies are not forced to eat, they honor their own satiety and have less risk of overeating later in life. Babies won't eat anything they are not ready to consume. If they have fed themselves in a sitting up posture they will spit out what they can't swallow. Although solids don't replace breastmilk or formula feeds until a baby is past their first birthday, by playing with foods, babies can explore flavors, texture, volume and distance. Come learn more about feeding your baby in a whole different way with this ancient introduction to first foods. 

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