Category: Childbirth Class in Portland

Hospital Childbirth Classes

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Birth Affirmations

The below affirmations can be said during pregnancy, as a way to prepare for labor. Read through and pick ones that really resonate with you. Go back to this list as pregnancy advances, your likes may change. Say a few of these every day. It may feel weird at first, but continue saying them. Your body will remember these words as your labor your baby into this world. These affirmations have been gathered from many resources – I choose the ones I felt strongest about.

 

My baby is strong and healthy.

I trust my body.

My belly is full of light and love.

I am a strong and capable woman.

I have patience.

I have an open heart.

My body knows exactly what to do.

My baby feels my joy.

I trust my labor.

I am open to the energy of birth.

I embrace the wisdom of my body.

My body knows how to birth my baby.

I have everything I need.

I believe in birth.

Untapped sources of strength are available to me.

I trust my body to know what it is to do.

I welcome my coming labor as the perfect one for me and my baby.

I am an active and powerful laboring woman.

I feel confident; I feel safe; I feel secure.

I welcome this opportunity to grow and change.

My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.

My cervix opens outward and allows my baby to ease down.

I am a link in the endless chain of birthing women.

I fully relax and turn my birthing over to Nature.

I am willing to release my baby into the world.

I choose a gentle and natural birth.

I see my baby coming smoothly from my womb.

My breath is easy, deep, and full.

My baby will be born at the perfect moment.

I turn my birthing over to my baby and my body.

My body knows exactly what to do.

Each surge of my body brings my baby closer to me.

My body is wise and purposeful.

I am totally relaxed and at ease.

I can handle whatever comes up.

I trust my intuition.

I release my birthing over to my body and my baby.

My baby is safe.

I put all fear aside and welcome by baby with happiness and joy.

I love and trust my body.

I deserve and receive all the love and support I need.

I deserve a gentle, natural birth.

I claim my birthright for a wonderful birth.

I am a wonderful mother.

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All of a Sudden, Your Having a Baby

Occasionally, but rarely, babies decide to make their entrance before you can drive to the hospital or call your homebirth midwives. If you feel the baby is on the way, it’s best to choose to stay at home rather than have a baby in the car. And of course, call your caregiver.

Please know that in this situation, the baby is most likely fine and you will have very little you actually need to “do”. Your midwife or a nurse will probably be on the phone with you if you’ve called and can stay on the phone while they are coming to your house. If you were planning to birth in the hospital, call 911 as well. As scary as this possibility may sound, please know that most parents are very proud of themselves when this happens and that most babies that are born this easily are perfectly safe.

 

What to Do:

Take a deep breath. This is fine. You are fine, the baby is fine, the mother is fine.

Get some receiving blankets or towels and bring them nearby.

Encourage the mom to listen to her body and breathe for the baby.

She should push when she has the urge and not otherwise. If she feels burning pain, encourage her to pant (this prevents her from adding to her pushing effort and helps her stretch well around the baby).

The head of the baby will be born. There can be a pause until the next contraction. The rest of the baby will be born with the next contraction. This is normal. Do not panic.

Be ready to catch the baby when you see the head coming. This is simply a matter of receiving the baby into your hands as it slides out. They are slippery though, so be ready. If you can put some towels down under mom, this will help contain blood and will soften the landing if the baby drops out.

The baby may be a little blue-ish and take a few seconds to breathe. Do not panic-baby is still getting oxygen from its cord.

Talk to your baby; welcome the baby to the world. If the baby is having trouble breathing, wipe his mouth out of mucus and rub his back vigorously.

After the baby is born and in mom’s arms, cover her and baby to keep them warm. Also shut the door and turn off fans. It is very important to keep baby warm. Replace wet blankets with dry ones.

 

What NOT to Do:

Do not freak out.

Do not pull on the baby’s head as it is being born. This is unnecessary and can cause damage.

Do not pull open the vaginal opening, this is not necessary and can cause damage.

Do not cut the cord. The cord does not have to be cut right away.

Do not worry about washing the baby. The baby is fine without a bath, and this could chill the baby, which would be dangerous.

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Finding Natural in the Hospital Room

It’s a mother’s responsibility to educate herself on the most common hospital interventions. Reading books, listening to stories and taking a childbirth class from an experienced teacher and mother is a great start.

I’m looking forward to teaching the next two group hospital childbirth classes in Portland. The first begins in September, the second in October.

I’ve been a childbirth educator since 2009 and have taught hundreds of mamas and families on this journey. As a doula I’ve attended births in all the Portland metro hospitals, including those in Vancouver. And as a midwifery student and apprentice, I’ve sat with many mamas as she has labored through the night and pushed her baby out.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call me directly at 503.737.8834. I look forward to working with some new families this fall.

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Childbirth Classes are a Choice You Make

Sometimes childbirth classes feel like one more thing to cross off the list and other times they are something an expecting mama is really excited about. No matter what camp you’re in, the most important thing is that everyone leaves feeling fully informed about all their choices and prepared to be surprised by what happens during labor and birth.

Most hospital-birthing families who take a childbirth class attend the one offered at the hospital they plan to birth at. No matter what type of class you take, all childbirth classes have the advantage of a group dynamic with the opportunity to form relationships with other expectant families.

When researching childbirth class options, it’s important to understand the differences between independent and hospital-based birthing classes.

 

Taking a Childbirth Class at a Hospital

Hospital-based childbirth classes allow you to become familiar with your birth place, including the hospital’s typical policies, routines and procedures. This information can be freely obtained, however, by taking a hospital tour.

Hospitals must take a “one size fits all” approach to accomodate their diverse patient population. As an institutional entity, they also have policies, routines and procedures they promote. All of this results in classes that lead women toward a typical rather than individualized experience.

Hospitals have high medication and intervention rates and their classes either actively support this or have been ineffective in teaching alternatives.

 

Taking an Independent Childbirth Class

These classes are often more customizable because they are smaller in size and are able to work with each birthing family. It also helps that childbirth educators work privately, without ties to a particular institution or provider, they can more objectively focus on informing and empowering birthing couples to achieve their individual desired birth outcomes.

Independent birth classes boast low medication and intervention rates for their students, and high rates of couples feeling informed, prepared and satisfied with their birth experiences.

 

 

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Portland Birth, Breastfeeding, Cesarean Recovery & Parenting Community Resources

Labor and Postpartum Doulas
Individualized, labor and in-home support for you and your family during labor and the postpartum period.

Full Moon’s Daughter
fullmoonsdaughter.com
503.737.8834
Brooke Noli
portlandlabordoula.com
971.645.1180
Mothertree Birth Services
mothertreebirth.com
503.343.9911
Birthingway Student Doulas
Low cost/free doulas available through the school
birthingway.edu
503.762.1632

 

Breastfeeding Resources & Lactation Consultants
Nursing Mothers Council

Free breastfeeding support including prenatal breastfeeding classes, workplace lactation support and peer counselor phone line.
nursingmotherscounsel.org
Portland: 503.282.3338 and SW Wash:360.750.0656

Birthingway Breastfeeding Clinic
Free support provided by student Lactation Consultants.
birthingway.org
503.762.1632

La Leche League
Free breastfeeding support group and breastfeeding help
llli.org
See website for local phone numbers

 

Beyond Birth Lactation Services at Zenana Spa
Breastfeeding classes and consultations, as well as in-home support. Breast pump rentals.
503.238.6262
beyondbirthservices.com

WIC Breastfeeding Services
For those families qualifying for WIC, lactation consultants are available.
oregon.gov/DHS/ph/wic

Milk Sharing
If you have an extra supply of milk and are interested in donating it, or you have a low supply of milk and are interested in supplementing with another mother’s milk, these facebook pages are wonderful resources.
Modern Milksharing
Human Milk for Human Babies – Oregon
Eats on Feets – Oregon

 

Counseling Services & Postpartum Depression Support
Brooke Noli
portlandcounselor.net
971.645.1180

Gaby Donnell
motherrootscounseling.com
503.287.2295

Wendy Davis
babybluesconnection.org
503.246.0941

Baby Blues Connection
24/7 message line for postpartum depression support
866.616.3752
babybluesconnection.org

 

Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage Therapists
Meigra Simon
503.772.0084
meigrasimon.com

Bonnie McAnnis
503.380.4821

Cheryl Greathouse
503.944.9291

Kelley Burke
503.880.5201


Chiropractic Care
Clearwater Clinic – Dr. Bryan Baisinger
503.279.0205
clearh2o.org

Portland Chiropractic Group – Jenny Brocker
She works on both mom and baby
503.224.2100
portlandchiropracticgroup.com

 

Cranio Sacral Therapy
Clearwater Clinic – Dr. Bryan Baisinger
503.279.0205
clearh2o.org

Portland Chiropractic Group – Jenny Brocker
She works on both mom and baby
503.224.2100
portlandchiropracticgroup.com

Carol Gray
She offers free teaching clinics for babies
503.236.2999
cstdoula.com

Mayan Abdominal Massage
Lorca Wood
503-224-0292

Kwan Yin Healing Arts Center
503.701.8766
kwanyinhealingarts.com

 

Pelvic Floor Practitioners
Clearwater Clinic – Dr. Bryan Baisinger
503.279.0205
clearh2o.org

Tami Kent
503.232.0547

 

Acupuncturists
Mary Grabowska
503.236.6006

Nature Cures Clinic
503.287.4970
naturecuresclinic.com

 

Placenta Medicine
Kelley Burke
503.880.5201

New Parent Support Groups
Providence New Parents Group
You do not need have birthed at Providence or in a hospital to attend
503.574.6595

Zenana Spa and Wellness Center
zenana-spa.com
503.238.6262

New Seasons
Weekly parent groups at various New Seasons Markets throughout Portland
newseasonsmarket.com

Online Support – facebook pages
Portland Mamas
Parenting in Portland

 

Baby Activities
Getting out of the house is important for you and your baby.
Swim Classes
DolFun Academy
503.343.3004
dolfunswimacademy.com

Music Classes
Music Together
503.236.4304
musictogether.org

 

Multnomah County Libraries
Storytimes for children from birth to 6 years old.

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Group Childbirth Class in May

Full Moon’s Daughter is seeking 2 more couples for the May childbirth class. This 4 week series will be catered to all participants.Our classes are hands-on, interactive, and designed to prepare you and your family for a new baby. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • The physical, emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy and labor
  • Nutrition, exercise and sex during pregnancy
  • How pain plays a part in labor
  • Partner and doula support
  • Birth plans and birth bags
  • Pushing
  • Hospital interventions and newborn procedures
  • The first hour after birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Life with a newborn
  • Insert your interest here

Each participant in this class will receive handouts, community resource information and potential friendships with other new families.

The next class is scheduled for May and we will work within each person’s schedule as best we can. We currently have 2 families signed up and are looking for 1 to 2 more couples to make it a go. Please contact us to be added to the list of expecting parents scheduled to attend this class.

Classes are held in NE Portland, off of 15th Street, about a mile north of Alberta St. If a group of friends get together to take this class, we may also be willing to come to your home for each session.

Cost of class is $125 – $150 per couple for 4, 2 hour sessions. Minimum of 2 couples, max of 5.

When: Sign up for May 2010 class sessions. Day and time will be determined by class interest.
Where: NE Bryant Street., Portland, Oregon 97211
Cost: The Childbirth Series is offered on a sliding scale, based on what each person can afford and ranges from $125 – $150 per couple.
Details: At each session you will receive evidence-based handouts about each topic, community resources to take home, potential friendship with other expecting couples, the safe space to share stories, concerns and questions and a group that will support you throughout the rest of your pregnancy.

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Hypnobirthing Language

One of the key components in Hypnobirthing is moving away from the medical language of pregnancy and birth and embracing words that invoke natural movement and transition. Below is a list of medical words with the Hypnobirthing alternative following.

Contraction – Surge or Wave
Coach – Birth companion or partner
Catch the baby – receive the baby
Deliver the baby – Birth the baby
Due Date – Birthing time
Water breaks – Release of membranes
Pain – Pressure / Sensation / tightening
Birth canal – Birth path
Pushing – Breathing baby down
Complications – Special circumstances
Mucous plug – Uterine seal
Bloody show – Birth show
Effacing / Dilating – Thinning / Opening
Transition – Near completion
Fetus – Preborn
Neonate – Newborn
Pateints – Parents
False labor – Practice labor

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Choosing a Childbirth Class in Portland

Why is it important for moms to attend a childbirth class?
Most hospital care providers can only spend, at most, 15 minutes with you during your prenatal appointments. That is not enough time to ask your questions, receive informed care and choice and practice labor positions and comfort measures. Even if you are working with a midwife who spends a full hour with you at each prenatal, it’s still important to receive education from a different perspective.

What happens during most childbirth classes?
That all depends on the type of class you are taking. If it’s a hypnobirthing class, you’ll likely end each session with a realizing visualization / meditation to prepare you for birth. If you’re attending Birthing From Within, then you’ll have a more tactile experience with art supplies and crafts to discover your inner fears and concerns regarding the birthing process. If you’re a Lamaze type of girl, you’ll learn very practical comfort measures to use during birth. The Yoga Way to Birthing is a physical practice and the Bradley Method ensures your partner is involved. And then there are the more eclectic styles of childbirth classes, like those offered at Full Moon’s Daughter – where you get to experience a little bit of everything. So it really depends on what type of childbirth class is being offered.

When should I sign up for a childbirth class?
Most classes are 4-6 weeks long, with the exception of the Bradley Method which is 11 weeks. So around your 30th week is a good time to begin a class. Everything will still be fresh by the time your baby is ready to be born, but it won’t be so late that you’re stressing about missing the last 2 classes because you have a new baby to care for.

What questions should I ask of the instructor?
What is your childbirth philosophy?
Where were you trained?
How many couples per class?
Will there be homework?
Will there be physical activity during class?
Will community resources be provided?
May I see the agenda prior to signing up for the class?

What if the father of the baby isn’t in my life? Can I bring a friend?
Of course! There isn’t a childbirth class in Portland that wouldn’t welcome your birth support person. If you’re having a friend or family member support you because the father of the baby isn’t involved, you might want to consider working with a doula during your labor.

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Private Childbirth Classes in Portland, Oregon

Looking for a custom, personal and interactive childbirth class that focuses on natural and normal childbirth? Well, Full Moon’s Daughter has just that.

The first step is to give us a call (503.737.8834). We’ll talk about when you’re due, where you’re giving birth and what you want to learn. I’ll then email you an agenda based on that information. You email me back and let me know if you agree to the topics. We then schedule dates for me to come to your house.

To your home I bring childbirth movies, large posters, model newborns, pelvises and placentas and art supplies (if you want that). We start the session with a small check in and end with a special closing activity. Each session is 60 – 90 minutes and there is a lot of information passed and always time for questions. At all the sessions you will receive handouts, activities, feedback, homework and community resources.

Private childbirth classes are a great option for busy folks, those that have specific needs and moms who just don’t feel like leaving home one more time.

If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to call or email.

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Group Childbirth Classes – 4 Week Series in March 2010

Full Moon’s Daughter offers positive birth classes catered to all participants. Each class is limited to 5 couples to preserve the integrity of conversation and sharing. Our classes are hands-on, interactive, and designed to prepare you and your family for a new baby. Click here to view topics covered: http://fullmoonsdaughter.com/classes/#group-childbirth-classes

Classes are usually scheduled based on interest and season (winter, spring, summer, fall), please contact us to be added to the list of expecting parents scheduled to attend this class. Classes are held in NE Portland, off of 15th Street, about a mile north of Alberta St. If a group of friends get together to take this class, we may also be willing to come to your home for each session.

Cost of class is $125 – $150 per couple for 4, 2 hour sessions. Minimum of 2 couples, max of 5.

When: Sign up for March 2010 class sessions. Day and time will be determined by class interest.
Where: NE Bryant Street., Portland, Oregon 97211
Cost: The Childbirth Series is offered on a sliding scale, based on what each person can afford and ranges from $125 – $150 per couple.
Details: At each session you will receive evidence-based handouts about each topic, community resources to take home, potential friendship with other expecting couples, the safe space to share stories, concerns and questions and a group that will support you throughout the rest of your pregnancy.

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What to Expect During Labor & Early Postpartum Workshop – January 10

What are the signs of early labor? Have you ever wondered what labor will be like? How will you handle it? What role will your partner, friend or family play in the birth of your child? What do you do with baby after he or she is outside your womb?

This interactive 4 hour workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Birth plans and birth bags
  • Natural and safe labor induction methods
  • What to do once labor begins
  • Early signs of labor
  • Positions, breathing and other pain coping techniques
  • Ways to keep labor progressing
  • Partner’s role during labor
  • Comfort measures
  • Standard hospital interventions
  • Pushing
  • The first hour after birth
  • Common newborn procedures
  • Postpartum care
  • Parenting

Call to be added to our list. There is a winter workshop scheduled for January:

When: January 10, Sunday – 1pm – 5pm
Where: NE Bryant St. Portland, OR 97211, This workshop, with some adjustments, can also be held as a private series in your home or another comfortable space.
Cost: The “What to Expect” workshop is offered on a sliding scale, between $75 – $90, based on what you can afford.
Details: You will receive evidence-based handouts about each topic, community resources to take home, potential friendship with other expecting couples, the safe space to share stories, concerns and questions and a group that will support you throughout the rest of your pregnancy. And maybe lunch, ask for details.

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Winter Group Childbirth Series – January 2010 – 4 Week Series

Group Childbirth Classes

Full Moon’s Daughter’s workshops hope to inspire participants to educate, empower and enable themselves to achieve the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period for which they seek. Our workshops are creative, educational programs designed to include all participants needs by keeping class size small.

We offer positive birth classes catered to all participants. Each class is limited to 5 couples to preserve the integrity of conversation and sharing. Our classes are hands-on, interactive, and designed to prepare you and your family for a new baby. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • The physical, emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy and labor
  • Nutrition, exercise and sex during pregnancy
  • How pain plays a part in labor
  • Partner and doula support
  • Birth plans and birth bags
  • Pushing
  • Hospital interventions and newborn procedures
  • The first hour after birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Life with a newborn
  • Insert your interest here

Each participant in this class will receive handouts, community resource information and potential friendships with other new families.

Classes are usually scheduled based on interest and season (winter, spring, summer, fall), please contact us to be added to the list of expecting parents scheduled to attend this class. Classes are held in NE Portland, off of 15th Street, about a mile north of Alberta St. If a group of friends get together to take this class, we may also be willing to come to your home for each session.

Cost of class is $125 – $150 per couple for 4, 2 hour sessions. Minimum of 2 couples, max of 5.

There is an upcoming Winter Childbirth Series scheduled for early 2010:
When: January 9, 16, 23, 30 – Saturdays, 10am – 12pm
Where: NE Bryant Street., Portland, Oregon 97211
Cost: The Childbirth Series is offered on a sliding scale, based on what each person can afford and ranges from $125 – $150 per couple.
Details: At each session you will receive evidence-based handouts about each topic, community resources to take home, potential friendship with other expecting couples, the safe space to share stories, concerns and questions and a group that will support you throughout the rest of your pregnancy.

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Childbirth Classes w/ Full Moon’s Daughter

What you can expect from childbirth classes with Full Moon’s Daughter:
Openness, compassion, learning, sharing, evidence-based information, resources and community.

Topics that will be covered in childbirth classes with Full Moon’s Daughter:

~ The physical, emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy and labor
~ Nutrition, exercise and sex during pregnancy
~ How pain plays a part in labor
~ Partner and doula support
~ Birth plans and birth bags
~ Pushing and what that means
~ Hospital interventions and newborn procedures
~ H1N1 protocols
~ The first hour after birth
~ Breastfeeding
~ Life with a newborn
~ Insert your interest here

Who is Full Moon’s Daughter:
Full Moon’s Daughter was founded by a pregnancy, labor and postpartum holistic doula who is on her way to becoming a homebirth midwife. Courtney currently apprentices at a local birth center as a midwife and volunteers with Nursing Mothers Counsel. She teaches private and group childbirth education classes as well as special topic workshops throughout the Portland area.

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Upcoming Early Pregnancy Class at Nurture!

imagesCouples expecting their first babies have lots of questions regarding thir choices in pregnancy and childbirth.  Angi Gunther, a Confident Birthing Childbirth Instructor and Courtney Jarecki, of Full Moon’s Daughter Doula Services, are presenting a two-part Early Pregnancy Workshop to answer all of your questions from “What is a birth center?” to “Which breast pump should I choose?”

The Early Pregnancy Workshop will take place at Nurture, October 17th and 18th from 5-8 pm. Day 1 will cover Choices in Childbirth including Care Providers, Birth Place, Water Birth and Prenatal Services.  Day 2 will cover Doulas, Breastfeeding and Eco-friendly Baby Care.  Lots of reasons to attend: guest speakers, goody bags full of community resources, samples & coupons, a cloth diaper demo, a sling demo and more!  Couples can choose to attend both days or just one. $45 per day with dinner provided. Ask about a sliding scale option.

Angi will cover Labor and Birth, Coping Techniques, Relaxation & Breathing, Positioning, The Partner’s Role and Postpartum.  Courtney will be covering exercise, nutrition and supplements, childbirth education options, body work and doula care. A birthing mother’s emotional and physical needs as well as the newborn’s needs are discussed throughout the series.  For more information or to register for classes please email Courtney at courtney@fullmoonsdaughter.com or Angi at confidentbirth@gmail.com

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Early Childbirth Workshop

Full Moon’s Daughter & Confident Birthing are once again offering an Early Pregnancy Workshop at Nurture.

This preparation workshop is for any woman thinking about starting a family, any couple that thinks they might want to start a family, and anyone who already has children and wants more education and information.

As with all our classes, the Early Pregnancy Workshop is organic to what each person wants to learn. In addition to customizing the class to your needs, we will also cover the following topics:

  • The difference between OB/GYN, Certified Nurse Midwives, Naturopathic Midwives, Direct Entry Midwives
  • Hospital Birth Centers, Free-standing Birth Centers and Homebirth options
  • What type of prenatal class best addresses your needs and lifestyle
  • What are pregnancy, labor and postpartum doulas
  • Healthcare support while pregnant and postpartum (Acupuncture, Reiki, Chiropractic, Massage)
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Baby and new mom essentials
  • Breastfeeding resources and accessories
  • Sleeping options for baby
  • Diapering options and cloth diaper demo
  • Baby sling demos
  • Guest presenters who specialize in pregnancy and newborn care
  • Grab bags full of community resources, handouts. coupons, tea and much more will also be provided.

Upcoming class:
When: October 17 & 18
Where: Nurture, a center for growing families. 1614 NE Alberta St.
Extras: Each couples walks away with a goodie bag full of free samples, CDs, coupons and community resources, an opportunity to meet birth professionals in the community and potential friends. Ohh yeah, and don’t forget about the organic, vegeterian meal included during both nights.
Cost Options: The complete workshop is offered on a sliding scale between $75 – $90 per couple, based on what you can afford. Couples can choose to attend one day for $40 – $50.
Day 1: Choosing a Care Provider, Birth Place, Prenatal Classes and Services
Day 2: Doulas, Breastfeeding & Eco-friendly baby care

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Early Pregnancy Class was Awesome

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Full Moon’s Daughter held her first Early Pregnancy Class this weekend at Nurture…and it was great. We had 3.5 couples the first night and 2 the second. The energy was powerful, conversation flowed and the food was outstanding.

There were 3 guests speakers over the weekend that provided unique learning opportunities for the parents-in-waiting. Molly Fitzpatrick spoke about acupuncture, Reiki healing, Shiatsu and Flower Essences. Dr. Michelle Gerbi led the discussion on Hypnobirthing, chiropractic care and pelvic floor work and Milagros, an outstanding store for moms and babies, provided the class with a sling wrap demo…something all new parents can benefit from.

Each couple walked away with a reading material about each topic covered, a goodie bag filled with coupons, free samples, meditation and breathing cds and lots and lots of community resource information. 

Full Moon’s Daughter will be holding another Early Pregnancy Class in October. The date hasn’t been picked yet, so if you know you’d like to attend, give a call or send an email and help us pick the next date.

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