This is one of the best workshops you can take to prepare you for Birth!
You may wonder: What will labor be like? How will I cope with the pain? Will I be able to help her the way she needs me to? The intention of this workshop is to help you connect with each other and feel more confident in your labor and birth through:
Breathing, massage, acupressure and relaxation techniques
Specific movements that can help your baby be in an optimal position for birth
And mother's positions that will help you cope with the pain of labor
You will also learn about the normal process of labor and how the environment affects labor. By the end of the class you both will feel inspired and confident to birth your baby! You can take this class several times if you want, and at any stage of your pregnancy.
Preregistration required. Register early as class size is limited!
Massaging your baby is easy and one of the most rewarding and loving activities you can share together. Regular massage helps to develop your infant’s brain and nervous system, improve visual acuity, and stimulate the senses. It is a testament to the power of loving touch and how it nourishes the deep bond between parent and child. It also helps your baby sleep better and relieves gas and symptoms of colic.
You will practice several massage techniques based on Ayurveda techniques, along with specific baby movement exercises and playful songs that are fun for you and your baby. Fathers or partners are especially welcome at no extra charge.
You can attend one class or more. One class is $30. The full series is $95. If you miss a class during the series you can make it up in another session.
For infants who are pre-crawling (3 weeks to one year).
Please bring an extra blanket or soft towel or two for your baby to keep her warm and comfortable during the massage. Since we will be working with oil for the massage (compliments of SHC), an everyday blanket is best, rather than your treasured heirloom.
A handout of techniques is given for your home practice.
A special gathering for pregnant women to feel nurtured, heard, supported and nourished.
We gather out of selfless service to support and encourage the instinctual life of pregnant women who are trying to birth in power against a modern current of fear and an environment of many interventions.
We are grandmothers, mothers, sisters, midwives, aspiring midwives, doulas, nurses, doctors, yoga teachers, psychiatrists, pharmacists, energy and body workers, ministers and anyone else who cares deeply about simple and sacred birth.
We are here to help her:
Nourish her body, baby and spirit
With support, encouragement and inspiration
Bathe in a sense of belonging
Trust her intuition
Strengthen her confidence in her body – that it has all the right answers
Believe in herself – no one has her knowing
Do it her way
Speak her Truth
Find a place of peace to make her own decisions
We do this through sharing a nutritious vegetarian lunch, talking circle, stories, meditation, and more.
If you want to bring a beloved elder woman in your life please do! We ask that the she bring a potluck dish to share. Please have her contact Colette, who is organizing the shared lunch, by email (email@example.com).
Adjusting to Parenthood
This new mom support group offers additional support for the emotional changes and challenges of adapting to parenthood.
Becoming a new parent can be overwhelming, and it often takes time to adjust to changed roles and unfamiliar experiences. Good support can help ease the transition, especially if it provides a place for new mothers to come together and express the reality of how hard parenthood can be.
Adjusting to Parenthood is a place for women to feel heard and to be honest about the highs and lows of motherhood. It offers a supportive environment in which the full range of postpartum experiences is welcomed, and the everyday realities of being a new mom are understood.
We now welcome kiddos up to 18 mo+ to ensure moms get the support they need. Toddlers are welcome to join us in group, there is no separate childcare.
Drop in fee $15 or 4 class pass $45; pay as you can.
Facilitated by Mia Edidin, LICSW
Mia Edidin is Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Seattle with a private practice in Wallingford. Mia has worked with families for more than 15 years. Mia primarily works with new parents, specializing in pregnancy and postpartum emotional adjustment, attachment, and relationship difficulties. In addition to her clinical work with families Mia is the Director at Perinatal Support Washington- a state wide nonprofit focuses on perinatal mental health. for more info: www.miaedidin.com
For more information about the Seattle groups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 659-7773.
Perinatal Support WA has groups and resources throughout the area, including a call in Warm Line to access support, information, and resources about mental health and new parenthood- for more info please visit www.perinatalsupport.org
This group is co-sponsored by Seattle Holistic Center, Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) and Perinatal Support WA .