Preventing a Primary C-Section
Facing the prospect of giving birth in Miami can be daunting. In a city where the rate of Caesarean rate is over 51 percent securing a vaginal birth requires lots of education and maybe a bit of luck. There is no question that C-sections save lives. They are an important option when complications arise and surgery becomes medically necessary. The problem is that definitions of "medically necessary' vary greatly between care providers and often normal physiologic birth is not prioritized. As of last year, the state of Florida held quite a dubious record: the highest Caesarean rate in the country. In Florida, there is no city that has a higher C-section rate than Miami which accounts for six out of the seven hospitals in Florida with a C-section rate of over 50 percent. Many complex factors contribute to the high number of c-sections in Miami including the side effects of common labor interventions, casual attitudes about surgery and cesarean sections in particular and providers’ fears of malpractice claims and lawsuits. If a vaginal birth is priority how do you make choices? This workshop is designed to provide women with the tools necessary to have an optimal chance to have a vaginal birth in the city with the highest c-section rate in the United States.
Your Amazing Newborn: Basic Baby Care
This class is offered to new parents and adoptive parents interested in learning important skills before the new baby arrives. We'll cover basic techniques to care for your newborn. The class will include a discussion of infant cues, sleep and feeding habits, the signs and symptoms of illness, newborn characteristics, infant milestones, bathing/hygiene, diapers/diapering, strategies for coping with crying and tips for adjusting to life with a new baby. This is a great class for first time parents. Our small group size allows for demonstration and practice, as well as a pace conducive to discussion of individual needs. Expectant mothers are encouraged to bring a support person – partner, mother, best friend, etc.
Grow a Healthy Baby: Essentials of Prenatal Nutrition
The importance of nutrition in pregnancy cannot be overstated. Proper nutrition maintains your body’s energy requirements, provides crucial fuel for the development of new tissues, and builds energy reserves for postpartum lactation. Adequate nutrition can help to reduce the chances of health complications like Toxemia, PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension) and Low Iron. This class provides basic information on how to prepare your body for pregnancy and how to maintain a healthy diet throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Topics include: key nutrients for you and your baby, balancing healthy meals and recipes, “tuning in” to your body and food cravings, appropriate weight gain during pregnancy and cultivating a healthy pregnancy lifestyle. You will receive a personalized evaluation and review the quality of your diet as well as a discussion of your eating and lifestyle habits. For those who are interested additional sessions can be scheduled with our Certified Nutritionist to develop a healthy eating plan.
Eating for Two
It's true that when you're pregnant you really are eating for two, but one of you is very, very small! In reality, growing a new baby uses up only an extra 300 to 350 calories a day, which is roughly the number of calories in a bagel with cream cheese, two glasses of low-fat milk or an open-face PB&J sandwich. So you can see that you really don't need a whole lot of extra food for that tiny baby! Just a little extra will suffice. What you do need is quality foods, those that are high in nutrients. Eating healthy foods during pregnancy is not a diet – it's just a smart and easy way to be sure you and your baby are getting the vitamins and minerals you both need for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. This class will have you feeling confident about food choices you are making for yourself and your baby. We will learn how to integrate raw foods and ayurvedic eating into a busy house-hold. There will be plenty of time each week to address and find natural solutions for your individual concerns.
Great Expectations: Choices in Childbirth
Freedom of choice exists through the knowledge of possibilities. There are many choices to make when you are pregnant. You need to choose how and where to give birth. You need to choose who will provide your prenatal care. You have to decide who will be with you at the birth. To make confident and informed choices you need to be aware of all the available options and understand how your choices will impact your birth experience. This course is designed to help parents explore their options through discussion, small group activities and videos. We will present all birthing options so you are empowered to choose the path that is right for your particular needs and circumstances. If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any! We offer private consultations for anyone seeking more in depth guidance about planning the birth of their baby.
Choosing a Homebirth
Numerous studies comparing outcomes between low-risk women receiving standard obstetric management versus similar women receiving less interventive midwifery care have found that women and their babies receiving midwifery care did equally well or better. If you are considering or planning a home birth, you must be well prepared and confident in your choice. In the end, it comes down to you making an informed decision based on the balance between the risks and benefits of homebirth versus hospital birth. This class is designed to help you gather information to make this assessment, weighing your particular circumstances and the skills and experience of the homebirth practitioner you choose against the local hospital care available to you.
Comfort Measures for Labor
This is a class for pregnant women who would like to spend more time preparing for an un-medicated birth. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the comfort measures that can be used for labor at a slower pace. This class is for those who have already had a child or who have taken a childbirth education series and would like more hands-on practice of comfort measures. This is a great class for dads or anyone else who will be attending your birth. Come prepared to be active!
Cloth Diapering 101
Have you considered using cloth diapers? Are you sure you want to use cloth but are confused by all the options? Do you want to know more about washing and using cloth diapers? This workshop is for you! We’ll discuss the benefits of using cloth diapers, washing your own diapers & using a diaper service. Then we’ll show you the different cloth diaper products and how to use each. If you decide to buy cloth diapers, we’ll help you come up with a system to match your budget. This workshop is a great tool to help you wade through the options. This workshop presents an overview of cloth diapers, and is best to take before baby comes. If you have a specific question about cloth diapers, or have a little one who won’t sit through a workshop, please come into the store and we will be happy to help you one-on-one.
The Art of Baby Wearing
Babywearing has been growing in popularity in recent years but there in nothing new about this practice. Mothers have been carrying their babies and keeping them close for millennia. We will discuss the benefits of babywearing for both the baby and the caregiver. There is a learning curve with any baby product, including baby carriers. It is important to think of babywearing as a skill that can be learned. See a demonstration of the four main types of baby carriers which include adjustable slings with rings (these come padded or unpadded), pouch slings that are not adjustable, asian-style carriers, and wraps that simply tie on. Come to this class to examine and try on the different types, brands and sizes of baby carriers to see which suits you best. See why babywearing will become one of your most important parenting tools!
Breastfeeding: Back to Work
For some moms the transition back-to-work after baby is a source of anxiety even before the baby arrives. For others, it seems to sneak up on you. Aside from managing the details of where & how your baby will be spend his/her day, wondering how to manage breastfeeding/pumping/bottlefeeding may seem like a big mystery. How will your know if you’re pumping enough? What kind of pump should you buy? How long can you freeze the milk? Does it go bad? Where will you store the milk while you’re at work?…This class is here to provide you with the tools you need to help ease your mind about the details of becoming a breastfeeding mother working outside the home.
Massage increases bonding between baby and caregiver, helps to relax baby, facilitates optimum quality and quantity of infant sleep cycles and communicates caring through the universal language of touch. Babies love massage, even at an early age. We offer a single two-hour class and a four week series for those parents who want to build additional skills. Classes are 80 minutes in length and designed for caregivers and precrawlers. Over the course of four weeks we will cover connecting with your baby, learning to massage your baby using imagery, baby yoga stretches, intro to Reflexology and the integration of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of infant massage. Our small group classes ensure that each parent and baby dyad receive personalized attention. Our classes are baby led, which means it's okay for your baby to cry. The group setting allows for parents to share and learn from each other while getting to know their babies better.
Signing With Your Baby
Babies as young as seven months have the ability to communicate using sign language. In this class you will learn the basic vocabulary necessary to build communication skills with your infant. Over the course of eight weeks you will learn over 100 signs to use with your child. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are created for parents/caregivers and babies. In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs. All of our classes include a full color MSH™ curriculum book with a CD of the songs we teach. The books have pictures of the signs learned along with descriptions for easy reference long after the class is over!
Cast Your Belly
A belly cast is literally a plaster cast of your pregnant belly. In 1-2 hours, we’ll do the messy work for you. This is a wonderful way to commemorate your pregnancy with your partner, your mother, or a dear friend. And if you’re looking for a gift to give a mother-to-be, a Belly Casting session is something she’ll never forget.
The Truth About Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Vaginal birth is the normal biological consequence of pregnancy, whether or not the mother has a prior cesarean. For mothers who have been through a Cesarean, this class discusses the risks of vaginal birth after cesarean and elective repeat cesarean. It is a wonderful place to share your feelings, heal, and discover what your options are should you want to have a VBAC and find out how to get the support you need. will be discussed. This class is designed so that you can make the healthiest choice possible for you and your baby.
All About Doulas
A doula is trained birth professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and after childbirth. Quality labor support is an essential component for achieving a rewarding birth experience with many studies showing that women who feel secure during labor have shorter, easier and less complicated births with little to no medical intervention. Additionally, the profound life change of bringing home a new baby can be eased with the support, guidance, and care of an experienced person to help with the transition into parenthood. Working with a doula is an important personal decision. Many families have questions: Why do I need a doula? How do I find the right doula for me? What are some of the benefits of a doula’s assistance? Will a doula take over the role of my partner or family members? This course offers the opportunity to meet our doulas and have those questions answered before making a decision about hiring a doula.
Bringing Baby Home
What really changes when you become a parent? Everything does - instantly. The first year of life with a new baby can present significant challenges in a couples’ relationship. Changing dynamics in the mother/father dyad, the refocus of attention to the baby and away from the couple, and increasing marital dissatisfaction are all common issues. This class will provide you with the tools you need to be able to meet these challenges and prepare for the adjustment a new baby will require. You will be given practical advice on how to make the transition to parenthood as smooth as possible. Topics covered will include common concerns in the early weeks postpartum, coping with sleep deprivation, dealing with emotional ups-and-downs, when to ask for help and where to get practical support. The course will focus on communication skills, effective co-parenting techniques to improve interactions with the new baby as well as keeping both partners actively involved in the child rearing process. There will be time for discussion and brainstorming and couples are encouraged to bring their individual concerns and questions . After this class, there will be opportunities for further communication with the instructor.
Fifty percent of pregnancies are unplanned. If you are thinking about having a baby, it is important to prepare yourself for pregnancy before you try to conceive. The decision to have a baby has far reaching emotional, physical and financial consequences. Start the process of consideration by attending this workshop. This class highlights the importance of being in the best possible condition not only physically and emotionally, but also financially and professionally, in order to ensure the best possible pregnancy outcome. Topics covered include fertility, pre-pregnancy health checks-ups, genetic screening, nutrition before and during pregnancy, folic acid, healthy lifestyle choices, exercise, and hazards to avoid while you are trying to get pregnant. We will also discuss choosing a caregiver and place of birth. Community resources and strategies for being an educated healthcare consumer will be covered.
Gearing Up For Baby
Aside from medical care during pregnancy, baby products represent the largest financial investment for new families. Products are unique like families, and there is no product which is perfect for everyone. Even though babies are small and seem uncomplicated, there’s nothing small or simple about their accessories! Selecting products for your baby can be confusing, especially with all the new gadgets and features available (not to mention the many product recalls). One overriding consideration must never be compromised when choosing baby products, whether you’re buying, borrowing, or accepting a hand-me-down: your little one’s safety. Designed for pregnant families, this course offers practical advice and purchasing tips for newborn essentials: nursery, toys, feeding, baby gear, carriers, bathing products. We feature products well beyond basics, and allow families the chance to test and try everything from car seats to strollers, bottles to carriers, layette essentials to nursery equipment and beyond. Taught by staff with knowledge of the most current research, this course covers: how to avoid both toxins and chemicals in baby products including BPA, phthalates, parabens and simple choices that can make a big difference in protecting your baby’s health. Participants receive a 15% off coupon for a purchase in our online store.
Becoming a Father
Being prepared to be a new father doesn’t just mean decorating the baby’s room and buying loads of stuff, it means opening your mind to the fact that life will inevitably move to a different rhythm once your baby arrives and developing strategies for coping with it. If you are a new dad, you will, for the first time in your existence - become truly responsible for another person. Taught by an experienced father, this course is formatted to address the issues of fathering…providing the information and support to help fathers feel more involved and confident in the arena of childbirth and childrearing.
Adapting Your Dog to a New Baby
All the preparations have been completed! You've had the baby shower! The baby's room is ready! The day to bring your baby home finally arrives. But what about your dog? Has he/she been prepared for the new arrival?? Is your dog is obedience trained and responding well to your verbal commands? Babies look, smell, sound and move differently than big humans. Have you begun to expose your dog, in a controlled manner (on leash), to as many babies as possible. New parenthood is challenging, even when you’ve chosen it and have some idea what to expect. Your dog, too, will find familiar routines turned upside down. By doing some preparation, you can make the transition easier for all of you. This workshop for expectant couples and the dogs who love them. Professional dog trainers will offer tips for easing your canine into every aspect of life with a baby. Preventative advice and problem solving, as well as lots of time for questions and answers.
Big Brother, Big Sister: Preparing Siblings
Having a new baby can be very exciting, even if it isn't your first child. Along with the regular preparations for a new baby come the added responsibilities of preparing other children for a new bundle of joy including getting them ready for the big role of becoming a sibling (for the first time or again). How children cope with pregnancy and a new baby really depends a lot on the age and maturity level of that child. A first born has a very different family experience than subsequent siblings. With each new child, the family re-invents itself. No matter how ready your child may seem, once the baby is born, there will be an adjustment period. Sensitive, responsive parents can smooth the path to strong sibling bonds. You can’t remove all the bumps,nor should you. Challenge nurtures growth. But parents can minimize predictable — and I think logical — sibling envy. Through the process, a valuable lesson in love can be learned by all. This course offers parents and children the opportunity to talk about the upcoming “new baby” and explains in thoughtful and appropriate ways the changes that happen with the arrival of a newborn. The class is tailored to the questions and concerns of siblings (ages 3 – 8).
Our class is specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy and interweaves childbirth education with yoga's therapeutic applications by building strength, promoting relaxation and improving circulation, flexibility and balance. Focused on helping you feel comfortable, relaxed and fit during pregnancy, our class helps you increase your energy and stamina and reduces fatigue, tension and tightness. We emphasize proper technique and practice deep breathing to improve focus and concentration, which can help ease labor and delivery. Our open community allows you to freely discuss anything, from discomforts and concerns, to the wonderful new changes your body and baby are experiencing. Classes are open to healthy pregnant women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. Please get approval from your doctor or midwife before registering for class. Moms with newborns and pre-crawlers are also invited to attend. Individual classes are $20.00 or five for $85.00.Though you are not required to pre-register for Prenatal Yoga, because our class size is limited (6) we encourage you to reserve your spot online or by phone.
Adjusting to Motherhood
Most new mothers feel incredible joy when their newborn is safely snuggled in their arms. However, it is quite common to experience short term challenges after the birth of your baby due to the physical, emotional and lifestyle changes that come with motherhood. Some women eventually figure out how to balance: they learn how to get some sleep, connect with the outside world and become comfortable with their new role. For many women, this balance is not as easy to attain. What are realistic expectations? What are normal sleep habits and patterns for newborns? What does breastfeeding really look like? How do you know you are doing the "right" things as you learn to care for your baby? Michelle Fonte, mom of six and co-founder of The Gathering Place offers this class in the spirit of helping new mothers navigate the terrain of the first months of life with their newborn, learn trust their natural instincts and discover (and embrace) their "new normal".