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Whether the sensations of birth are called “rushes,” “waves,” “pressure,” or “pain,” few will argue that the sensations are immense and intense – and they must be to move the baby ... moreout of the body. Learning to cope with this level of intensity asks women to find deep power and belief in themselves. Using experiential exercises and group discussions, this workshop explores what it means to work WITH intensity, instead of trying to push it away or change it. Discover how, by bringing your attention to yourself and your breath, you already have the tools needed to work with the powerful sensations of birth. Birth partners will learn how important they are to helping a woman find her endurance and strength through the birth process. This class is recommended to women planning the use of an epidural as well as women planning on birthing naturally. It is medically recommended for most women to labor without pain medication until they are in active labor. These methods will support a woman up until the point she is able to receive pain medications, or, if she so chooses, until she births without them.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Where class is offered:
$425 per couple for six 2.5 hour classes: 1) Nurturing Your Relationship through Parenthood + Maternal Mental Health with Laura Otton, LCSW... more
2) Infant and Child CPR
3) Childbirth Education 101 with Laura Siddons, Doula & Childbirth Educator, Co-Founder of The Nesting Place
4) Tools & Coping Skills for Labor (Childbirth Education 201) with Gina Morin, Hypnobirthing Instructor
5) Infant Feeding Preparation (breast + bottle) with Laura Mortiz, RN, CLC
6) Newborn Care with Melissa Carbonette, NP

If for some reason we are not able to do this in person by July we will be offering it virtually!
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Where class is offered:
Online, In person
Does squatting really open the pelvis wider than lying down? How on earth is a baby going to fit out of there? Don’t I have to lie on my back while I’m pushing the baby out? How can ... moreI use movement if I’ve had an epidural? What if I want to labor on hands and knees? Come together with other expecting mothers and birth partners to discover answers to these questions and more. Together we will practice movements, postures and breath practices that support the labor and birth process. Learn why breath and movement help us cope with the sensations of birth, and how movement helps the body adapt to birth and the baby finds his/her best way out. Discover how the birth partner’s physical support and hands-on techniques can help the mother throughout labor. And discover the powerful connection that is built between birth partners as they learn to breathe and move together.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Where class is offered:
Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Classes: Your Path to an Empowered and Informed Birth. This comprehensive eight-week series of classes will give you a deep understanding of pregnancy, ... morebirth and early postpartum. You will learn relazation and mindfulness practices, nutrition for pregnancy and exercises to prepare you for a physiologic birth. We will explore evidence based care and informed decision making. Mothers and their partners will develop a solid understanding of the process of birth and gain confidence in their skills as they prepare for the birth of their child.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
During this time we are all called upon to dig deep, reaffirm our commitment to self health and redefine our strategies to maintain health. This is particularly important for pregnant ... moreand new moms.This 8-week program will enable you to harness the power of your inner strength and resiliency to transition to motherhood at your best while developing a community of support with other local women having babies.

Your Women's Health Specialist Leaders: 

Darcie Pervier, MSPT, PES, Newburyport Wellness, LLC
Zoe Culbertson, Licensed Acupuncturist, Seaside Family Acupuncture
Rachel Simpson, IBCLC and Infant Feeding Specialist, Simpson Lactation Services
Danielle Shea Tan, MS, CNS, CHHC - Healthy Mamas for Happy Families
Program Overview and Content:

Each week will consist of a live zoom meeting with our community. We will discuss educational content provided by one of several maternal health specialists followed by a live Q & A session. Sessions will be recorded and available to you for 9 months. You will also be invited into a closed FB group to connect, further the discussion, ask any other questions you might have and access to handouts and recorded content from other expert practitioners. This is a great program for pregnant women of all stages and newly postpartum moms! Topics will include:

How to prepare for motherhood in a time of social distancing

Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a patient 

The value of nutritional & herbal support through pregnancy and postpartum to nourish your baby and replenish your own body

Acupressure & Nutrition to curb nausea, reflux, constipation and other common issues of pregnancy

Strategies to manage back pain, pelvic pain, leg swelling and more

Empowering yourself through early education for successful breastfeeding and resolving current breastfeeding issues

Recovering from pregnancy- harnessing the power of nutrition, proper physical activity, and mindfulness
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class, Support Group, Nutrition / Wellness
Where class is offered:
This prenatal class offers useful tips and information to get you off to a solid beginning. Have your questions answered and find out the answer to the most commonly asked question, ... more"How do I know my baby is getting enough milk? Learn positions for breastfeeding, latching techniques, as well as ways to care of yourself while breastfeeding. Learn how to establish a solid milk supply or increase it if needed. The best part of the class is personalized instruction as well as a point of contact for future questions. Partners are encouraged to attend. Cost is $75 per couple.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Birth is filled with contradictions. We cannot control it but must learn to ride whatever waves it brings us. At the same time, there are many opportunities to steer the course of ... moreour birth. Families often don’t realize the choices and rights they have, or how strongly these choices can impact their births, experience, and postpartum health. Join other couples and explore the importance of making intentional choices in a practitioner, birth location, and practitioner or hospital practices and procedures. Learn about building positive relationships with your medical team, and your legal right to informed consent or refusal of all procedures and interventions. Learn how to use this information to create a birth plan that represents what is important to you as a family, and which can be easily read and responded to by your medical team.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Where class is offered:
Families with children from birth to 3 years are invited to start your Saturday morning with us at the Florence Gray Center in Newport! A light breakfast will be served followed by ... morearts & crafts, reading, and a special monthly presentation, along with surprises, giveaways, free books & more! Transportation is available! Contact Jennifer Gee, Program Coordinator at 401-533-1160 for more information or to register. Siblings are welcome to attend.

Hours: First Saturday of each month (Sept-May) 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class, Support Group
Understanding Your Options: From Bump to Birth and Beyond  A FREE Virtual Event Saturday, October 3rd – 9 am – 11:30 am EDT Join us for a morning of connection, celebration and giveaways! ... more

Celebrate Midwifery Week

Learn from amazing local resources and businesses that support new families

Covering topics from the importance of choosing the right place, provider, support system for your birth, what the differences are and questions to ask, and knowing your rights along with advocating for yourself and family

Get your questions answered

A chance to win: Boba Wrap – Women & Infants Nursing Store or “Nobody Told Me About That: The First 6 Weeks” book by Ginger Breedlove

Flourish Fund and Women & Infants Hospital have collaborated to offer this virtual event to support and empower expecting families. 

Event Registration & Amazing Giveaway!

Once registered, you will receive an email with a Zoom Webinar link before the event date. 
PLUS, all who attend will be automatically be entered to win our amazing giveaways throughout the day. Come for one talk or stay for all!

Agenda (9 am – 11:30 am)

9 am / Welcome & Introductions
Melissa Bowley – CEO & Founder of Flourish Fund
Elisabeth Howard, Ph.D, CNM, FACNM – Director, Midwifery Department, Women & Infants Hospital

9:15 am / What Are My Options? Place, Providers & Support System 
Ana Sofia DeBrito- MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife

9:30 am / What I Wish I Had Known About My Birth Options - A Mom's Perspective
Shaylene Costa – Chair, Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition & Certified Facilitator, Chocolate Milk Café National

9:45 am / What You Need to Know About VBACs
Bridget Ibrahim, Family Nurse Practitioner

10 am / Q&A & Raffle Announcements

10:15 am / Dancing for Birth 
Michelle Chirby – CD (DONA), DFB

10:30 am / Considerations for a Home Birth
Michelle Palmer – Certified Nurse Midwife

10:45 am / Differences Between a Birth and Postpartum Doula
Jodi Congdon - Doula, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Educator

11 am / Advocating for Yourself: Knowing your Choices and Rights
Saraswathi Vedam – RM MSN FACNM Sci D(hc), Associate Professor of Midwifery and Lead Investigator of the Birth Place Lab, at the University of British Columbia

11:20 am / Q&A & Raffle Announcements
Melissa Bowley – CEO & Founder of Flourish Fund
Event Type:
Fitness / Yoga Class, Birthing / Parenting Class, Support Group, Nutrition / Wellness
Where class is offered:
As birth approaches, we tend to know much more about pregnancy and birth, than we do about what happens after our babies are born. Birth is a profound process, but it is also merely ... morea doorway into a new world. What happens to mom’s body in the weeks and months after birth? How do our relationships change? How can we support ourselves and our partners/families through these changes? When and who do we call for help? Spend an afternoon with your birth partner or family to engage in discussion and activities that can help you can make your adjustment into parenthood less stressful and more supportive of the new family. Simple but effective tools can help you know better what to expect, and create an effective support network in the 4-8 weeks after birth. Preparation and support can profoundly impact the mother and baby’s physical healing and adjustment, and the entire family’s emotional well-being during the precious and challenging postpartum time.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Where class is offered: