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Dates:
Weekly on Sunday
Times:
3:30 PM
Provider:
$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!
Dates:
Weekly on Tuesday
Times:
6:00 PM
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.
Dates:
Weekly on Tuesday
Times:
8:00 PM
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
Dates:
Weekly on Thursday
Times:
6:00 PM
Provider:
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.
Dates:
Monthly on the first Saturday
Times:
9:30 AM
Provider:
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.
Dates:
Weekly on Tuesday
Times:
6:00 PM
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Provider:
Birth is a normal and natural process. Our Childbirth class focuses on exploring the option of unmedicated birth. The class help prepare couples for childbirth utilizing a variety ... moreof visualization exercises, breathing, relaxation, massage and additional comfort measures. Stages of labor will be discussed, as well as general information about hospital policies and creating a positive communication with your health care provider. The focus of this class is on natural childbirth, however both analgesic and anesthetic pain relief options will be covered. Preparing for unexpected outcomes will be taught, as well as Cesarean Section information. Please sign up for this class in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy so that there is ample time for practicing the techniques covered. Upcoming class is April 7th to April 15th 6:00pm - 8:30. Class is $159 per couple.
Dates:
Weekly on Wednesday, Thursday
Times:
7:00 PM
Provider:
Welcome to a positive childbirth ed workshop gear to help you feel more calm, confident and in control at your birth. This class runs Thursday's in June from 7pm-9pm for 4 weeks. It ... moreis held at virtually via zoom for everyone's safety. You and a birth partner will experience this fun and hands on workshop where we cover building confidence in your mental and emotional resilience reinforced with instruction and practice. Unlike hospital workshops I will ensure you understand your options for navigating your birth preferences in the hospital system, allowing you to feel calmer and more in control. Most importantly, we will be learning advanced comfort measures and having a full toolkit of strategies is important for you and your partner. Dress comfortably as we will be trying a lot of these comfort measures.
Dates:
On Sun, Sep 13 2020 - Sun, Nov 1 2020
Times:
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM
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.
Dates:
On Mon, Sep 14 2020 - Sun, Oct 25 2020
Times:
6:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Traveling to the “land of birth” is like parachuting into an unknown universe. It can be the adventure of a lifetime or can be overwhelming and frightening. Understanding how it all ... moreworks is an important starting point in preparing for a positive, empowering experience. Spend an afternoon or evening with other couples and learn how baby travels from inside to out. Discover the important role of the baby, the mother and the support person. Explore how emotions and thoughts shift and change through the process of birth, and how you can work together with, not against, the natural power of birth.
Dates:
On Sun, Sep 20 2020 - Sun, Nov 8 2020
Times:
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM
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.
Dates:
On Sun, Sep 27 2020 - Sun, Nov 15 2020
Times:
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM
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.
Dates:
On Sun, Oct 4 2020 - Sun, Nov 22 2020
Times:
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM
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.
Dates:
On Sun, Oct 11 2020 - Sun, Dec 6 2020
Times:
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Our newborn can seem like a tiny, strange creature from another planet. She may not look or act the way we expected, and often seems a random mash-up of confusing wiggles, cries, jerks, ... morestaring, sleeping and suckling episodes. Who is this little person? And what, on earth, are we to do with him? Join other families as we explore these amazing, sweet and strong (if confounding!) little beings. Learn that instead of being made up of random and impossible to understand behaviors, they are actually highly organized and communicative. As we begin to recognize the journey our newborn has made from inside to out and the ways she engages with the world, we discover how to more confidently and effectively respond to her needs. As we learn to respond to his needs, we discover a calmer, more settled baby, and a life that supports parents’ rest and well being, as well as baby’s.
Dates:
Weekly on Tuesday
Times:
11:00 AM
FREE - 2-Week Virtual Workshop for New Moms Week One - Oct. 6, 11:00-11:30 am Pappas|OPT pediatric physical therapist, Lisa House will guide caregivers through a fun movement workshop ... morewith their baby. Lisa will introduce infant massage and play techniques that facilitate development, encourage tummy time and support baby-caregiver bonding.
Lisa House, PT has been working with infants and children for 28 years. She currently sees clients in her “kids gym” at Pappas|OPT's in Wakefield, RI.

Week Two - October 13, 11:00-11:30am
Pappas|OPT pelvic health specialist Kendra Kohanski will guide moms through a supportive workshop focusing on postpartum pelvic health and exercises. Mom's are encouraged to bring their baby to this virtual workshop!

Kendra is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a certified in pelvic health specialist. She currently sees patients in Pappas|OPT's Greenville location.
Dates:
On Sun, Oct 18 2020 - Sun, Dec 13 2020
Times:
3:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Most women are given strong messages about the importance of breastfeeding for her baby’s health. Some expect it to be a natural and easy process that just happens. Others have heard ... moreall kinds of horror stories about the difficulties that can occur. Others feel pressured to try, but uncomfortable and uneasy about the idea of it. Not many of us are told that it is a joint effort between us, our body and our baby, and that like any new skill, it can take time and effort to learn and succeed at.

Join us as we explore the wide range of experiences different mothers can have and how and where to reach out for additional help when it’s needed. Class will provide information on: skin-to-skin after birth, the breast-crawl, establishing breastfeeding, understanding the hormones of bonding, milk production and milk release, nursing positions, and breast health. Resources for support with pumping, latch issues, formula feeding and going back to work with be provided.
Please join LLL of Newport for our monthly gathering! We will be in the Program Room of the Newport Public Library offering peer to peer breastfeeding, chest feeding, and pumping support. ... moreAll of the Newport La Leche League meetings are open to any pregnant, nursing, or pumping parents, as well as their children and support people. Come with questions or just to hang out!
Provider:
We all have parenting instincts that kick in after our babies are born, but informing those instincts with evidence-based information and expert advice through newborn classes makes ... moreraising babies with confidence so much easier.

Our Newborn 101 class helps you learn about caring for your baby after birth. Topics include bringing baby home, infant sleep patterns and expectations, how to know what your baby wants by reading their cues, feeding choices, diapering, bathing, soothing your baby, illness, and more!

www.thelovedchild.net
Provider:
Let us help you prepare for the arrival of your little one by discussing all you need to know about initiating breastfeeding after delivery. Knowledge is definitely power when it comes ... moreto breastfeeding success in the early days.

We will discuss proper latch & positioning, recognizing your baby’s feeding cues, how often to feed your baby, and how to solve some common breastfeeding problems.

We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you get comfortable and confident with the idea of breastfeeding your new baby!

www.thelovedchild.net
Over the course of five weeks, parents or caregivers are taught a full massage sequence to support the health of their baby** and to cultivate connection between parent and baby. Parents/caregivers ... morewill massage their own baby while the instructor demonstrates on a doll. There are many benefits of infant massage for the parents as well as the infants, including a measurable lowering of stress hormones! Topics such as the benefits of infant massage, learning your baby’s cues, and understanding infant behavioral states are explored through group discussions. Special sequences and techniques to support babies with colic or digestive issues and babies with special needs or sensitivities are also covered.

**Babies 4 weeks to 1 year old. For older babies, private sessions are available.
Provider:
Sign up for this virutal bundle and receive a recording (or live if date is forthcoming) for the five classes - YOU PICK from: 1) Newborn Care 101... more
2) Infant Feeding (breast + bottle)
3) Childbirth education crash course
4) Tools and Coping skills for labor
5) Emotional Coaching/Mindful Parenting
6) Nurturing your relationship through parenthood
7) Postpartum Wellness
8) Fourth Trimester Support Circle