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Breastfeeding can be a profound bonding experience while offering many lifelong health benefits to both you and your baby. Nursing provides your baby immunity and protects against ... morecertain infections and health problems such as diabetes, asthma, obesity, and some childhood cancers (CDC). It may also reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast/ovarian cancer for mama. Though breastfeeding your baby is natural, it doesn’t always come easily. You are both new to this, and it will take some practice. You deserve an education that will prepare you and leave you feeling confident and successful.

In this 2 hour class, you will learn:

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Preparation 

Proper latch and comfortable positions

How to perform hand expression and breast compressions

How to navigate breastfeeding challenges: engorgement, growth spurts, sore nipples, mastitis, clogged ducts

Tips for success

Support and resources

Relaxation techniques to encourage bonding and breastfeeding success

Learning Hunger cues



Safe cleaning and sterilization of pump parts

Proper breast milk storage 

If applicable:

Tandem nursing

Tips for Twins

This class is: 

Taught by Ashley Sousa, RN, BSN, labor & delivery nurse


Emotionally connected 

Practical & helpful

It includes:


Basic Q&A’s - Because no mama is alike, we will have a Q&A to ensure each unique question is being answered.

FREE Newborn Daily Log & Ultimate Registry Checklist
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Birthing / Parenting Class, Support Group, Nutrition / Wellness
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Understanding Your Options: 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, Ph.D, Family Nurse Practitioner

10 am / Q&A & Raffle Announcements

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

10:30 am / Considerations When Choosing Where To Give 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

Company is not a healthcare provider and the Website and the Company Services do not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional healthcare services or the provision of any advice, diagnosis or treatment. These are the opinions of the providers who participate in the event and our company does not recommend of endorse and specific tests, physicians, procedures, opinions or other information that maybe mentioned during this event.
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Fitness / Yoga Class, Birthing / Parenting Class, Support Group, Nutrition / Wellness
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Join us for our next FREE virtual event on November 7th to hear from other mamas and experts. We will be talking about the best momhacks, staying nourished from pregnancy to postpartum, ... morequick meditations for moms, tips for newborn care and perinatal anxiety and depression and so much more. 

Some of our fabulous speakers and topics include:

Meditation for New and Expecting Mamas - Alyssa Knapp, MS, CEP, TTS of Integrative Wellness

Newborn Care Tips for Your Family - Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny 

Nourishing Yourself and Baby from Pregnancy to Postpartum - Ixiana H Wilmot, 
Author, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach, Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition

KEYNOTE: Pregnant and Postpartum During a Pandemic: Mental Health - Dr. Cindy Liu Assitan Professor at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Program within Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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