NOURISHING NEWBORNS

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You are going to have a baby! After the baby is born you have to feed them within the first few hours of their life and then keep feeding them--A LOT.

When and how to nurse is often harder than it looks.

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NOURISHING NEWBORNS BREASTFEEDING + CHESTFEEDING WORKSHOP

You and your baby were made to do this— but nursing does not always happen perfectly from the start. You can set your baby up for the best possible start by being prepared. After attending this class you will know exactly what you need for a successful start to feeding your baby.

You will better understand:

  • How and why your body makes breastmilk.
  • When your baby is hungry.
  • What to do if it hurts.
  • How to know you are making enough.
  • Learn about the most common feeding problems and when to seek support.
  • Explore your hopes and concerns around breastfeeding, and how to make confident parenting choices.
  • Mindfulness techniques to cope with discomfort and stress.
  • Be able to access key local and online resources to support your efforts.

WHAT TO EXPECT:  You will relax and enjoy learning about the wonder of babies while you share food and tea with other expecting couples. The 2.5 hours will fly by as you seamlessly transition between lecture, group conversation, with lots of time for Q & A. You will learn how to get the support you need for a healthy beginning to nursing, and countless tips about feeding your baby that you don’t know to ask about.

 

WHO THE CLASS IS FOR:  People who want to cultivate intention in parenting, anyone who is expecting a baby, single parents who wish to take class alone or with a friend, family member, LGBTQ families, and families of color.

 

COST: $75
Scholarships available, email for details. 

LOCATION: 

2206 Queen Anne Ave N. Suite 304, Seattle, WA 98109

WHEN: Evenings 7-9:30pm

Catherine Fenner

Catherine Fenner:

Come learn from expert lactation consultant Catherine Fenner, who will lead an informative and meaningful class and be available for home lactation support if needed in the postpartum period.  

Want to get more for your money? Check out our Sweet Deals: You call see all of our classes and all of  our packages here. 

Start parenting with the information you need

Curious to learn more about the experience of a Nourishing Newborns breastfeeding class? Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I take this class?

This class is designed to be taken during your third trimester. You are welcome to take it earlier if it fits your schedule best. Please consider taking this course together with our Birthing from Within childbirth classes - check out our sweet package deals!

Can I come alone or does my partner need to attend too?

You are welcome to come alone or with your partner. If possible we encourage you both to come because when you are low on sleep having two brains with information about breastfeeding is better than one. And it will give you an opportunity to get on the same page when it comes to what is needed and what to do if there is any challenges. 

I have an toddler can I bring them to class?

No. This workshop is for grown-ups only. 

Does the course also cover tandem feeding for those with twins, or an older sibling who is breastfeeding?

Absolutely. 

Is the cost covered by insurance?

No, this class is not covered by insurance. We are happy to provide you with an invoice to submit for HSA perks.

Do you provide information on formula feeding and pumping?

This workshop is designed to help people to look for the signs and know when supplementation may be helpful but will not give guidelines or promote formula feeding. 

“Catherine was the answer to turning around a desperate situation of pain and frustration right after giving birth. Her bedside manner was warm and caring, and she provided information and choices that were helpful and empowering. Our follow-up conversations were encouraging and supportive. I give Catherine five stars!…. thank you again!!!!”

Jennifer
New Mom

“My baby was not able to latch properly, and I was devastated. Catherine was wonderful, bringing hope, calm and her expertise to a hard situation. I would recommend her highly to any new parent.”

Courtney
New Mom

OTHER BIRTH + PREGNANCY CLASSES

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In labor, you need experienced, knowledgeable and reliable support. Our service can be customized and may include:

  • 2 meetings before your due date to explore birth preferences.
  • 24/7 on-call support until you go into labor.
  • A back-up doula for days doula is unavailable due to teaching commitment, illness, or emergency.
  • 1 to 2 hours post birth care in home, hospital or birth center.
  • 2 two-hour postpartum visits.
  • Free attendance to our Nourishing Newborns & Birthing From Within childbirth prep classes.

Current openings are for due dates after October 2019. Schedule your interview to explore how we can work together. I provide birth doula support in partnership with Katie Spataro

Fee is on a sliding scale basis from $1600 - $2000.

Levena's availability + fee:

Current openings are for due dates after July 2019. Schedule your interview to explore how we can work together. Please email me at levena@thresholds.info. Fee is on a sliding scale basis from $550- $850. Learn more about Levena's background and training as a birth doula and educator.

Choosing your birth doula is an important step in preparing for your upcoming birth.  I want to be sure you feel 100% confident in your choices for your birth team. I offer a free initial consultation in your home or our office to learn more about your needs and answer your questions about my role as a birth doula. No obligation, no cost. Simply a chance to learn more and discern the best fit for your birth needs.  I often meet with potential clients in their 2nd trimester, but you are welcome to call me even at 40 weeks of pregnancy!

Photo by Cameron Zegers
Photo by Cameron Zegers
Photo by Cameron Zegers
Photo by Cameron Zegers
Photo by Cameron Zegers
Photo by Cameron Zegers

Curious to learn more about the experience of working with Amity as your birth doula? Here are some FAQ answered by my former doula clients Stef & Nick Demas:

How did having Amity help improve the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience?

We met Amity through taking her birth class.  So her role in preparation as a teacher and a doula blends together a bit.  For us, Amity very kindly and thoughtfully asked us questions that got us thinking about what we might need before, during, and after our sons birth. She didn't give us a list of things to do, but instead helped us to think about who we are as individuals and as a couple, and based on that what we might need in this process.

Was she able to keep all the appointments and time commitments?

YES!

How did her personality work for you as a doula?

For us, she had just the right balance of calmness and spunk. She was never overbearing and yet we could always feel her presence.  It was important to us to have a doula that didn't compromise or butt in on our connection as a couple, and we were delighted to find that Amity only supported and strengthened our connection as a couple.

Did you interview multiple doulas?  What made you pick Amity?

We didn't. Because we took the childbirth class for 7 weeks with Amity we really knew we wanted her as our doula. She encouraged us to meet other doulas, and did bring one along to one of our meetings as a back up, but we were always banking on having Amity 🙂

Were there any particular times during labor or birth where Amity's expertise was exceptionally helpful or comforting? What did she do?

There were so many times! She was extremely helpful in the midst of contractions, in the decision process of when to go to the hospital (we wanted to labor at home for as long as possible and then give birth at the hospital), and really in every single part of labor she was very present. It's hard to describe everything she does. Part of it is knowing what to say when and how to talk us through things. But a lot of it is also holding space for us and being someone in the room that has a sense of what you're going through and that it's going to be ok. Labor is intense, and to have her as someone who knows the intensity and can stay grounded in that, is so so helpful in keeping yourself grounded in labor. Looking back we would have payed double her fee for everything Amity did for us. We cannot imagine labor without her.

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