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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Curious to learn more about the experience of a Nourishing Newborns breastfeeding class? Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
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.
No. This workshop is for grown-ups only.
No, this class is not covered by insurance. We are happy to provide you with an invoice to submit for HSA perks.
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.
OTHER BIRTH + PREGNANCY CLASSES
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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!
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:
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.
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.
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 🙂
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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