Designed for Mom & Baby

This is a valuable series which provides you with a wealth of education, community & support in your Motherhood journey!

Over a 6 week period we will cover the many questions and concerns that new moms have including share your birth story, dealing with sleep deprivation & baby’s sleep cycles, postpartum depression, community resources, your postpartum body and more.

The goal is for moms to interact, support & assist each other through this incredible time of transition.

Friends and Community

It is so important to connect with other moms – to share in the journey of motherhood. It is easy to feel alone when you are at home, but in fact you are not – there is a whole community of mothers in the area experiencing the same kinds of joys and challenges that you are, who are just waiting to connect with other moms. Therefore, there is ample time provided before and after each class to linger, to meet old friends and make new ones, and to share the experiences and insights of raising a little one!

WHEN (2 options):

  • Tuesday’s @ 1:00pm-2:00pm +  open time following class to get to know your group!
  • Friday’s @ 12:30-1:30pm + open time following class to get to know your group!

WHERE:

  • Serenity Birth Studio
  • Weather permitting we will be running this program in a physically distanced park setting.  Adverse weather days will be held in our large & open concept studio space (700 sq ft) with plenty of room for 2m+ between attendees.

COST:

  • $159 +hst

 

COVID-19 PROCEDURES:

  • Our studio is 700 sq ft boasting high ceiling (approx 20ft+) and open concept allowing excellent air flow
  • Programs are spaced far apart to allow you time to pack up and exit the studio and give you dedicate store shop time, if needed prior to next program arriving.
  • If you or baby are unwell, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we will have a Zoom meeting virtual tune in so you don’t miss any class education, content and interaction.
  • Handwash & hand sanitizer stations available throughout the facility.
  • Padded floor mats provided and sanitized between use. Please bring your own pillow for a comfy backrest.

INSTRUCTORS:

Hello! I’m Emma, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), early parenting educator, and former midwife with nearly two decades of experience supporting women/mother identified folx, children, and their families.  I help parents navigate the waters of new parenthood and the early years by fostering connection and secure attachment through up to date, evidence-based education and support.  I am thrilled to be returning to teaching classes at Serenity after a brief hiatus to get my health back on track.  Lactation consultations at Serenity are also available. Check website for details!

I am a mama to two busy boys, and a lover of nature and coffee.  I can’t wait to meet you and your littles!

Sarah Downey started working at Serenity Birth Studio in 2009. She went on to co-found the cloth diaper brand Glow Bug Cloth Diapers and was the co-owner of the business until 2018.  Sarah teaches the Cloth Diaper Workshop at Serenity Birth Studio and also facilitates a monthly cloth diaper group meetup. She has been featured on Rogers TV for teaching about and advocating for cloth diapers in our community. Sarah became a Postpartum Doula in 2018 and began facilitating the 4th Trimester and Ages and Stages Programs in 2019.

TOPICS:

* Every week we start with a weekly check-in which is an opportunity to share joys & challenges plus ask any specific questions you have before we dive into the topic of the week.  

Topic 1

Introduce ourselves and our babies and share our birth stories. Debriefing your birth can help to process what is an incredible and intense experience. We discuss feeding topics including breastfeeding, pumping and formula feeding.

Topic 2

We will discuss biologically appropriate sleep expectations for newborns and strategies to get better quality sleep for you and your family with a sleep consultant as our guest speaker.

Topic 3

We talk about why babies cry, soothing and colic that is known now as the Period of PURPLE Crying.  We will watch videos about Dunstan Baby Language, Dr. Harvey Karp about the 5S system, Dr Hamilton’s soothing hold and learn about the Period of PURPLE Crying. 

Topic 4

Maternal Mental Health with a guest speakers from the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative – fostering connection, community & support for new Moms. 

Topic 5

We will discuss how to take care of your healing body, with a guest speaker talking about pelvic floor integrity. Regardless of mode of delivery (vaginal birth or C-section), your pelvic floor goes through a lot during pregnancy.

Topic 6

A lot happens after your baby is born. In our final week, we will talk about changes in our relationships with our partners, family, and friends. Sex and intimacy and changing expectations will all be covered as will options for Family Planning and ways to stay connected.