4th Trimester Series
Designed for Mom & Baby
This is a valuable series which provides you with a wealth of education, community & support in your Motherhood journey!
We will go through all the changes you are going through as a new mom. Questions will be answered, give and receive support from each other & develop your own mommy group.
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 time of transition. Lots of talking, laughing, sharing and yes, crying too!!
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!
- Wednesdays @ 1-2pm
- 6 weeks, 1hr each week + 1hr open studio time following class!
- $139 +hst
Instructor: Emma Needleman
We will 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 postpartum depression and mood disorders and check in with where we all are emotionally.
We explore the concept of the 4th trimester, discuss biologically appropriate sleep expectations for newborns, and talk about nourishment for mom. We also delve into how to nurture a secure attachment with your baby including baby wearing and the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
This week we talk about ways to settle and calm your baby and watch a video by Dr. Harvey Karp about the 5S system. We also discuss communication and how your baby expresses their needs to you. We will review the Nippissing District Developmental Screen tool to ensure babies are off to the best start.
Class Facilitator Kat, will speak to the class about the importance of self care as a new mom. Your nutrition is important, too! She will discuss ways to heal, nourish, and keep your body energized as well as what special nutrition concerns women have as new moms. Discuss simple ways to make healthy eating manageable and attainable.
We will discuss how to take care of your healing body, with a special focus on pelvic floor integrity. Regardless of mode of delivery (vaginal birth or C-section), your pelvic floor goes through a lot in pregnancy. Trish Brunelle and Kaley McKay, both physiotherapists who specialize in the pelvic floor, come to speak about your health and recovery.
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. Community resources and activities will also be reviewed.