Beyond the Bump – Parent & Baby
During the first few months with baby, everyone is adjusting and learning. Our postnatal Beyond the Bump workshop series is part new parent support circle and part class presentation on topics of interest to new families.
Topics will include:
Supporting Baby’s Development
Gain better insight about your infant’ development – motor, sensory, cognitive, language. Concerned about tummy time, milestones, or just not clear on what to look for? We’ll discuss what to expect as well as resources for getting support if it’s needed.
Sleeping Beyond the 4th Trimester
Many people are ready for the lack of sleep during the newborn period but have no idea what to expect as baby grows. We’ll talk about what’s normal for baby’s sleep after the newborn period; how sleep matures; and what you can do to support the whole family’s sleep.
Postpartum Mental Health and Self Care
Becoming a mom is one of the most wonderful, loving, and fulfilling experiences! It can also be a time of nonstop worry, guilt, and identity loss. We’ll talk frankly in a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental space about the emotional roller coaster new parenthood can be and learn healthy coping strategies to help you weather each storm as they come.
Your Postpartum Body
Classes is offered as a
- series of 5 classes for $120
- 11:30-12:30 Thursdays
- Sept 26-Oct 31, no class Oct 10 (join our lactation support group that day instead)
In order to create a supportive environment for discussion, full registration is required, no drop-ins. If you miss a class in the series, feel free to make it up in a subsequent series or in a baby yoga class. See all registration policies.
About the Venue
About Our Instructors
Cindy Kim, MSW, LICSW is a psychotherapist working in private practice in downtown Washington, DC providing individual and couples therapy. While she’s been in practice for over ten years, she started to specialize in maternal mental health shortly after having her first child. Two children later, Cindy can attest to just how tough it all can be – getting pregnant, staying pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth, and then having to keep a baby healthy, much less making sure he or she grows up to become a decent human being! It’s tough to access good emotional healthcare when you’re preoccupied with your baby’s needs. And yet, you know that the health and well-being of your child depends on the health and well-being of his or her mama. Cindy has a passion for bridging that divide – supporting moms, babies, and families.
Jennifer Mueller, IBCLC, has been teaching yoga for children and families in Washington DC since 2008. Jen is a Yoga Alliance® Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY 200) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCTY) as well as a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM), and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Jen teaches Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play classes, Tot, Toddler and Little Families Yoga, afterschool classes, and directs day-off and summer camps . . . in addition to a doing bunch of behind the scenes stuff to keep it all running. You might also run into Jen over at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington DC, either as a consultant or in the twice-monthly Baby Care Basics class.
Dr. Katie Bayer, is a therapist with a focus in manual work and functional strengthening. She has a special interest in Women’s Health, pelvic floor dysfunction and treating pregnant and postpartum women, along with visceral manipulation and dry needling. She believes that during pregnancy, it is important to educate women on ways to manage their changing bodies, and also prepare for labor and delivery. She has received training through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, the Barral Institute and the Institute of Physical Arts, among many others. Katie earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Mary Washington College, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Katie lives in Fall Church, VA with her husband, three energetic young daughters and dog Mack.
Kim Hawley, MA, MPH is a Holistic Sleep Consultant and Lactation Counselor, and the owner of Intuitive Parenting in Washington DC. She has also trained as a Bringing Baby Home Educator and childbirth educator. She loves helping parents find their confidence through evidence-based information and encouraging them to listen to their parenting instincts.
Kim lives in Capitol Hill, Washington DC with her husband, her two children, and a few animals, including her guide dog. She loves to run, read a good book, eat delicious food, and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee.
Rebecca Gitter, E-RYT, RCYT, brings a sense of humor to her classes and focuses on meeting her students – of any age- exactly where they are. Rebecca has been teaching early childhood yoga on Capitol Hill and around DC for over a decade. She completed her initial training in 2006 at the Yoga Center, Columbia, MD. She has continued her studies by completing specialized trainings in prenatal, postnatal and children’s yoga, including Budding Yogis, Childlight Yoga, Itsy Bitsy Yoga, Radiant Child, Yokid, and Yoga for the Special Child, YoKid. Sharing yoga with kids and caregivers in the DC metro area in studios, schools and community centers, as well as with her own two children, always leaves her smiling and inspires her personal practice. When Rebecca isn’t teaching, you might find her on a trail – hiking biking or being walked by her dog.
Sarah Laryea, co-founder and co-owner of Playwell, is an occupational therapist with over a decade of experience working with young children. She specialized in motor skill development, cognitive development, and sensory system/regulation for children. Sarah is also a licensed baby and child massage therapist. Sarah holds an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University,B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sarah is a mother of two and she enjoys traveling, running, drinking coffee, anything near the water, messy play with her kids, and trying new restaurants.