Beyond the Bump – Preparing for Baby
While childbirth preparation is important, the actual birth of baby is very brief compared what happens afterwards. Our prenatal Beyond the Bump workshop series covers wellness and parenting topics for new families: breastfeeding, baby care, normal infant sleep, postnatal recovery, planning for new parenthood and more.
Preparing to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding is often described as natural, but it isn’t always easy. In this class, parents will learn what to expect during the first days and weeks after birth, how to help get breastfeeding off to a good start, as well as what to do if things do not go as planned. Your instructor is an experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Understanding Infant Sleep
This class will help you understand why babies sleep the way they do. Information on creating safe sleep environments, parenting sleep tools, and common challenges will help your family navigate and balance everyone’s sleep needs.
Newborn Development and Care
Learn about life with a newborn, typical development, and baby care tips. Topics include soothing techniques, sleep, diapering, bathing and more. Parents will receive an extensive online resource following the class.
Planning for Postpartum
Meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm, June 18-July 16, no class July 2nd. Classes may be taken as:
- 4 workshop series for $160 per couple or
- individual workshops for $50. (Note: Drop-in pricing will not show until class(es) are added to the cart.)
50% discount for additional family members.
If families must miss a class, they may free to make it up in a subsequent series. See all workshop registration policies.
About The Instructors
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.