Wellness and Parenting Education for Growing Families

Birth & Baby Meet and Greet

June 11 – Learn more about our prenatal and postnatal parent education and support classes and individual doula and lactation services at this free event!

Preparing for Baby - Summer 2019

Our Beyond the Bump – Preparing for Baby Class covers essential information about caring for your newborn – breastfeeding, sleep, and baby care – and postpartum recovery.

Free Lactation Support Circle

This free peer support group led by our IBCLC covers breastfeeding questions raised by the group. Join us monthly at St. Marks.

Welcoming a new baby is a wonderful and joyful experience, but it is often accompanied by strong negative emotions as well – stress, uncertainty, loneliness, disorientation . . . Becoming a parent is a major transition that often brings on identity questions and tests relationships.

Breathing Space supports families during the transformative time of pregnancy, birth, and early childhood with evidenced-based education and advice.

Our workshops and support circles offer parents a safe place to learn about caring for baby and themselves. Our individual support services offer one-on-one support through the birth and early parenting period.

Studies have shown that prenatal preparation helps parents feel confident and relaxed in the postnatal period. Our classes cover best practices and lots of techniques and ideas for baby care, breastfeeding, and more:

Breathing Space provides continuing parent education and helps build family support networks with classes including: 

Beyond the Bump – Parent & Baby – a peer-support circle with educational presentations topics of interest to new parents.

Baby Yoga & Play – a fun caregiver-child bonding activity with yoga-inspired movement, songs and rhymes, breathing exercises, postures and stretches for adults, and relaxation.

Infant Massage – learn a full-body massage routine shown to support baby’s growth and development along with family connection.

Baby Sign Language – learn to use American Sign Language vocabulary for early communication with babies and young children

 

Sometimes individual support can make all the difference. Our team is ready to support new parents through lactation consulting and doula services based on Capitol Hill and surrounding areas.

  • doula with coupleBirth Doula Support – emotional, physical, and educational support from a professional doula can help families have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience – COMING SOON!
  • Postnatal Doula Services – evidenced based support with infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care can ease first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby – COMING SOON!
  • Lacation Consulting – one-on-one support from a skilled IBCLC can help breastfeeding parents avoid or overcome breastfeeding challenges, whether in the first days after delivery or many months into the breastfeeding relationship
  • Private Classes – Our team can customize prenatal education on breastfeeding or baby care or back-to-work consultations at your home

“I was so discouraged about breastfeeding and wondered if I could make it work .. Jen literally made all the difference, was so helpful, patient, not judgmental, and made every effort to ensure I felt comfortable.”

- Lactation Consulting Client

“I was frustrated and scared when I came in. My daughter had been losing weight, but I had thought she was getting nutrition. The lactation consultant gave me feedback that she wasn’t getting enough [milk] in a way that did not place any blame, in fact quite the opposite… such positive and empowering feedback. It helped me know that I was doing my best, and that I could properly feed my daughter. I can’t imagine a better experience!”

- Lactation Consulting Client

Upcoming Classes

Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Realignment Studio (Basement)
Comfort Measures for Pregnancy and Labor Our Birth Partners Workshop supports couples through the process of becoming their best partners for this amazing, life-changing, and often very emotional transition.  We focus on communicating preferences and… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Christ Church (Nursery)
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Aug 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm St. Marks Church
This support group is open to all parents who are nursing (breastfeeding or chestfeeding) or pumping milk to give a bottle. Topics will depend on the needs of the group may include anything related to… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm TBD (Eastern Market)
Whether planning to work from home, at the office, full- or part-time, parents have questions about how to manage the transition back to the work world after baby, including the practicalities of breastfeeding while working.… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Christ Church
We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Unfortunately, new parents sometimes feel like they’ve been stranded a desert island instead. Let’s start building that village. Join us or stay after… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Sep 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm St. Marks Church
This support group is open to all parents who are nursing (breastfeeding or chestfeeding) or pumping milk to give a bottle. Topics will depend on the needs of the group may include anything related to… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Christ Church
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:… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Shenanigans Art Space
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Shenanigans Art Space
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… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Sep 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hill Center
Most children begin to communicate through speech at 15-18 months of age. With the use of sign language, families are now developing closer bonds with their children as they begin to communicate as early as… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Oct 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hill Center
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Oct 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm St. Marks Church
This support group is open to all parents who are nursing (breastfeeding or chestfeeding) or pumping milk to give a bottle. Topics will depend on the needs of the group may include anything related to… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Shenanigans Art Space
Comfort Measures for Pregnancy and Labor Our Birth Partners Workshop supports couples through the process of becoming their best partners for this amazing, life-changing, and often very emotional transition.  We focus on communicating preferences and… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hill Center
Most children begin to communicate through speech at 15-18 months of age. With the use of sign language, families are now developing closer bonds with their children as they begin to communicate as early as… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Nov 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am St. Marks Church (Dance Studio)
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Nov 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm St. Marks Church
This support group is open to all parents who are nursing (breastfeeding or chestfeeding) or pumping milk to give a bottle. Topics will depend on the needs of the group may include anything related to… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
Dec 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm St. Marks Church
This support group is open to all parents who are nursing (breastfeeding or chestfeeding) or pumping milk to give a bottle. Topics will depend on the needs of the group may include anything related to… Continue Reading Birth & Baby
      

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Flickr photo credits: baby bump by Tatiana VbB, new family by beglen, momma and babe by terencenance, family with doula by greendoula – by creative commons license. All others by Jen Mueller/Breathing Space.

 

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