Beyond the Bump 

Wellness and Parenting Education for Growing Families

The mission of Breathing Space includes supporting families during the transformative time of pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.   

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

Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and delivery and first few months with baby is a huge transition for the whole family. We will talk about the physiology of pregnancy, the various problems that can occur in postpartum, as well as to how to plan for recovery and adjustment for the entire family. 

Four workshop series for $160 per couple or individual workshops for $50.

Comfort Measures and Labor Support 

Yoga and Comfort Measures for Pregnancy & Labor

Prepare your partner to be your best comfort and support during the weeks leading up to and during labor. Learn birth prep partner yoga, massage and therapeutic tools to soothe physical and mental discomforts. We will cover breath work, gentle stretching, comfort measures, relaxation techniques, and enjoy one another while bonding with baby.

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: infant development, postnatal recovery and fitness, back-to-work planning and breastfeeding, introducing solids, postpartum mental health. Classes may be taken in any order, babies welcome.

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? Join us for this informative discussion with an infant development specialist.

 

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. 

 

Back to Work After Baby

Whether working 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. Join an experienced lactation consultant and parent to discuss strategies and even trouble shoot specific situations.

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

Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and delivery. We will talk about the physiology of pregnancy, the various problems that can occur in postpartum and how to start making yourself better so that you can return to your normal life.  Class will include supportive exercises, so please dress comfortably for movement.

Starting Solids

In this class, an infant development specialist will discuss current nutritional and feeding recommendations from medical community, how to know when your baby is developmentally ready to start solids, different approaches to infant feeding, how to support healthy sensory and oral motor development as it relates to feeding, and how to encourage an adventurous pallet in your child. We’ll also address and debunk some of the common myths and outdated advice still circulating about infant feeding.

Six class series for $90 or individual classes for $20. Additional discount for Baby Yoga & Play students.

Breastfeeding Support Group (free)

** Starting in June ** 

Stay tuned!

More Classes for After Baby Arrives

Breathing Space offers classes in infant massage and baby yoga for parents to learn activities and soothing techniques, bond with baby, and connect with other parents in a supportive environment.

Baby Yoga & Play

Each class includes dozens of fun, engaging, developmental supportive poses, activities, songs and rhymes for baby and caregiver.  Learn more

Infant Massage

Learn time-tested massage techniques in this class for pre-crawling baby and caregiver. Learn more

Baby Sign Language

Sign language workshop for parents of nearly 6 month old babies through talking. Learn more

“My 4-month-old and I enjoyed the peaceful experience of infant massage class.  I learned new ways to interact with and help her and enjoyed the opportunity to meet other new parents.  She loved the of attention and looking around at the other babies.”
- Kristen, Infant Massage parent

Upcoming Classes

Mar 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hill Center
Learn to use American Sign Language for early communication and long-term learning with hearing infants or toddlers. Through play, activities, songs, and games, you and your child will be given the tools to communicate months… Continue Reading Family Wellness
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm location TBD
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 Family Wellness
Apr 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm St. March Church (Dance Studio)
Whether working 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. Join an… Continue Reading Family Wellness
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm location TBD
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 Family Wellness
May 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm St. March Church (Dance Studio)
by flickr user kourtlynlott 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? Join us for this informative… Continue Reading Family Wellness
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm location TBD
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 Family Wellness
May 9 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm St. March Church (Dance Studio)
flickr user lululemon/athletica, cc license 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… Continue Reading Family Wellness
May 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm St. March Church (Dance Studio)
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… Continue Reading Family Wellness
May 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hill Center
Learn to use American Sign Language for early communication and long-term learning with hearing infants or toddlers. Through play, activities, songs, and games, you and your child will be given the tools to communicate months… Continue Reading Family Wellness
May 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm St. March Church (Dance Studio)
Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and delivery. We will talk about the physiology of pregnancy, the various problems that can occur in postpartum and how to start making yourself better so that… Continue Reading Family Wellness
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm St. March Church (Dance Studio)
Does it seem that just when you have gotten the hang of breast or bottle feeding baby, it’s time to start thinking about solid food? flickr user DevinF / cc license In this class, an… Continue Reading Family Wellness
Jun 16 @ 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 Family Wellness
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Christ Church
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… Continue Reading Family Wellness
Jun 23 @ 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 Family Wellness
Jun 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Christ Church
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. … Continue Reading Family Wellness
Jun 30 @ 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 Family Wellness
Jul 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Christ Church
This class for expecting families covers essential newborn care what to expect when you bring your baby home including: early infant development milestones; tried and true soothing techniques; bathing and hygiene; diapering; infant safety and… Continue Reading Family Wellness
Jul 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Christ Church
Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and delivery and first few months with baby is a huge transition for the whole family. We will talk about the physiology of pregnancy, the various problems… Continue Reading Family Wellness

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Flickr photo credits: new family by beglen, momma and babe by terencenance, mom commuting with stroller by foris ossterveld, / cc license

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