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. 

Upcoming Workshops

Registration Details

Classes are offered in order - breastfeeding, sleep, baby care, postpartum recovery - and may be taken as a:

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 Yogaafterschool 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.

Katie.jpgDr. 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.

Katie Baxter, Birth & Postpartum Doula, is a DONA trained Doula who brings her experience yoga, meditation, Thai massage, nutrition and birth together to support families from a holistic perspective. She has has been serving families as a nanny in the DC area for over 10 years in the DC area, since 2017 as a birth doula.

Katie is a yoga teacher, and avid traveler who enjoys connecting with people and diving into local culture and traditions. During a course in Thai yoga massage, she was introduced to the world of birth and the role of a doula, and knew that this was something she wanted to pursue. Katie feels that her work as a doula really weaves together her experience working with families as a nanny, and her healing, spiritual work.

Kim Hawley headshotKim 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.

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