Booty Dance
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Booty Dance

This one-hour class will shake things up and get you moving! You will have fun, work up a sweat and feel connected and aware of your new body and its abilities to move in ways that open, relax and release. We start with a gentle stretch and some yoga moves and jump into a fun and energetic hip hop dance party that will make you feel amazing! This class is for all levels! All women are invited - pregnant or not :)

What to bring: Bring a yoga mat, bottle of water and get ready to move and sweat. Go at your own pace, and feel free to slow down, sit down and have a laugh.

Cost: $15 | Pay cash at the front desk or you can Venmo Caitlin directly @ CaitlinG16

About the Instructor: Caitlin Giotto is a Postpartum Doula who specializes in Ayurveda and extended postpartum healing through nutrition and Ayurvedic massage. She moved to Charlotte from California and is a hip-hop enthusiast with an eclectic array of skills, one of them being a Dancing for Birth training that left her in awe of the power of dance and how it can be helpful for labor and birth. She is currently six months pregnant and excited to par take in this class with fellow pregnant mamas.

Register here.

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Above+Beyond Birth Workshop
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Above+Beyond Birth Workshop

This in-depth, intensive 2-day workshop (October 7th + October 21st) will include:

  • a brief overview of nutrition and pregnancy exercises
  • understanding the birth coach's role
  • learning the signs of first stage labor
  • common variations in pregnancy
  • communicating with your birth team
  • transition and second stage labor
  • comfort measures for labor

Relaxation and labor rehearsal practice will be weaved throughout the class. Interactive, meaningful games will give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned. Open discussion and questions are welcome and will enhance learning.

Register here.

Brought to you by The Aussie Doula & Company, Instructed by Karen Gartner, RN, BSN

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Easy Meal Prep: Saving your time, money + sanity :)
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Easy Meal Prep: Saving your time, money + sanity :)

Do you like the idea of meal planning and prepping, but aren’t quite sure where to begin or how to keep up with it consistently? In this class, Certified Nutritional Health Coach Samantha Eaton will show us the ropes on making meal planning and prepping healthy and delicious food both easy and efficient. We’ll learn Samantha’s prep-made-simple process and how to incorporate interesting and fun variety to your nutritious meal options. It’s time to ditch the Sunday meal prep marathon and take-out food and save your time, money, and sanity by efficiently prepping tasty food at home.  

You will also get the chance to try energizing protein bites!

If you want to eat healthfully but feel like you don’t have the time or resources, if you're tired of spending lots of money on take out food or purchase healthy groceries with good intentions... only to have them go bad before you get around to eating them, this workshop is for you!

Cost: $15

Instructor: Samantha Eaton

Samantha Eaton is a Certified Nutritional Health Coach and Eating Psychology Coach who helps stressed-out women end their struggles with food, stop hating their body, and step into the happier, healthier life they deserve. She does this by helping them create a healthier “normal” relationship with food and their body, and start thinking, eating and living in a way that serves her best self. Her unique, anti-diet approach gives you the motivation, accountability, and tools you need to overcome the overwhelm, clear up the confusion, and build healthy eating and lifestyle habits that last.

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Charlotte Pregnant Ladies and New Moms Meetup
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Charlotte Pregnant Ladies and New Moms Meetup

bellies+babies is excited to once again host a Charlotte Pregnant Ladies and New Moms Meetup!

Our wild party days might be on hold for a bit, but that doesn't mean we can't have a good time! Let's dress up the bumps and/or babies!

BYOTreat! Fall-themed, if possible (like pumpkin spiced, apple flavor, etc!)

You can register for the meetup here.

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Power of Touch
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Power of Touch

Touch is the most essential sense for brain development in the first two years of life. The quality and quantity of that touch will directly impact your baby’s ability to learn, relate, trust, cope, and empathize for a lifetime. Our touch, in all its positive forms, is one of the biggest gifts we can give our children, but is also greatly impacted by cultural norms and perceived societal expectations, regardless of how they can conflict with biological expectation. Come away with insight into your most fabulous super power. This class is perfect for new and expecting parents and anyone in the position to be a valuable caregiver to our smallest of humans.

Hosted by Cynthia Wood, Owner / Educator for Infant Massage Charlotte (www.infantmassagecharlotte.com)

Cost: FREE | Optional $10 minimum donation (at class) for 15% coupon of Full Series Infant Massage class

Advance Registration Required. Register here.

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First Days Nurtured Newborn Class
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

First Days Nurtured Newborn Class

We don't interact with babies everyday and sadly no instruction manual provided.  A wonderful class discussing the first few weeks  and months of a newborns life.  The basic how too's you never knew.  What is normal with your baby.  Come learn and laugh. Please bring your partner.

Instructor: Mellissa Willette

Cost: $35

Advanced registration required. Please register and pay here.

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Planting with Purpose
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Planting with Purpose

Mindfulness is non-judgmental, intentional awareness of the present moment. It's been found to decrease stress, anxiety, depression, and even help with chronic pain. Combine that with the mood-lifting properties of playing in dirt and this workshop is sure to help you leave feeling less stressed, happier, and more uplifted than when you came!

The workshop with Christie Simons of Rylee's Roots will include a discussion about mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a short guided mindfulness meditation. You'll then learn a little about succulents, how to care for them, and [mindfully] make a succulent creation of your own to take home! 

Cost: $40 (includes supplies for one creation)
Advanced Registration Required. Please sign up here.

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More Than Head Down - Getting baby in the best position for labor
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

More Than Head Down - Getting baby in the best position for labor

Did you know there's more to having an efficient labor than baby being head-down?  

Nicole Luu, prenatal yoga instructor, welcomes you to join her in learning techniques that promote optimal fetal positioning.  We will cover techniques such as Rebozo Sifting, Forward Leaning Inversion, Standing Sacral Release, and Sidelying Release. We will discuss what each technique is intended for and how to do them correctly. 

Bring your partner, as they will play an essential role in assisting.  Wear relaxed yoga attire.  Come ready to learn and try new techniques that can be done throughout pregnancy and labor.

$30 Couples Admission. Space limited to only 6 couples.

Register in advance here.

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Financial Checklist for New Parents
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Financial Checklist for New Parents

Carseat..check! Changing table...check! Crib...check!

You've got just about everything ready for your little one. Too often, expecting parents aren't aware of all the important financial changes that come with having a baby. After this workshop, you will leave with a checklist of items to review that will help you prepare for your new arrival! 

Workshop is taught by Parent Financial, a local Charlotte firm. 

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Breastfeeding 101
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Breastfeeding 101

This class is designed to answer your questions about the basics of breastfeeding. You will learn the most up-to-date, evidence-based information regarding lactation and have fun along the way! Rachel provides a relaxed, interactive and engaging environment. Each class is designed to boost your confidence and help prepare you for your infant feeding journey.

 What to Expect:

  • Short and Long-Term Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers and Babies

  • Composition of Human Milk

  • How the Body Makes Milk

  • What to Expect in the First Few Weeks

  • Hunger Cues (signs your baby is ready to eat)

  • Fullness Cues (signs your baby is getting enough milk)

  • Positioning and Latching

  • How Partners and Support People Can Help

  • Back to Work (how to feed, express milk and common concerns)

  • Reputable Resources to Learn More

 

About the Instructor:

Rachel is a Registered Dietitian and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant with a Master’s in Public Health. For 10 years, she has provided nutrition and lactation services and specializes in Maternal and Child Health. She has served in a variety of settings offering maternal and pediatric nutrition counseling, lactation consulting, education and support services. She has also provided professional training and presentations and has spoken locally and nationally for many groups and organizations on a variety of topics addressing adult and pediatric nutrition, lactation, and disparities in health.

About Queen City Cocoa B.E.A.N.S.:

Queen City Cocoa B.E.A.N.S. serves to build a supportive, informed and empowered communityfor families in Charlotte and surrounding areas. Significant racial/ethnic health disparities exist especially with breastfeeding and this group strives to close the gap and help create health equity among all people. Women of color and their families are encouraged to embrace good nutrition and breastfeeding as a cultural and social norm through Breastfeeding Education, Advocacy, Normalcy and Support (B.E.A.N.S.) The group operates solely through donations and volunteers; it offers support groups and a variety of other events and services in Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Cost: $25.00 (or $30 with $5 donation to Queen City Cocoa B.E.A.N.S.)
Partners are encouraged to attend for no additional fee


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Know Your Birth Options
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Know Your Birth Options

Do you know what options are available to you for your birth? Did you know you HAVE options??

Parents who are able to make informed decisions about their care and are knowledgeable about the procedures that happen during their labor and postpartum have:

* Lower c-section rates
* Lower epidural rates
* Improved overall satisfaction with their birth experience
* Increased breastfeeding success
* Better postpartum recovery

Join us at bellies+babies as we discuss:

* Midwives vs. OBs
* Hospital vs. Birth center vs. Homebirth
* Options toward the end of pregnancy
* Inductions and alternatives
* Choices you can make at the hospital
* Ways to reduce your risk of c-section
* And more!!

We will also learn how to talk about these options with your care provider and the hospital staff. Make choices with confidence throughout your pregnancy, labor and beyond!

Instructor: Laura Speece

Cost: $25

Advanced Registration Required. Please register here.

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Above+Beyond Birth Workshop
Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

Above+Beyond Birth Workshop

This in-depth, intensive 2-day workshop (October 7th + October 21st) will include:

  • a brief overview of nutrition and pregnancy exercises
  • understanding the birth coach's role
  • learning the signs of first stage labor
  • common variations in pregnancy
  • communicating with your birth team
  • transition and second stage labor
  • comfort measures for labor

Relaxation and labor rehearsal practice will be weaved throughout the class. Interactive, meaningful games will give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned. Open discussion and questions are welcome and will enhance learning.

Register here.

Brought to you by The Aussie Doula & Company, Instructed by Karen Gartner, RN, BSN

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Booty Dance
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

Booty Dance

This one-hour class will shake things up and get you moving! You will have fun, work up a sweat and feel connected and aware of your new body and its abilities to move in ways that open, relax and release. We start with a gentle stretch and some yoga moves and jump into a fun and energetic hip hop dance party that will make you feel amazing! This class is for all levels! All women are invited - pregnant or not :)

What to bring: Bring a yoga mat, bottle of water and get ready to move and sweat. Go at your own pace, and feel free to slow down, sit down and have a laugh.

Cost: $15 | Pay cash at the front desk or you can Venmo Caitlin directly @ CaitlinG16

About the Instructor: Caitlin Giotto is a Postpartum Doula who specializes in Ayurveda and extended postpartum healing through nutrition and Ayurvedic massage. She moved to Charlotte from California and is a hip-hop enthusiast with an eclectic array of skills, one of them being a Dancing for Birth training that left her in awe of the power of dance and how it can be helpful for labor and birth. She is currently six months pregnant and excited to par take in this class with fellow pregnant mamas.

Register here.

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Nurtured Labor: Childbirth Class
Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

Nurtured Labor: Childbirth Class

Lets load your labor tool box with a several techniques to get you through. Learning more then one technique is very helpful its hard to know what will work best before you labor.  Distraction positioning, relaxation, guided imagery.  Did you know by just taking a class you are increasing you chance for success.  You can do this and Im here to help. This fun class for you and your partner will empower you with knowledge.  With this class you will learn to be a team and help partners comfort you in labor. Hospital/birthcenter/homebirth friendly. Please bring your partner.

This is a series of four classes. We will meet every Monday through October 22nd.

Instructor: Mellissa Willette

Cost: $125

Advanced Registration Required. Please register and pay here.

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Nurtured Mama! New Moms Group
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Nurtured Mama! New Moms Group

Lets talk Mama!!  Everything to  whats going on right now to whats happening in the future. Meet your peers develop a fellowship and support system. Guest speakers for information you never even knew you needed to know!  This is an amazing nonjudgemental caring environment create your village. Moms only

This is a series of 6 classes. We will meet every Monday through November 5th.

Facilitated by: Mellissa Willette

Cost: $80

Advanced Registration Required. Please register and pay here.

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Master Your Makeup Routine
Sep
28
6:30 PM18:30

Master Your Makeup Routine

Welcome to Master Your Makeup!

Come join Makeup Artist Kaitlyn Jones for this hour and a half class perfect for beginners and those who want to step their makeup game up.

You will be shown how to become a pro at changing up your looks and have a “go-to” look for almost everything!

The three looks that you will learn are:

+ A very simple, natural look (think school drop off!)
+ A fresh, put together day look. (running errands?!)
+ Transitioning the day look to a classic night look. (hello, date night!)

You will also learn how to get rid of any redness, blemishes, or hyper-pigmentation you may have with your makeup application.

We look forward to meeting all of your beautiful faces!

Cost: $25 | Register Now 

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Prenatal Booty Dance
Sep
25
11:00 AM11:00

Prenatal Booty Dance

This one-hour class will shake things up and get you moving in beneficial ways that support you and your baby and the process of birth. You will have fun, work up a sweat and feel connected and aware of your new body and its abilities to birth and move in ways that open, relax and release. We start with a gentle stretch and some yoga moves and jump into a fun and energetic hip hop dance party that will make you feel amazing! This class is for all levels!

What to bring: Bring a yoga mat, bottle of water and get ready to move and sweat. Go at your own pace, and feel free to slow down, sit down and have a laugh.

Cost: $15 | Pay cash at the front desk or you can Venmo Caitlin directly @ CaitlinG16

About the Instructor: Caitlin Giotto is a Postpartum Doula who specializes in Ayurveda and extended postpartum healing through nutrition and Ayurvedic massage. She moved to Charlotte from California and is a hip-hop enthusiast with an eclectic array of skills, one of them being a Dancing for Birth training that left her in awe of the power of dance and how it can be helpful for labor and birth. She is currently six months pregnant and excited to par take in this class with fellow pregnant mamas.

Register here.

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TRX Bootcamp
Sep
25
8:45 AM08:45

TRX Bootcamp

TRX Bootcamp is a full-body workout focusing on building strength, stability and endurance using resistance training and your bodyweight.

This class is for All Fitness levels and modifications and progressions are provided.

Cost: $15 | Register Now

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First Days Nurtured Newborn Class
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

First Days Nurtured Newborn Class

We don't interact with babies everyday and sadly no instruction manual provided.  A wonderful class discussing the first few weeks  and months of a newborns life.  The basic how too's you never knew.  What is normal with your baby.  Come learn and laugh. Please bring your partner.

Instructor: Mellissa Willette

Cost: $35

Advanced registration required. Please register and pay here.

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Chocolate 101
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Chocolate 101

Love chocolate but overwhelmed by the wall of candy bars at the grocery store?

Want to try something new but not sure where to start so you just stick with the same old standbys?

Come learn all about chocolate. We'll talk about where chocolate comes from, how it's made and what makes a quality product.

We will taste though 10 varied samples, from the grocery store and craft chocolatiers, from European producers and American manufacturers, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and dark milk chocolate - all to figure out what YOU like in a chocolate bar.

We will wrap up by discussing how to read labels and packaging (what does that % mean anyway...) so you can feel confident branching out as you discover new chocolate on your own.

Cost: $20 | Register here.

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Birth as a Heroic Journey
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Birth as a Heroic Journey

Explore birth as a heroic journey:

•        Prepare emotionally for you birth

•        Give new meaning to a past experience

•        Learn an alternative map for labor

•        Understand the postpartum return to self

During your two hours with Storyteller and Advanced Birthing From Within Mentor, Andie Nantz, you will be introduced to the classic hero's journey, hear “Inanna's Decent” from the ancient Sumerian text, and deepen your understanding through dialogue and art.

Give yourself the gift of a great story – food for thought (and a tiny bit of great chocolate...)

Cost: $15
Register here.

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Handlettering with Shawn
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Handlettering with Shawn

Finding calm amidst mounting to-do lists and busy schedules is often a hard task, but making a moment for self care and intention is so important!

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the power of mantras and positive thinking along with some basics of handlettering.

Participants will make their own “mantra card”.

Cost: $25 | Register Now

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Prenatal Booty Dance
Sep
18
11:00 AM11:00

Prenatal Booty Dance

This one-hour class will shake things up and get you moving in beneficial ways that support you and your baby and the process of birth. You will have fun, work up a sweat and feel connected and aware of your new body and its abilities to birth and move in ways that open, relax and release. We start with a gentle stretch and some yoga moves and jump into a fun and energetic hip hop dance party that will make you feel amazing! This class is for all levels!

What to bring: Bring a yoga mat, bottle of water and get ready to move and sweat. Go at your own pace, and feel free to slow down, sit down and have a laugh.

Cost: $15 | Pay cash at the front desk or you can Venmo Caitlin directly @ CaitlinG16

About the Instructor: Caitlin Giotto is a Postpartum Doula who specializes in Ayurveda and extended postpartum healing through nutrition and Ayurvedic massage. She moved to Charlotte from California and is a hip-hop enthusiast with an eclectic array of skills, one of them being a Dancing for Birth training that left her in awe of the power of dance and how it can be helpful for labor and birth. She is currently six months pregnant and excited to par take in this class with fellow pregnant mamas.

Register here.

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Nurtured Breastfeeding Class
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Nurtured Breastfeeding Class

A breastfeeding class that gives you confidence in feeding your newborn. I developed this class after teaching other peoples classes for 10 years. Even moms who just wanted a refresher say this is the best class they have ever taken. Factual and useful information that benefits you through your nursing "career". Presented by an IBCLC with 18 years experience in OB health. Please bring your partner.

Instructor: Mellissa Willette

Cost: $35

Advanced Registration Required. Please register and pay here.

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Power of Touch
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Power of Touch

Touch is the most essential sense for brain development in the first two years of life. The quality and quantity of that touch will directly impact your baby’s ability to learn, relate, trust, cope, and empathize for a lifetime. Our touch, in all its positive forms, is one of the biggest gifts we can give our children, but is also greatly impacted by cultural norms and perceived societal expectations, regardless of how they can conflict with biological expectation. Come away with insight into your most fabulous super power. This class is perfect for new and expecting parents and anyone in the position to be a valuable caregiver to our smallest of humans.

Hosted by Cynthia Wood, Owner / Educator for Infant Massage Charlotte (www.infantmassagecharlotte.com)

Cost: FREE | Optional $10 minimum donation (at class) for 15% coupon of Full Series Infant Massage class

Advance Registration Required. Register here.

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Master Your Makeup Routine
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Master Your Makeup Routine

Welcome to Master Your Makeup!

Come join Makeup Artist Kaitlyn Jones for this hour and a half class perfect for beginners and those who want to step their makeup game up.

You will be shown how to become a pro at changing up your looks and have a “go-to” look for almost everything!

The three looks that you will learn are:

+ A very simple, natural look (think school drop off!)
+ A fresh, put together day look. (running errands?!)
+ Transitioning the day look to a classic night look. (hello, date night!)

You will also learn how to get rid of any redness, blemishes, or hyper-pigmentation you may have with your makeup application.

We look forward to meeting all of your beautiful faces!

Cost: $25 | Register Now
 

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Happy + Free: A Radiance Meditation Workshop
Sep
13
11:00 AM11:00

Happy + Free: A Radiance Meditation Workshop

With multiple eclipses and planetary retrogrades, the summer months surfaced shakeups and layers of thoughts, emotions, beliefs and behaviors that affected the deepest parts of our being. 

As women and highly intuitive beings, September is an auspicious month for coming together to raise our individual and collective consciousness and shed the old as we clear space for the new for ourselves and loved ones. 

To honor this time and the divine in each of us, please join us for an hour of radiance meditation to experience harmony and spark the glow that only belongs to you through as we bring the mind, body and soul into alignment. 

Cost: $13 per person or $11 each at the door for coming with a girlfriend. 
Register here.

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Get Your Freak On
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Get Your Freak On

Erika Shepard, NP, of Inner Fire Wellness will be talking tips and ways to express your healthy, divine feminine sexuality in everyday life. 

Using the concept of play and embracing our inner child spirits as fully developed sexual females. 

Learning to go out into the world fiercely just as we are. 

This will be a 2 hour workshop with limited space. 

The workshops are $15 each or $28 for both (Hear Her Roar + Get Your Freak On). You can pay for the workshops on PayPal at paypal.me/innerfirewellnessnc

RSVP Here
 

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Prenatal Booty Dance
Sep
11
11:00 AM11:00

Prenatal Booty Dance

This one-hour class will shake things up and get you moving in beneficial ways that support you and your baby and the process of birth. You will have fun, work up a sweat and feel connected and aware of your new body and its abilities to birth and move in ways that open, relax and release. We start with a gentle stretch and some yoga moves and jump into a fun and energetic hip hop dance party that will make you feel amazing! This class is for all levels!

What to bring: Bring a yoga mat, bottle of water and get ready to move and sweat. Go at your own pace, and feel free to slow down, sit down and have a laugh.

Cost: $15 | Pay cash at the front desk or you can Venmo Caitlin directly @ CaitlinG16

About the Instructor: Caitlin Giotto is a Postpartum Doula who specializes in Ayurveda and extended postpartum healing through nutrition and Ayurvedic massage. She moved to Charlotte from California and is a hip-hop enthusiast with an eclectic array of skills, one of them being a Dancing for Birth training that left her in awe of the power of dance and how it can be helpful for labor and birth. She is currently six months pregnant and excited to par take in this class with fellow pregnant mamas.

Register here.

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More Than Head Down - Getting baby in the best position for labor
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

More Than Head Down - Getting baby in the best position for labor

Did you know there's more to having an efficient labor than baby being head-down?  

Nicole Luu, prenatal yoga instructor, welcomes you to join her in learning techniques that promote optimal fetal positioning.  We will cover techniques such as Rebozo Sifting, Forward Leaning Inversion, Standing Sacral Release, and Sidelying Release. We will discuss what each technique is intended for and how to do them correctly. 

Bring your partner, as they will play an essential role in assisting.  Wear relaxed yoga attire.  Come ready to learn and try new techniques that can be done throughout pregnancy and labor.

$30 Couples Admission. Space limited to only 6 couples.

Register in advance here.

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