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Breastfeeding 101
Dec
18
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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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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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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Infant Massage: FREE Intro Class
Apr
7
11:45 AM11:45

Infant Massage: FREE Intro Class

Come join Cynthia Wood of Infant Massage Charlotte for an informative and interactive introduction to infant massage!

Gain valuable, usable insight into the full series program that can empower you with..

  • a routine that includes massage, yoga, reflexology and other touch relaxation techniques
  • how touch relates to brain development, baby cues, & behavioral states
  • how to overcome obstacles specific to your situation
  • how to adapt this amazing tool for your growing child.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for the full series, offered here at Bellies and Babies!

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Infant Massage: FREE Intro Class
Mar
10
9:30 AM09:30

Infant Massage: FREE Intro Class

Come join Cynthia Wood of Infant Massage Charlotte for an informative and interactive introduction to infant massage!

Gain valuable, usable insight into the full series program that can empower you with..

  • a routine that includes massage, yoga, reflexology and other touch relaxation techniques
  • how touch relates to brain development, baby cues, & behavioral states
  • how to overcome obstacles specific to your situation
  • how to adapt this amazing tool for your growing child.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for the full series, offered here at Bellies and Babies!

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The Postpartum Puzzle: Piecing It All Together
Feb
24
9:30 AM09:30

The Postpartum Puzzle: Piecing It All Together

Whether you are an expectant, new or seasoned parent, the maze of motherhood - for all its miracle and beauty - has the potential to be a wild and sometimes disorienting ride. Our instincts often tell us what needs to get done, but the world we live in - full of information and noise - frequently leaves us distracted, confused and full of second-guesses.

We invite you to spend an hour piecing together the postpartum puzzle by clearing the clutter and getting back to basics. During an informal and interactive session three local experts will help identify common, yet preventable and very fixable, post-partum issues. Leading this judgment-free workshop will be:

Jennifer Dicicco, PT, DPT, who has spent her career dedicated to supporting normal physical development of infants and toddlers.  Her goal is to provide simple and achievable ways to help your baby meet their developmental milestones.  Through this workshop she will help parents implement strategies to minimize head shape flatness as well as assist with creating a nurturing and stimulating environment for your baby.  

Brenda Gajowski, PT, DPT, owner of She Thrives Physical Therapy and Wellness, who specializes in prenatal and postpartum health. Brenda recognizes that moms are the cornerstone to a family's well-being which is why her passion lies in helping women reconnect their bodies to promote optimal healing and a return to effective, pain-free and leak-free activity. In this workshop, she will cover simple strategies for restoring breath patterns, alignment and deep core engagement.    

Morgan Griffith, owner of Sleep Pea, a local infant and toddler sleep consultancy, serving families nationwide. Morgan's mission – and passion – is to empower families to understand and respond to their child's sleep needs over day, weeks, months and years. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the hotly-contested topic of healthy sleep, Morgan will debunk various myths associated with sleep teaching as well as how to avoid common pitfalls associated with infant and toddler sleep.

Knowing what to expect in your postpartum journey as well as how to respond and when to take action can be instrumental in replacing anxiety and stress with confidence, peace and joy. We look forward to seeing you and helping you plan for this very special time in your life. 

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Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Baby's First Massage

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Want your baby to sleep longer? Less tummy troubles? Baby massage can help! Learn massage strokes that promote your baby's relaxation, alleviate gas, ease digestion, boost immunity, and improve circulation. Parents will enjoy a fun bonding experience that initiates great communication from a young age.

Bring your baby and a thick blanket. Everyone goes home with an illustrated booklet to help recall massage techniques learned in class.

Newborns to ~6 months.

Fee: $25/couple. Advanced registration required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Wine and Vaginas

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After childbirth, many women experience abdominal pain, weakness, and/or incontinence, but moms don't have to accept these and other symptoms as their new normal.

At our Wine & Vaginas workshop, enjoy a glass of wine and a conversation with DPT Ariana Legatie. She will discuss how pelvic floor therapy can help moms - both old and new - take control of their health and get back their old normal.

Advanced registration and payment is required. Admission to the workshop is $15. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

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