CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS - Offered by Liz Seaman, longtime educator whose teaching style is humble yet supportive and who is known for how she embraces each couple's unique history & personal perspective when teaching in the group setting. Couples leave her classes feeling knowledgeable, empowered and ready to face the birth experience by replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity. This class includes: A discussion of the physical & emotional stages of labor; working together as a team with your baby to get through the birth process as well as a full discussion of comfort measures & breathing techniques. Partners will learn how to support mom through the childbirth experience - not as coaches but as loving guides. Class also covers pain medication and medical interventions (c-sections), to be sure that Mom feels fully educated on all potential options. Throughout the class early postpartum recovery & infant behavior is also discussed, as they relate to bonding & feeding. This class is offered monthly (see class calendar) and runs from 9 am to 3 pm.
CLASS FEE: $175/COUPLE - payable in advance Contact us to register!
BREASTFEEDING BASICS FOR BEGINNERS - Liz Seaman, who has been counseling women regarding breastfeeding for over 17 years, offers this class on a monthly basis (see class calendar). Her history includes volunteering as a breastfeeding counselor with La Leche League for years before becoming an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant 15 years ago. She has also worked with Dr Smillie's practice in Stratford and has led the Maternal Child Health Department at Bridgeport Hospital for over 10 years. This class begins with an in-depth discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the lactating breast. Mother and baby form a unique two-person organ system - not driven by clocks or schedules but by baby's instinctual behavior and mother's intuitive responses. Partners are encouraged to attend this class as well as the discussion includes the many benefits of mother's milk for the infant and the family. Common breastfeeding challenges will be covered and myths will be debunked. Class begins at 3 pm and ends at 5 pm.
CLASS FEE: $40/COUPLE - payable in advance. Contact us to register!
LUNACHICKS 4TH TRIMESTER SUPPORT GROUP ~ The early weeks/months after adding a new baby to the family can be overwhelming and stressful. The key to getting through is support. Lunachicks is a completely private group where new moms gather to discuss the early months. We offer support without judgment. Babies are welcome. (Meets last Sunday of the month at 10:15 am.) Donations welcome.
Becky Bennett - Becky is an RN who holds a certification from the Red Cross in teaching CPR. She brings her fabulous Totsaver class to MEY every 2-3 months. Reach her at 203-305-3872.
Liz Seaman - With a background rich in childbirth and breastfeeding education, Liz brings her knowledge & unique style to MEY. She has been counseling women in breastfeeding for over 12 years and received her formal certification through IBCLC 10 years ago. Her classes are not just educational but empowering. We are very fortunate to have her at MEY! She can be reached at 203-856-2205 with questions about her Childbirth Education class and/or Breastfeeding for Beginners class - both offered monthly at Mother's Embrace. Reach her at 203-856-2205.
Dr. Melanie Georgalas - Longtime local pediatrician (Pedicare in Shelton) and friend of the studio, Dr Mel is our official medical consultant. When questions arise with the babies/toddlers, we don't turn to Google - we turn to Dr Mel! We are so very fortunate to have her on board.
Mother's Embrace Yoga
PRENATAL YOGA CLASSES AND POSTPARTUM SUPPORT SINCE 2005 - FIND YOUR COMMUNITY!
Linda B Antignani ~ Owner & Certified Prenatal Yoga Specialist. Linda received her Gentle Hatha certification in 2004 and then went on to receive double certifications in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga - first with Jane Mackerness, Classical Yoga and then with Janice Clarfield at Kripalu Yoga Center. She has devoted the past several years to expanding the postnatal options at MEY, including adding support groups for those dealing with postpartum depression. Linda can be reached at 203-414-2607 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Penny Prowell ~ Penny received her yoga teacher certification at Kripalu and currently offers the Mixed Level Kripalu style class at the studio. Her class is appropriate for all levels of yogis (including beginners) and reflects her gentle, compassionate personality. Penny can be reached at 203-923-3371. (email@example.com)