Availability updates!

I am happy to say that I have availability open for June doula clients! My travel plans have changed and I am able to take clients for June now.

My calendar fills quickly, so please contact me as soon as possible for an interview if you are interested in my services for June or August.

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October Classes & Events

Toddler Yoga

Every Friday morning at the mama ‘hood at 10:45am.

Share the practice of yoga with your toddler! Toddler Yoga provides an excellent space for the entire family to bond and connect while simultaneously stretching, strengthening, and relaxing your body. Through the practice of yoga, toddlers will naturally develop more inner body awareness and will enjoy having a space to creatively express themselves through movement, breath, an intention. Families will leave with tools to continue the yogic journey off of their mats including songs, seasonal verses, games, affirmations in motion, nursery rhymes, partner poses to practice at home, resting/savasana exercises, and guidance on how to start a home practice that includes the entire family. Share the practice of yoga with your toddler in a fun, playful space and observe how your entire family grows and evolves. This class is tailored for crawlers to age five. Parents/caregivers practice together with their toddler.

Starting Solids – An Introduction to Baby Led Weaning

October 19th at 10:00am at the mama ‘hood.

Starting solids is good, messy, healthy fun! The science and art of starting solids for your baby utilizing baby led weaning practices is very compelling. When babies are allowed to feed themselves they are much better able to self regulate and explore foods in a safe manner. Breastmilk teaches a baby about the flavors of foods the family eats, introducing them to the culture of food in your family before they ever take their first bites. When babies are not force fed, they honor their own satiety and lay the foundation for a lifelong positive relationship to food.  By playing with foods, babies can explore texture, volume and distance. Join us in exploring this ancient introduction to first foods. $12 to drop in, or $55 for a 5 punch card for groups at the mama ‘hood.

Babywearing 101

October 19th at 12:30pm at the mama ‘hood.

This two hour class will cover all the basics on why baby wearing is a valuable practice, what research says about it, which carrier is best for you as well as giving you the opportunity to try several different carriers and slings. Perfect for expecting and new parents with babes in arms. This class is $15 for a single or $20 per couple. If you purchase a carrier the same day as the class you may apply the cost of the class to your carrier purchase.

Doulas in the ‘hood

October 19th at 3:00pm at the mama ‘hood.

The mama ’hood is pleased to partner with doulas from the Denver area to bring you a free afternoon of labor tips and tricks. This monthly event is a wonderful way to learn some new things to add to your own labor coping plan, find out what a doula can add to your birthing experience, as well as meet doulas that are available to serve you and your family. This event is welcome to all expectant parents and is free to attend. If you don’t meet the perfect doula for your upcoming birth, you still have some great takeaways to bring home with you!

(This event is not a childbirth education class, but rather an opportunity to meet and greet with doulas as well as learn a little bit more about how to cope with your labor.)

Rock Your VBAC Classes Start in August!

rockyrvbacI have been working diligently and passionately on this project for months and am thrilled to finally launch it! Starting on Sunday, August 25th I will be offering a childbirth education class specifically designed for the needs of the VBAC pregnancy and birth.

Classes will be held at The Mother’hood in Northwest Denver’s LoHi neighborhood. You can sign up online at www.themotherhooddenver.com

Are you striving towards a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) in this pregnancy? This three week series is specifically designed to help you lay your best foundation for a successful birthing experience by meeting the specific needs and concerns of the VBAC mother.
The series is broken down into three two and a half hour classes. This class covers topics such as processing your previous cesarean experience, VBAC statistics and facts, building your support team, how to find supportive care providers, as well as labor coping techniques.
The cost of this class is $250 and includes the book “Cut, Stapled and Mended” by Rosanna Rosewood. There is a registration packet that will need to be completed prior to the first day of class.

Upcoming Events and Classes

Placenta Encapsulation Information Night for Parents & Doulas – Friday, May 24th at 7:00pm

Come join me for an informational evening on the benefits of placenta encapsulation! Have you been curious about what placenta capsules can do for you postpartum but are having some trouble getting past the the ick-factor? Are you wondering if it is safe, how it is done, why would you do it, and how to get it home from your birthing location? Then come demystify this beneficial practice, have a chance to ask your many questions, and learn all there is to know about it! This event is one and a half hours long and is free for all to attend.

Toddler & Me Yoga – Every Friday at The Mother’hood at 10:45am & Sundays at 10:00am

Share the practice of yoga with your toddler(s) ! Toddler and Me Yoga provides an excellent space for the entire family to bond and connect while simultaneously stretching, strengthening, and relaxing your body. Through the practice of yoga, toddlers will naturally develop more inner body awareness and will enjoy having a space to creatively express themselves through movement, breath, an intention. Families will leave with tools to continue the yogic journey off of their mats including songs, seasonal verses, games, affirmations in motion, nursery rhymes, partner poses to practice at home, resting/savasana exercises, and guidance on how to start a home practice that includes the entire family. Share the practice of yoga with your toddler(s) in a fun, playful space and observe how your entire family grows and evolves. This class is tailored for crawlers to age five. Parents/caregivers practice together with their toddler(s).

Belly Brunch – Every 3rd Sunday at The Mother’hood at 12:30pm

Belly Brunch is the place for soon to be Mothers. This is a relaxed time to snack, sip and share. You may want to tell an interesting story about your pregnancy, complain about the number of people touching you, or hear that others are feeling the same as you. You can ask questions too. Whether you just found out you are expecting, are due any day, or becoming a mother through adoption or surrogacy, this is a place for you. Come and have fun with us! $16 includes the group and brunch catered by Tea Bar. 

Baby Led Weaning / Starting Solids – Every 2nd Friday at The Mother’hood at 12:30pm

Starting solids is good, messy, healthy fun! The science and art of starting solids for your baby is very compelling. When babies are allowed to feed themselves they are much better able to self regulate and explore foods in a safe manner. Breastmilk teaches a baby about the flavors of foods the family eats. Cultures that eat spicy foods have mothers with spicy tasting breastmilk. When babies are not forced to eat, they honor their own satiety and have less risk of over-eating later in life. Babies won’t eat anything they are not ready to consume. If they have fed themselves in a sitting up posture they will spit out what they can’t swallow. Solids don’t replace breastmilk or formula feeds until a baby is past their first birthday. By playing with foods, babies can explore texture, volume and distance. Join us in exploring this ancient introduction to first foods. $12 to drop in!  Or use your 5-punch card (only $55)

Doulas in the ‘hood: Tips & Tricks from the Doula Bag for Parents – Every 3rd Saturday at The Mother’hood at 3:00pm

The Mother’hood is pleased to partner with doulas from the Denver area to bring you a free afternoon of labor tips and tricks. This monthly event is a wonderful way to learn some new things to add to your own labor coping plan, find out what a doula can add to your birthing experience, as well as meet doulas that are available to serve you and your family. This event is welcome to all expectant parents and is free to attend. If you don’t meet the perfect doula for your upcoming birth, you still have some great takeaways to bring home with you!

Baby Wearing 101 – Every 3rd Saturday at the Mother’hood at 12:30pm

Come discover the benefits of baby wearing. I have had the joy of wearing three of my own babies as well as teaching families about baby wearing in my work as a doula. This one and a half hour class will cover all the basics on why baby wearing is important, which carrier is best for you and it will give you the opportunity to try several different carriers and slings. Perfect for expecting and new parents with babes in arms. This class is $15 for a single or $20 per couple. If you purchase a carrier the same day as the class you may apply the cost of the class to your carrier.

Birth Story: Ina May & The Farm Midwives

One Night Only! Special benefit screening of acclaimed documentary film BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES in Denver, Colorado.

The Mother’hood is pleased to announce a special community screening of “BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES” to benefit The Colorado Midwives Association.

BIRTH STORY captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, as nearly 1/3 of all U.S. babies are born via C-section, they labor on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth. With incredible access to the midwivesʼ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic, but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it–unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.

Ina May Gaskin, CPM, has been called “the most famous midwife in the world,” is the founder and director of The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, and is the author of four books, including the wildly popular Spiritual Midwifery. BIRTH STORY premiered at the 2012 LA Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award. 

” A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom” (Variety, Aug 6, 2012)

“…An incredible story…heart-stopping.” (Matt Holzman, KCRW)

DATE: Sunday, May 12th at 4:00PM with reception and silent auction to follow
LOCATION: Sie Film Center (2510 E. Colfax
TICKETS: $15 Pre-sale, $20 day of 
PRE-SALE TICKETS GO ON SALE MARCH 15TH THROUGH Denver Film Society

$50 VIP/Sponsor level tickets for sale that include a gift package, reserved seating, and your name listed in the event program as a special donor to the CMA. Please contact transformativebirth@gmail.com to purchase these limited tickets.

Proceeds from tickets sales to benefit The Colorado Midwives Association. The mission of the Colorado Midwives Association is to support and promote the option of birth at home for childbearing families in the state of Colorado. We facilitate communication and promote a sense of community among midwives attending homebirths from Durango to Denver to Greeley and beyond. Homebirth has been legal in Colorado since 1993 and to date, over 120 midwives have been registered to practice in all areas of the state. The CMA was instrumental in the passage of The Colorado Midwives Law and continues to be the legislative force behind maintaining regulation of midwifery in Colorado.

Running Time: 95 minutes
Official Website: birthstorymovie.com
Distributor: On & Beyond LLC
Directors: Sara Lamm & Mary Wigmore
Producers: Zachary Mortensen, Kathryn Roughan, Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore
Press Contact: Amy Slotnick, amy@birthstorymovie.com

Upcoming classes for March

Fridays starting March 8th – Toddler & Me Yoga at 10:45 – The Mother’hood 

Share the practice of yoga with your toddler(s) ! Toddler and Me Yoga provides an excellent space for the entire family to bond and connect while simultaneously stretching, strengthening, and relaxing your body. Through the practice of yoga, toddlers will naturally develop more inner body awareness and will enjoy having a space to creatively express themselves through movement, breath, an intention. Families will leave with tools to continue the yogic journey off of their mats including songs, seasonal verses, games, affirmations in motion, nursery rhymes, partner poses to practice at home, resting/savasana exercises, and guidance on how to start a home practice that includes the entire family. Share the practice of yoga with your toddler(s) in a fun, playful space and observe how your entire family grows and evolves. This class is tailored for crawlers to age five. Parents/caregivers practice together with their toddler(s).

Sundays starting March 10th – Toddler Yoga at 10:00 – The Mother’hood

Share the practice of yoga with your toddler(s) ! Toddler Yoga provides an excellent space for stretching, strengthening, and relaxing little bodies. Through the practice of yoga, toddlers will naturally develop more inner body awareness and will enjoy having a space to creatively express themselves through movement, breath, an intention. Families will leave with tools to continue the yogic journey off of their mats including songs, seasonal verses, games, affirmations in motion, nursery rhymes, partner poses to practice at home, resting/savasana exercises, and guidance on how to start a home practice that includes the entire family. Share the practice of yoga with your toddler(s) in a fun, playful space and observe how your entire family grows and evolves. This class is tailored for crawlers to age five. Children over 2.5 are welcome to stay without a parent – younger children’s parent/caregiver should plan to stay and practice with the child.

Saturday March 16th – Baby Led Weaning / Starting Solids at 10:00 – The Mother’hood

Starting solids is good, messy, healthy fun! The science and art of starting solids for your baby is very compelling. When babies are allowed to feed themselves they are much better able to self regulate and explore foods in a safe manner. Breastmilk teaches a baby about the flavors of foods the family eats. Cultures that eat spicy foods have mothers with spicy tasting breastmilk. When babies are not forced to eat, they honor their own satiety and have less risk of over-eating later in life. Babies won’t eat anything they are not ready to consume. If they have fed themselves in a sitting up posture they will spit out what they can’t swallow. Solids don’t replace breastmilk or formula feeds until a baby is past their first birthday. By playing with foods, babies can explore texture, volume and distance. Join us in exploring this ancient introduction to first foods. $12 to drop in!  Or use your 5-punch card (only $55)

Saturday March 16th – Baby Wearing 101 at 12:30 – The Mother’hood

Come discover the benefits of baby wearing with Josie Shapiro, LD. Josie has had the joy of wearing three of her own babies as well as teach families about baby wearing in her work as a doula. This one and a half hour class will cover all the basics on why baby wearing is beneficial for parent and child, which carrier is best for you and it will give you the opportunity to try many different carriers and slings. Perfect for expecting and new parents with babes in arms! This class is $15 for a single or $20 per couple. If you purchase a carrier the same day as the class you may apply the cost of the class to your purchase.

Saturday March 16th – Doulas in the ‘hood/Tips & Tricks from the Doula Bag at 3:00 – The Mother’hood

The Mother’hood is pleased to partner with doulas from the Denver area to bring you a free afternoon of labor tips and tricks. This monthly event is a wonderful way to learn some new things to add to your own labor coping plan, find out what a doula can add to your birthing experience, as well as meet doulas that are available to serve you and your family. This event is welcome to all expectant parents and is free to attend. If you don’t meet the perfect doula for your upcoming birth, you still have some great takeaways to bring home with you! We’ll also have some goodie bags for mamas to take home with them!

(This event is not a childbirth education class, but rather an opportunity to meet and greet with doulas as well as learn a little bit more about how to cope with your labor.)