Belly Bliss offers 4 Comprehensive Childbirth Education Classes:
... Prepared Childbirth
... Natural Childbirth Series
... Birthing From Within
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A Childbirth Education Class can help prepare mothers and their support person for the changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth. Being prepared and having a plan for how you will approach this very important time can help you create a labor and birthing experience in tune with your desires.
Common Newborn Questions...
How often do I need to bathe my newborn, and what kind of soap and shampoo should I use?
Before they begin eating solids (when food will find its way into every bodily crevice) and crawling (when hands and knees will be perpetually grimy), babies don't have many opportunities to get dirty. So unless the baby is especially fond of her bath or soothed by it, every other day is plenty for now, with spot washing in between. More than that can dry the skin. Shampooing is rarely needed more than once or twice a week (unless your baby's sweating a lot in hot weather or has a full head of hair). Soap is usually only necessary on the dirtiest areas, such as the hands and bottom. To reduce potential dryness or irritation, use a gentle product designed for babies that contain no colors or fragrances.
Will I spoil my baby by picking him up every time he cries?
A good cry is a baby's way of saying he's hungry, bored, lonely, overtired, in pain, or simply in need of a cuddle. When you respond to his cries, the baby learns not only that he's loved and valued but also that communication works. This is an early and important lesson in socialization. New parents should not worry that they might be overindulging him; most babies under six months don't possess the cognitive sophistication necessary to be manipulative: so it's virtually impossible to spoil them. In fact, many experts believe that infants who are picked up when they cry actually cry less and demand less attention later on. As a bonus, they're more likely to grow up self-reliant, and trusting. This doesn't mean you should drop everything when the baby cries. If it takes you a few minutes to finish what you're doing, that's fine as long as he can't get himself into any trouble in the meantime. Play some soothing music or put a favorite toy within his line of sight and get to him as soon as you're done. If it's practical (you're working in the same room, you're not on the phone), talk to him so he knows you're there.
When I take my baby out, strangers inevitably comment to me that he's not dressed warmly enough. But I'm afraid of overheating him. Who's right?
Infants under six months generally require about one layer more than you do to stay comfortably warm. Older babies typically need to wear only as much as an adult does when they leave the house. Hats are a good idea in even slightly cool weather, since 25 percent of body heat is lost through the head. The best gauge of whether a baby is too cold is not his hands - which may be cool even when he's warm - but the nape of his neck. If it's warm to the touch, he's dressed just right. It is wise not to layer on too many clothes. More babies are overdressed for the outdoors, which can lead to overheating, than are under dressed. From Sharon Rowland, Postpartum Nurse, owner of Smooth Transitions and teacher of Infant Care 101 at Belly Bliss.
What to know more? Join us for Infant Care 101!
Brandy found Birthing From Within classes when she was eight months pregnant with her son (who is now 4). She had no idea how much the classes would transform her birth and her life. The pain-coping tools alone helped her feel like she could handle whatever came her way. She found the classes invaluable and relied on what she learned from the first contraction to the last push and beyond. Becoming a Birthing From Within mentor herself was only a matter or time! Supporting new parents during their transition into parenthood in a non-judgmental, loving, supportive and fun way is her calling. Brandy is also a CMT, specializing in pregnancy and deep tissue massage as well as reflexology.
Mandy Jeffries MSW, HCHI, LD, LE
Mandy Jeffries lives Denver, CO with her one year old son, her husband and their two dogs and three cats. She love animals and the sunshine, and hopes to call herself a full-fledged urban gardener someday. She became passionate about pregnancy, birth and natural parenting as she prepared for the Hypnobabies home birth of her son. Mandy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. She is a certified Hypnobabies® childbirth hypnosis instructor and hypno-doula, and is currently certifying as a CAPPA labor doula and lactation educator. She is so excited to be on her journey as a birth professional, as she truly feels that she has found her calling. She is so happy you are considering allowing her to join you on your beautiful journey into pregnancy and motherhood. Thank you!
Julie Olson LCCE, CD (DONA)
Julie is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA Certified Birth Doula. After teaching the Bradley Method for five years, Julie set out on a new path as a Lamaze educator in 2010. She has created a unique curriculum and course materials for her classes that meet the needs of modern parents, while still emphasizing partner-supported natural childbirth. Julie truly enjoys helping couples achieve a healthy pregnancy and a gentle, fulfilling birth experience. She is honored to have worked with nearly 200 couples thus far.
Lauren Williams LCCE, CD (DONA)
Owner and Founder of Belly Bliss
Jennifer has worked with women and families for the last seven years, providing support as a doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding counselor. Inspired to help other women after the 2004 birth of her son, she sought certification as a doula. In 2005, she began volunteering at the DC Developing Families Center in Washington, DC. Working with Certified Nurse Midwives at Washington Hospital, she provided women and families labor and breastfeeding support. During this time, she also began her own practice, attending births in Maryland, Virginia and DC, in hospitals, homes
and birth centers. Jennifer feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to support women in a variety of settings and with many different care providers, from obstetricians to traditional midwives. In 2008 Jennifer moved to Colorado and resumed her work in women’s health care. In 2010 she began mentoring couples and is excited to share Birthing From Within with other families! Jennifer is a certified doula, licensed massage therapist and certified lactation counselor.
This class is designed to help parents feel confident and knowledgeable about their decision to breastfeed while providing evidence-based information and skills to promote successful breastfeeding. Some topics that will be discussed include: skin to skin, baby lead breast feeding, latch, pumping, breast feeding while working, ways to support the nursing mother and much more.
Blissful Breastfeeding Private Class
Can't attend one of our scheduled Blissful Breastfeeding Workshops or want a private lesson?
We will be happy to set up a private class for you here at Belly Bliss with our Certified Lactation Educator, Deb Mills.
$65 for a private 1 hour class.
Please call us at 303.399.1191 to set up your private class.
Schedule a private consult with our Lactation Educator via phone or in person to receive support and get your breastfeeding questions answered. Appointments are charged in in 15 minute intervals for $15 per 15 minutes.
Call 303-399-1191 today to schedule an appointment.
As a new mom, it is normal to have questions about breastfeeding your baby and it is necessary to receive support. At the Blissful Breastfeeding Chatter (BBC) group you will be able to enhance your breastfeeding experience by learning how to gauge your baby’s growth, have your breastfeeding questions answered, receive the support and reassurance you deserve and by meeting a new network of friends.
Blissful Breastfeeding Chatter is a mother-to-mother support group that is moderated by Deb Mills (Lactation Educator) and Co-Owner Of Belly Bliss. Mothers are invited to attend with their infants/babies/toddlers for the duration of their breastfeeding experience.
This support group is FREE!
Come in and support yourself. You deserve it!
10 Important Reasons to Breastfeed
The benefits of breastfeeding are countless and it is not just baby who benefits. Breastfeeding is what is best for mother, baby, and the environment and has a positive effect far beyond the family unit that goes into our community and world.
Optimal nutrition for your baby, although a very important benefit of breastfeeding, is not the only reason to breastfeed. Instead of listing numerous statistics and facts about the benefits of breastfeeding, here are 10 Important Reasons To Breastfeed.
1 . Breastfeeding creates an emotional bond between mom and baby that lasts a lifetime.
2 . Mom can burn 500-1500 calories a day just by breastfeeding!
3 . Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS
4 . Breast fed babies are sick much less often than formula fed babies.
5 . Breastfeeding reduces the cost of healthcare.
6 . Breastfeeding reduces the risk of multiple kinds of cancer in mom.
7 . Breastfeeding reduces the amount of pollution put into our environment.
8 . Breast fed babies develop higher IQs.
9 . It is your body’s and your baby’s expectation to breastfeed.
10 . It is FREE!
Belly Bliss offers Breastfeeding Workshops and a Free Breastfeeding Support Group to support you along the way.
Check out our schedule or call 303.399.1191 to find out more.
1 . To prepare & toughen nipples rub them with a towel during the last trimester of pregnancy.
2 . Hospital birth practices do not affect the duration of breastfeeding.
3 . Breastfeeding with sore, cracked nipples is normal during the first few weeks after birth.
4 . While breastfeeding, do not use bottles as they cause nipple confusion.
5 . Do not pump until at least three to four weeks after birth.
6 . During engorgement do not pump as it will just produce more milk.
7 . Borrowing a friend's breast pump is encouraged; it saves money & does not pose any health risks.
8 . Rotating breastfeeding positions will prevent sore nipples.
9 . In some states it is illegal to breastfeed in public.
10 . Exercising while breastfeeding may spoil the breast milk.
From Cathy Heise, Lactation Consultant
* Please respect our reservation system, if you reserve a spot and do not cancel prior to the class you will be charged for the class.