Beyond the Bump: Preparing for Baby
Everything you need to know about newborn development & care, breastfeeding, and getting some rest as a new parent.
While childbirth preparation is important, the actual birth of baby is very brief compared what happens afterwards. Our prenatal Beyond the Bump workshop series covers wellness and parenting topics for new families: breastfeeding, baby care, normal infant sleep, postnatal recovery, planning for new parenthood and more.
Preparing to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding is often described as natural, but it isn’t always easy. In this class, parents will learn what to expect during the first days and weeks after birth, how to help get breastfeeding off to a good start, as well as what to do if things do not go as planned. Your instructor is an experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Newborn Development and Care
Learn about life with a newborn, typical development, and baby care tips. Topics include soothing techniques, sleep, diapering, bathing and more. Parents will receive an extensive online resource with downloads and videos on dozens of topics.
Understanding Infant Sleep
This class will help you understand why babies sleep the way they do. Information on creating safe sleep environments, parenting sleep tools, and common challenges will help your family navigate and balance everyone’s sleep needs.
Who should take this course?
This course bundle is ideal for expecting families who intend to breastfeed and are interested in evidence-based, child-development focused, responsive parenting.
Your instructors believe the parent's roll is to guide and teach, not control, children. Does that mean setting limits? Absolutely! Compassionate discipline is central to our parenting philosophy. You will not find recommendations to let baby cry it out, put baby on a strict schedule, or attempts to extinguish typical and developmentally appropriate baby behaviors.
What you will find is evidenced-based information, developmentally appropriate expectations, best practices for breastfeeding, baby care and sleep, and tips for how to meet the needs of everyone in the family in the context of caring for an infant.
This course is chock full of information presented in an accessible format. Even expecting parents with lots of baby experience will learn something new.
Jen teaches Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play classes, Tot, Toddler and Little Families Yoga, afterschool yoga, Baby Signing Time, and directs day-off and summer camps . . . in addition to lactation consulting and doing bunch of behind the scenes stuff to keep it all running.
Jen brings a sense of joy and playfulness to her classes – both the adult and kids classes – and hopes to offer her students freedom she finds in yoga. She founded Breathing Space to create hub for family yoga on Capitol Hill and share her enthusiasm for age- and developmentally-appropriate poses, games, and songs with yogis of all ages.
Before turning her attention to yoga full time, Jen spent more than a decade working with non- profit organizations in everything from daily operations, event and volunteer management, and finance to national policy advocacy and media relations. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master in Public Management degree from the University of Maryland. Her experience in social change movements and managing charitable organizations has been extremely helpful when working with schools and community organizations to implement yoga and mindfulness programs for children