Is anyone else in complete denial that it's already November?! Before you know it we'll be decorating Christmas trees and lighting Menorahs in celebration of the season. And while the rest of the world seems to come to a stop during the holiday season (I mean, let's face it, we've all uttered the words "after the holidays" at least once in our lives) Doulas of OC keeps on plugging away.
Some things are too important to put on hold until after the holidays, specifically preparation for your baby's arrival. It's for that reason that our schedule will continue on normally despite the busy-ness of the holidays. We look forward to seeing you for our Baby Care Basics, Milk Mama 101, Babywearing, and Labor Refresher classes! These classes are timed perfectly for those of you due in December or January and looking to complete your prenatal & parenting education.
This months featured class is our Confident Birth Labor Refresher. This is our last Labor Refresher of the year and Doula Allison is eager to meet you to teach you about the ins and outs of the birth process. Your labor refresher class will review the Stages of Labor, Signs of Labor, Comfort Measures & Pain Management options, as well as how to navigate through this unpredictable process. This is a condensed version of our 4 week class and is perfect for those who are looking to supplement another birth class or have given birth before. Five hours seems to fly by with hands-on activities, labor simulations, and engaging discussion. Space is limited so register today!
For those who's babies have already arrived, we have an incredibly unique and special class for you! Babywearing 101 is taught by Postpartum Doula & Babywearing Specialist, Ashley Mullen. If you've ever wondered how the various baby carriers work or which one is right for you, then you need to be at this class! Go beyond the Baby Bjorn and learn about additional soft-structured carriers, ring slings, and wraps. Ashley will guide you through the benefits of babywearing and will demonstrate how to use each carrier. You'll even have an opportunity to try on the various options! BYOB (bring your own baby) for a fully immersed experience into babywearing!
New to the calendar this month is our weekly Toddler Play Group! Born from the popularity of New Mama Cafe, this group exists so that moms, dads, caregivers, & grandparents can enjoy the company of others while providing a safe, indoor space for toddlers to play. This free drop-in meets every Thursday from 2:30-4:30pm and is great for ages 12-24 months! If your little one is under 15 months and not yet ready for the toddler group, we invite you to join us at our New Mama Cafe on Tuesdays, 11am-1pm.
A complete list of our November Events schedule is listed below! Registration is always appreciated (and sometimes required) so please do us a favor and sign up online!
Lastly, Chelsea & Lauren will be at the Beach Cities Midwifery Fall Festival in Laguna Hills on November 12th from 1:30-4:00pm sharing more about Doulas of Orange County and all our classes. We'd love to see your smiling faces, so stop by for a hello and some hugs!