New Parent/Childbirth Classes 

Classes will be held in person, on Thursdays at 6-8p, snacks/tea & water will be offered to all participants. Classes start on October 15th, we will skip the week of November 26th and the last evening of classes will be December 10th. The cost of the 8 week series is $160 per couple and is limited to 10 couples. 

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Week 1: Pregnancy and your Mental Health

October 15th

with Tiffany Manrodt, MSW, LISW-S

When we start to consider expanding our families, many do not consider their mental health as an important part of starting this journey...But it really is such a vital piece of our health and should be considered a priority just as taking our prenantal vitamins and our regular doctors appointments.

 

Pregnancy and postpartum can bring on many emotions, not all of these emotions are openly spoken about or expressed on the many platforms of social media. What is depicted is a beautiful journey, pregnancy glows, and a flawless journey into become a new parent. But.... that is not always how it looks.

Tiffany will walk through exploring our emotions from pregnancy through postpartum. She will provide tips and tools to notice warning signs of a perinatal or postpartum mood disorder as well as talk to you about what you can put in place to provide a softer landing into becoming a parent. 

Tiffany is a Licensed Maternal Mental Health Psychotherapist. She is trained through Postpartum Support International and has been treating mothers pre-pregnancy through several years postpartum for the last 9 years. She is the Owner and Clinical Director of Holding Space Psychotherapy and also a mother of two little ones. Tiffany has experienced postpartum depression and anxiety first hand and now strives to empower mothers and walk with them through all of their emotions, the beautiful and the painful.

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Week 2:

Birth Doula & Placenta Encapsulation

October 22nd

with Emma Whitlock

When many families think about birth, they often feel overwhelmed and scared about what it will actually be like.  Having a doula as part of the birth team is a great support for families to navigate through many of the unknowns. 

 

Join certified birth doula, Emma Whitlock, as she explains what a doula is and the many benefits of having a doula support your birth.  She will also cover the amazing placenta and the great postpartum benefits it has for consumption and many other uses.  

 

Emma is a certified birth doula, certified placenta encapsulation specialist, and a certified peanut ball instructor.  She is also a home birth midwife assistant, working under Rosie Messina from Circle of Life.  Emma owns The Womb Within, offering birth doula services, placenta care, and breast milk & DNA keepsakes including cremation ash, pet remains and fur, placenta, locks of hair, and even flowers.  She prides herself on providing education and options for families during the prenatal, birth, and postpartum period, that they might otherwise not know.  Her goal is to support women to find their own inner strength and to become empowered by their births.  

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Week 3:

Your Childbirth Options:

Home Birth

October 29th

with Rosie Messina

Have you ever considered what it would be like to be the boss of your birth? To be provided the education, support, and space to make your own choices about where you birth, who will be there, what will be given to or taken from you and your baby? Come join me to chat about what home birth could look like for your family!

Rosie Messina is a direct entry midwife in /northeast Ohio. Her passion is listening to women and providing them with safe individualized care as they bring their baby into the world in the comfort and peace of their own home. Trained through the traditional apprenticeship model, Rosie has provided care for hundreds of families in the last 14 years.

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Week 3 contin...:

Your Childbirth Options:

Midwifery

with Maureen Stein-Vavro

One of the most importance decisions women & families make is the choice of health care providers throughout their lives. Most people spend more energy selecting items like appliances & cars than they do selecting providers who will care for their health and the growth of their families.

 

Maureen has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for more than 30 years and has been helping women give birth and become Moms in many different situations. Join us as we discuss the important issues we encounter as we prepare to expand our families as well as Women’s Health Care, itself.

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Week 3 continu...: Your Childbirth Options:

Obstetrics

with Dr. Rima Bachuwa

Pregnancy can have a powerful effect on emotions, which can change by the minute. A provider’s role is not only to address and care for the physical well-being of a pregnant mother, but also to focus on a mother’s psychological and social well-being.  It is important to take the time that is needed and stay with each patient until all questions are addressed.  So why choose an OBGYN?

Many women choose a midwife over a doctor because they want additional emotional support before, during and after delivery. If you decide to have a doctor deliver your baby, you’ll experience a more routine approach. 

That is not entirely true.  It’s time to separate the facts from the myths.

Originally from Michigan, Dr. Bachuwa is a board-certified Obstetrics and Gynecology physician. In 2011, after the completion of her OBGYN residency, she moved to Ohio to start her career as a hospital-employed physician at University Hospital, Elyria Medical Center, Women’s Healthcare. She believes in long-term continuity of care for her patients and has extended this level of quality care in her own private practice that she started over 5 years ago so she could care for her patients throughout the entire pregnancy and delivery. Dr. Bachuwa appreciates and enjoys the diversity of her field, allowing her to provide gynecologic care which extends from adolescence to the post-menopausal age group.

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Week 4: Creating a Positive Birth Experience

November 5th

with Sunday Tortelli

Preparing for birth is more than learning how to breathe! Your body already knows how to give birth, but do you feel confident that you do? There are many approaches for preparing for birth, but which of them are right for you? We’ll explore your options and touch on some of the best ways for you to welcome your baby with an “I’ve got this!” attitude!

 

Sunday Tortelli is certified as a childbirth educator with Birth Works International, the HypnoBirthing Institute and Lamaze International, is an approved Evidence Based Birth instructor, certified Spinning Babies parent educator, certified lactation counselor, and a Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators. Sunday is also a DONA Advanced Certified Birth Doula and DONA approved birth doula trainer.

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Week 5:

Breastfeeding/ Lactation

November  12th

with Lauren Lasko

Giving yourself lactation support and education is one of the most important ways to meet your breastfeeding goals. Studies show prenatal breastfeeding education not only increases your chance of exclusively breastfeeding, but also helps you do it longer! 

 

Lauren Lasko’s passion in life is helping breast/chest feeding families harness the power of their bodies and help guide them in meeting their nursing goals. Lauren aims to provide thoughtful, non-judgemental (there are many ways to give your baby breast milk!) and evidence-based information. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and owner of MaLa Lactation Services. The company offers in-home lactation support, telehealth visits, breastfeeding classes and more. She also works as a family nurse practitioner at two area clinics, where, at one of the clinics, she runs a breastfeeding medicine program. 

 

Lauren has spent the last several years working to make lactation support more equitable and accessible to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds. She has presented her work at The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Conference and last year, co-authored a study on “Translating Team-Based Breastfeeding Support into Primary Care Practice” in The Journal of The American Board of Family Medicine.

 

She received her nursing training at Columbia University in New York City and lives in Lakewood with her husband, two crazy boys, and fur baby “Rosie”. 

Week6: 

Postpartum Planning/Newborn Care & Sleep

November 19th

with Lisa Falkenstein

We spend so much time planning for baby’s arrival that we often overlook planning for the postpartum time and how we will care for ourselves and our newborn.  Please join postpartum doula & newborn care specialist, Lisa Falkenstein, as she discusses how you can plan for the postpartum period.  This will includes preparing as a couple, learning about changes for mom, newborn care, and newborn sleep.

 

Lisa is a postpartum doula, newborn care specialist and pediatric sleep consultant serving the Cleveland and surrounding areas.  She is the owner of Nurtured Foundation Doula & Newborn Care Services.  Lisa is passionate about all things postpartum and revolving around newborns.  Her mission is to educate and support new parents. 

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Week 8:

Pelvic Floor Health

December 3rd

with 

Dr. Kari Craig

Our bodies go through an immense amount of change during pregnancy and even more during delivery. The expectation is for our bodies to just “bounce back” to how they were in the pre-pregnancy period. Please join Pelvic Health Physical Therapist, Kari Craig, as she discusses the most optimal way to return to physical health and function during the postpartum period. She will talk you through what you should be doing during those first postpartum days, weeks, and months following delivery. 

 

Kari is a Physical Therapist  with a specialized practice in Pelvic Health. She is the owner of Kare Pelvic Health in Chardon, Ohio and administrator of Kare for your Pelvic Floor (& More), a private women’s educational Facebook group. She is working to help break the stereotypes surrounding pelvic floor dysfunction through education of her patients and the community

Week 7:Infant CPR

December 10th

with Pamela Henry

Our bodies go through an immense amount of change during pregnancy and even more during delivery. The expectation is for our bodies to just “bounce back” to how they were in the pre-pregnancy period. Please join Pelvic Health Physical Therapist, Kari Craig, as she discusses the most optimal way to return to physical health and function during the postpartum period. She will talk you through what you should be doing during those first postpartum days, weeks, and months following delivery. 

 

Kari is a Physical Therapist  with a specialized practice in Pelvic Health. She is the owner of Kare Pelvic Health in Chardon, Ohio and administrator of Kare for your Pelvic Floor (& More), a private women’s educational Facebook group. She is working to help break the stereotypes surrounding pelvic floor dysfunction through education of her patients and the community