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3 reasons to take your prenatal education class earlier
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You’ve decided that prenatal education is a “must have” for you… but when do you sign up?

Taking a prenatal education class is such an important step towards preparing for your birth. A good prenatal education class will help you explore the different options you have when it comes to your birthing space, your care providers, pain medications, and hands-on ways you can stay on top of your contractions. No matter how you are planning on giving birth, there are choices you will have to make along the way and knowledge is power.

25 weeks is the perfect time to take your class.

Because there is so much to learn, you want time on your side. Signing up for a prenatal education class around the midway point of your pregnancy means you will have time to process all the information that is presented to you and figure out what you want to fold into your vision of birth. It is never too late to sign up for class, but earlier is better!

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3 reasons why taking your prenatal education class earlier is a GREAT idea!

  1. Time to research and plan.

    There are a TON of books, blogs, articles, and videos about birth out there. There are so many, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start! When you take your prenatal education class around the “half way” mark of your pregnancy not only are you giving yourself time to read and explore, you are giving yourself some direction! Ask your prenatal education teacher for suggestions and dig in!

  2. Time to ask questions.

    If you think about it, you only see your midwives, doctor or OBGYN approximately 15 times throughout your pregnancy (unless any additional scans or checks are needed). Assuming you take your prenatal education class around week 25 that means you may only have 6 or 7 visits left to talk to your care provider, ask them questions, and work together towards a plan that includes your birth goals. The later you take your class, the less time you have to really dig into the details with your team! Trust us, you WILL walk out of class with new information and some really important questions!

  3. Time to practice.

    One of the best things about a good prenatal education class is the opportunity it gives you and a birth partner to learn and practice new skills that will be SO important in keeping you comfortable, calm and confident during your labour. The earlier you take your class, the more time you have to practice what you have learned and you know what they say, practice makes perfect! It has been shown that when you take a prenatal education class that encourages you to take your new skills home and practice them you are significantly more likely to use them during labour and to use fewer medical interventions! Win Win WIn!

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Have you registered for a prenatal education class yet?

If you haven’t, now is the time! Whether you can take your class around 25 weeks or not, try to choose a date that is going to leave you with enough time to process all of that info, connect with your care provider to ask questions, and to practice those skills! If you are in the Peterborough area we would love to see you in the Birth + Baby Prep School - the most inclusive, positive, and empowering class in the area!

Running on coffee & willpower alone? We've got you covered.

"I hope you sleep like a baby" is the worst saying ever!

Getting enough sleep is SO important. It affects your physical and emotional well being and every new parent goes through a period of what seem like sleepless nights... or even sleepless weeks!  While it is totally normal for your baby to wake up during the night to eat or for comfort (as often as every 2 or 3 hours for the first few weeks of life, if not longer!), it can take a toll on you pretty quickly. 

Learn about healthy sleep & set realistic expectations.

Once your baby is about 4 months old, it is a great time to start helping them develop healthy sleep habits so that everyone is getting the sleep that they need while also getting the food and comfort that they need. It can be a really tricky thing to do on your own which is why there are amazing people like Erin Oliveira who are Infant Sleep Educators and Consultants to work with you and help you set up a healthy routine!

Through the knowledge gained from her research and her ECE and Psychology background, Erin Oliveira has been able to guide many other moms to help their babies sleep better. Erin attended the Family Sleep Institute and is a Certified Sleep Consultant and a trained Good Night Sleep Site Educator.

Through the knowledge gained from her research and her ECE and Psychology background, Erin Oliveira has been able to guide many other moms to help their babies sleep better. Erin attended the Family Sleep Institute and is a Certified Sleep Consultant and a trained Good Night Sleep Site Educator.

Learn about healthy sleep & set realistic expectations.

In this 2 hour workshop held in the Hello, Baby! hub 7pm to 9pm, Erin will explain the basics about infant sleep and how to build healthy habits for your baby and your family. During class, Erin will touch on important issues such as: 

-Expectations on baby to preschool sleep needs.

-When and how to choose the right method of sleep training for your family.

-Safe sleep for baby.

-Setting up your environment for sleep success.

-Managing sleep associations.

-Taming toddler bedtimes battles.

There will also be a time for a Q&A session where you can get advice from Erin on your situation and which strategies may be best for you and your family. Each participant will also leave with helpful handouts and FREE Tricks of The Sleep Trade e-book as an added resource.
 

Infant Sleep Workshop Hello Baby Peterborough

Make a plan and get the sleep you need!

If you are struggling to get the sleep you need and feel like everyone would be healthier and happier with a few more zzzzz on the daily, this workshop will get you started out on the right path!  You will learn so much and leave with some first steps you can put in place to start changing the way you and your baby sleep!

Are you ready to kick cold & flu season in the butt?!

It’s that time of year again...

Whether your kiddo is going to school or daycare, 'tis the season for GERMS!  We are STOKED that Maggie Savage, Holistic Nutritionist and founder of She Let Them Eat Cake, is bringing an AMAZEBALLS make-and-take style class to the Hello, Baby! hub.

Maggie Savage is  passionate about the connection between food, plant medicine, and health. She can’t help but take that passion and share it with the world as she is committed to showing everyone how easy it is to live your fullest life feeling good and looking fabulous.

Maggie Savage is  passionate about the connection between food, plant medicine, and health. She can’t help but take that passion and share it with the world as she is committed to showing everyone how easy it is to live your fullest life feeling good and looking fabulous.

Back to School with Essential Oils!

In this 2 hour make & take style workshop you'll learn about the power of dōTERRA’s therapeutic grade essential oils with Maggie Savage, Holistic Nutritionist and founder of She Let Them Eat CakeThen you will get to make 3 super useful and kid-friendly DIY items using these oils.

1. Hand Sanitizing spray

2. Immune Bomb roller bottle blend

3. Calming bath salts

This AMAZEBALLS workshop is happening Tuesday September 25th from 7pm - 9pm right here in the Hello, Baby! hub (241 Charlotte Street, across from Shoppers Drug Mart). 

Essential Oils Workshop Hello Baby Peterborough

Block germs and wash away anxiety.

Maggie will guide you through how to safely make and use essential oil products with your littles while you work. This workshop is going to be so much fun and space is limited so grab your seat ASAP!

Pumping doesn't have to suck.

Let's start from the very beginning.

As with most things in life, "Why" is usually a great place to start when you are trying to make something work. There are dozens of reasons to pump breast milk and for each "why" there is a different routine will make achieving your pumping goals that much easier!

Pumping 101 Hello Baby Peterborough

That's where Pumping 101 comes in.

Pumping 101 is a class that brings us back to the beginning - your WHY. That is what makes is perfect for everyone at all stages of the pumping game. Before we even look at a pump, we will take a look at your why and how that is going to affect the way you pump! Your pumping goals will affect: 

  • What kind of pump will be best for you
  • How often you should consider pumping
  • How long you should pump for
  • When you should pump throughout the day and/or night
  • What kind of support you may need to meet your goal

Take the stress out of pumping.

After you explore your "why" we can jump into the other big questions: when, where, how, and how much. Pumping 101 will take you through: 

  • choosing the right pump for you

  • putting together and cleaning your pump parts

  • choosing flanges that fit your body properly

  • making a pumping routine to fit your goals and your life

  • thinking about pumping differently and setting realistic expectation for yourself

  • using your hands and pumping more effectively

  • troubleshooting common pumping problems

Set a goal and learn how to make it happen!

Pumping doesn't have to suck, friend. Sign up for Pumping 101 and start from the beginning!  Make a plan for success and learn what you need to make it happen. 

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