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Spotlight on Sarah Susnar and Play Cafe

Community. Creativity. Coffee.

Hello, Baby! is lucky to have Sarah Susnar, owner and creative force behind Play Cafe Peterborough, as a community partner. Aside from being an entrepreneur and the hands and heart behind Play Cafe, Sarah Susnar is a wife, mother of 3 children, Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and a recently trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. 

Sarah Susnar and her three beautiful children.

Sarah Susnar and her three beautiful children.

It makes me feel good to be able to help families get through (especially during harder times) the week by coming in for a coffee and play date with friends. Parents often tell me they “don’t know what they would do without Play Cafe”. Now THAT makes me feel amazing!
— Sarah Susnar, Owner of Play Cafe

What makes Play Cafe so special?

Play Cafe has it all!  Free and guided play, yoga with Sonja Martin of Rooted Lavender, workshops with amazing community partners like Stephanie Reynolds and Hello, Baby!, support groups, and - of course - COFFEE!  Sarah opened Play Cafe to give caregivers and families a place to meet and connect while their children play in a safe and warm environment. Her passion for helping women and families with young children is wonderful to see and evident in the care and detail that goes into Play Cafe's programs and resources.

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Go and get your play on!

Whether you are looking for a way to pass the time with your little ones, some "me" time, or to connect with some of the amazing educators and wellness professionals working in Peterborough, Play Cafe is somewhere you should explore!  Grab a friend and head over for a warm drink and some inspiration.  Sarah will be there to greet you with a smile and we bet it won't be long until you make Play Cafe one of your regular spots.

To connect with Play Cafe check out the website or the Facebook page!

Spotlight on Sonja Martin of Rooted Lavender
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A big part of preparing yourself for birth involves getting your mind and your body working together.  In this respect, the growing families of Peterborough are lucky to have Sonja Martin of Rooted Lavender as a part of our community.  Sonja is passionate and skilled in her work supporting women and children as they move through pregnancy into the life-long adventure of parenting.  

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I have been drawn to connecting and supporting others from a young age. My passion has been babies, mothering, breastfeeding and wellness. As I have completed yoga training and continue to learn and grow, so do my passions. I feel honoured to support families’ physical and mental health in a several capacities.
— Sonja Martin, Rooted Lavender

Sonja teaches several of her classes; including Infant Massage, yoga for children, Mindful Parenting classes, and so much more, at another Peterborough community hub, Play Cafe.  Her gentle nature and quiet confidence makes her an easy favourite with everyone she meets and her seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm are amazing.

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Competency, purity of intention, humility and authenticity to self and the moment...I work each day to stay connected to these pillars.
— Sonja Martin, Rooted Lavender

Sonja is a person who lives her teachings and Hello, Baby! is so lucky to have her as a community partner!  If you get a chance to take one of her beautifully crafted classes, we highly recommend it.  Visit her on Facebook or on her website for more information on her philosophy and her events.

Take Good Care ... Mind AND Body

Jenn & Steph

Spotlight on Stephanie Reynolds Yoga

Welcome back!

If you are following along with this little series of posts about wellness during pregnancy we would love to hear your thoughts or questions about last week's post about the Top 5 Coolest Things Your Pregnant Body is Doing.  Leave a comment or tag @hellobabyptbo in an Instagram pic.  We love belly shots!

This week we are talking to one of our amazing community partners Stephanie Reynolds.  Mother, local business owner, yogi, pelvic floor fitness expert and (in a nutshell) a guru on the subject of all things pre and post natal fitness, Stephanie works along side a group of vibrant women at Stephanie Reynolds Yoga and the Peterborough community is lucky to have her!

 In a nutshell, the muscles that makes up your pelvic floor are like a really strong hammock that keeps everything up and in.  For a pregnant woman, this is super important because you have a whole extra person to support (literally!) and your pelvic floor if working overtime.  Having a strong pelvic floor can also lead to an easier labour and birth as well as a faster recovery!  

Why do we love Stephanie?  

Besides her passion for fitness, she shares the Hello, Baby! commitment to community and empowerment.  When we asked her to sum up why she is so passionate about her work and her answer was simple and real.

I want people to live happier, healthier lives and to feel comfortable in their skin. Growing, birthing, and raising a child strips us down to our raw selves in a way that nothing else can. It also shows us how strong we really are! What I am really passionate about is helping other women, especially new mamas, build strength and confidence so they can shine.
— Stephanie Reynolds
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Specializing in core and pelvic floor fitness, Stephanie offers a wide variety of classes including  Prenatal Yoga, one-on-one assessments, and special events.  If you are looking to try something new, Stephanie Reynolds Yoga is definitely worth checking out.

Keeping your body strong and balanced during pregnancy and after birth is so important to your overall wellness.  Our next post will continue the theme of wellness during pregnancy and will plunge into a discussion about why water is so important for the pregnant body and how you can squeeze more of it into your day.  Stay tuned!

Take Good Care,

- Jenn

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