Classes and Events

 
 
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6 Week Childbirth Education Series

Tue, Jan 7th, 2019 - Tue, Feb 11th, 2020

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

All are welcome at this 6 week series held at Vashon Island Midwifery. Whether its your first or your fifth pregnancy, there is always more to learn!

Topics covered include:

  • physical and hormonal changes of pregnancy, labor and birth

  • what to expect in labor and in the postpartum period

  • breastfeeding and newborn care

  • preparing your relationships for parenting or expanding your family

  • coping strategies for labor

  • managing common discomforts of pregnancy

This class is suitable for families planning hospital, birth center or home births. Class topics will be tailored to the needs and interests of the group.

Classes are taught by Lauren Strain, LM, CPM. Lauren is a licensed midwife with a background as a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, PEPS group facilitator, infant massage instructor, birth doula and breastfeeding educator. She has attended a couple hundred or so births as either a doula, birth assistant or midwife in local hospitals, birth centers and homes.

Cost for the series is $250 includes pregnant person and support person. Assistance for Apple Health is available. Full scholarships available for teen parents.

 
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Empowered Fertility

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Most of us have been trained to see our fertility as something mysterious, and our bodies to be outsmarted, whether we are trying to achieve or avoid pregnancy. In truth, our bodies hold powerful wisdom if we only pause to listen and observe! This is an introductory class that will teach you the basics of Fertility Awareness. You will learn how to track your cycles, identify your fertile times of the month, pinpoint ovulation (and know when you don’t ovulate!), and understand the physical and hormonal changes of your cycle. Each of us is different, and our cycles are our own. Being able to identify your own fertile window each month is key to achieving pregnancy or getting to the bottom of infertility. For those of us avoiding pregnancy (and most of us do at various times throughout our lives) available birth control methods leave us ill, or they are ineffective, sometimes painful, and often undesirable. Fertility Awareness aids you in avoiding pregnancy without uncomfortable, sometimes dangerous side effects. When used properly, it is extremely effective. Please note that Fertility Awareness will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

This class is held in two parts; the first is a group class where the basics of Fertility Awareness and cycle charting are taught. The second part is a private consultation with your completed monthly chart.

Cost of the class, including private consultation is $120.

 
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Breast Feeding Drop in Support

Every Wednesday morning the doors are open and the chairs are comfy at Vashon Island Midwifery. Come with your nursing or bottle feeding littles, your questions and your wisdom. This is a drop-in group designed to reap the benefits of community and shared experience. Midwife Lauren Strain will be there to answer any tricky questions, weigh babies and make you a cup of tea.

By donation.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Infant Massage

Touch is our first language. Infant massage strengthens bonding and attachment, builds communication and trust and eases lots of the little discomforts of being in a brand new body. Infant massage benefits brain development, the immune system, sleep, coordination and growth and digestion. Plus, its just a whole lot of fun! Come and join us for a four week series learning to provide beneficial, nurturing touch for your baby. All care providers (moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents, nannys etc) are welcome with their babies who are not yet crawling. Classes are flexible and baby friendly. Or, schedule a private in-home class anytime!

Saturdays 10-11am, October 26th and November 2nd, 16th and 23rd (skipping November 9th)

4 Week Group Class $95

Private In-Home Class $150