Fall Group Registration

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Hello!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. We have enjoyed lots of library and pool time in my family. I’ve also been lucky enough to snuggle lots of babies.

Registration is up for my Fall parent support groups. I’m running two sessions of Getting Started for new parents (starting September 13th and November 8th). I’m only running one session of my Second Time Parent Group this Fall (starting October 4th).

Details and registration are on my Parent Classes page.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I hope to see you in one of my groups!

Rachel

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Fall Group Dates

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Hello,

I’ve had many folks contact me about dates for my fall groups. Thanks for all your support and interest.

I’m waiting on BPS to find out where my youngest will go to school which will determine my fall schedule.

I’m hoping to have groups start on Thursday September 13th.

I should have dates and registration up by the end of July.

Thanks again for all your interest and please feel free to email if you would like me to contact you when registration is up.

Rachel

Update and Summer Groups

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Hello!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to present a workshop at the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference. My workshop was entitled “Supporting LGBQ/T Families: Moving from Tolerance and Inclusion to Cultural Competency.” 60 folks were in attendance and they did some good and hard work to think about their roles and the way in which they provide support. It was so fun and I can’t wait to do it again! I’ve added a “Provider Support” page to my website and will soon be adding descriptions of services to help providers who want to make their services more accessible to LGBQ/T folks.

In the meantime, registration is up for my summer groups in Roslindale square. Check out the details below and email me with any questions: rachelhessdoula@gmail.com

Getting Started (For new parents and babies 0-14 weeks)

Join me in a 6 week series with other new parents and their babies. You will find support, information, and fun in these sessions. Each week parents will have a chance to share their fears, questions, and joys in a non-judgmental environment. Every week there will be a different topic of discussion as well as time to get to know each other. Topics include: Sleep, feeding, your new identity as a parent, postpartum mood adjustment, and developmental milestones.  At the end of every class we will spend some time together in a mini “circle time,” learning new ways to play with your newborn.

Join us for this exciting group.

Details:

$155 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)

6 week 1.5 hour series

When: Thursday’s , 1:45pm-3:15pm

Where: Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale, 20 Birch Street

Summer Dates: July 12th, 19th, 26th, August 9th, 16th, 23rd (no class August 2nd).

Register here.

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Second Time Parent Group (For parents and second babies 0-6 months old)

Many say that adding a second baby to your family is an even bigger transition than the first time around. Come meet other second time parents for this 6 week series.  We will spend time discussing the new challenges and joys of a growing family in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Possible topics include: challenges with your older child as they transition to their new role as sibling, how to manage feeding and sleeping with both children, and reviewing typical baby patterns and developmental phases. We will end each class with a mini-circle time, a great way for you to bond with your new baby.

Note: I find most parents get much more out of the group if they can attend without their older child. However, if childcare for your older child is a barrier to attending, please contact me and we can discuss how to make it work.

Details:

$155 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)

6 week 1.5 hour series

When: Thursdays, 11:45-1:15pm

Where: Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale, 20 Birch Street

Summer Dates: July 12th, 19th, 26th, August 9th, 16th, 23rd (no class August 2nd).

Register here.

Registration is up for Spring Classes!

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Hello,

I have dates and registration up for my spring classes. I will be running both a first and second time parent group starting in April. The first time parent group filled up a week ahead of time for the winter session, so make sure to secure your spot quickly.

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Getting Started (For new parents and babies 0-14 weeks)

Join me in a 6 week series with other new parents and their babies. You will find support, information, and fun in these sessions. Each week parents will have a chance to share their fears, questions, and joys in a non-judgmental environment. Every week there will be a different topic of discussion as well as time to get to know each other. Topics include: Sleep, feeding, your new identity as a parent, postpartum mood adjustment, and developmental milestones.  At the end of every class we will spend some time together in a mini “circle time,” learning new ways to play with your newborn.
Join us for this exciting group.
Details:
$155 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)
6 week 1.5 hour series
When: Mondays, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Where: Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale, 20 Birch Street
Spring Dates: April 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, and 14th (no class April 16th)
There is still time to join for week 2. Email me to for a prorated cost. Rachelhessdoula@gmail.com
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Second Time Parent Group (For parents and second babies 0-6 months old)

Many say that adding a second baby to your family is an even bigger transition than the first time around. Come meet other second time parents for this 6 week series.  We will spend time discussing the new challenges and joys of a growing family in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Possible topics include: challenges with your older child as they transition to their new role as sibling, how to manage feeding and sleeping with both children, and reviewing typical baby patterns and developmental phases. We will end each class with a mini-circle time, a great way for you to bond with your new baby.

Note: I find most parents get much more out of the group if they can attend without their older child. However, if childcare for your older child is a barrier to attending, please contact me and we can discuss how to make it work.

Details:
$155 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)
6 week 1.5 hour series
When: Fridays, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Where: Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale, 20 Birch Street
Spring Dates: April 6th, 13th, 27th,  May 4th, 11th and 18th (no class April 20th)
Registration here.

Questions: rachelhessdoula@gmail.com

The Value of a Second Time Parent Group

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I love running second time parent groups. What makes having a second baby so interesting is the fact that, in theory, parents have done it before. They have successfully cared for a newborn. They know more about feeding, diaper changing, and sleep patterns. However, the piece that often takes most of us by surprise is how to parent both a newborn AND an older child. It can be challenging to figure out how to meet the ever changing needs of both your children, let alone yourself. Talking with people in the same boat is invaluable. It is why I love this group and why I’m excited to facilitate one starting In October.

In a second time parent group, we talk about all the new ways in which your life has changed. What I find most fun about this group is actually talking about the older child. Similar to the first time parent group, we review elements of raising a newborn: sleep and feeding patterns, postpartum adjustment, etc. But what most parents want to explore is what to do with their older child. We talk about how it feels to now be responsible for two human beings with very different needs. We talk about what normal regressions look like for the older child and how to manage them. We talk about the illusive work/life/self-care balance and how utterly impossible it feels when you add a second child to the mix.

Have you recently added your second child? Join me for this wonderful group.

See the description and registration details below:

Second Time Parent Group (For parents and second babies 0-6 months old)

Many say that adding a second baby to your family is an even bigger transition than the first time around. Come meet other second time parents for this 6 week series.  We will spend time discussing the new challenges and joys of a growing family in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Possible topics include: challenges with your older child as they transition to their new role as sibling, how to manage feeding and sleeping with both children, and reviewing typical baby patterns and developmental phases. We will end each class with a mini-circle time, a great way for you to bond with your new baby.

Note: I find most parents get much more out of the group if they can attend without their older child. However, if childcare for your older child is a barrier to attending, please contact me and we can discuss how to make it work.

Details:

$155 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)

6 week 1.5 hour series

When: Thursdays, 11:15-12:45pm

Where: Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale, 20 Birch Street

Fall Session: October 4th, 11th, 18th, November 1st, 8th, and 15th (no class October 25th).

Register HERE. 

Questions: rachelhessdoula@gmail.com

Growing and growing

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Hello,

As we look towards the start of 2018, I have more exciting news! I will be adding a second group to my offerings for families adding another baby to their crew.  This is one of my favorite groups to lead, as the challenges of having a second newborn are so different than first time around. One of the things I love about this group is the opportunity to talk about toddler and older child behavior. I was just discussing with a friend the other day about how wonderful and horrible toddlers are. They are funny, creative, joyful, and totally unpredictable. All of these behaviors are magnified when they welcome a new baby into their home. No matter the age of the older child, we all know that sharing is hard.

Check out the description and registration below. I’ve also added the dates for my Winter 1 Getting Started group (see my Classes page). I am continuing my groups at Akasha in Roslindale, which has been a wonderful and warm place for these groups to grow.

Second Time Parent Group (For parents and second babies 0-6 months old)

Many say that adding a second baby to your family is an even bigger transition than the first time around. Come meet other second time parents for this 6 week series.  We will spend time discussing the new challenges and joys of a growing family in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Possible topics include: challenges with your older child as they transition to their new role as sibling, how to manage feeding and sleeping with both children, and reviewing typical baby patterns and developmental phases. We will end each class with a mini-circle time, a great way for you to bond with your new baby.

Note: I find most parents get much more out of the group if they can attend without their older child. However, if childcare for your older child is a barrier to attending, please contact me and we can discuss how to make it work.

Details:

$155 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)

6 week 1.5 hour series

When: Fridays, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Where: Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale, 20 Birch Street

Winter 1 Dates: January 19th, 26th, February 9th, 16th, March 2nd, and 9th (no class February 2nd or 23rd).

Registration link here.

Questions: rachelhessdoula@gmail.com

Are you a first time parent? Check out the details for my new parent group below:

Getting Started (For new parents and babies 2-14 weeks)

Join me in a 6 week series with other new parents and their babies. You will find support, information, and fun in these sessions. Each week parents will have a chance to share their fears, questions, and joys in a non-judgmental environment. Every week there will be a different topic of discussion as well as time to get to know each other. Topics include: Sleep, feeding, your new identity as a parent, postpartum mood adjustment, and developmental milestones.  At the end of every class we will spend some time together in a mini “circle time,” learning new ways to play with your newborn.
Join us for this exciting group.
Details:
$155 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)
6 week 1.5 hour series
When: Mondays, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Where: Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale, 20 Birch Street
Winter 1 Dates: January 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th, 26th, and March 5th (no class on Monday February 19th). 
Registration here.

 

The magic of new parents gathering 

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I’m two weeks into the first parent group I’ve run since the spring. While I’m regularly with new parents in their homes, I was reminded the past two Fridays of the power of bringing together first time parents. While many of the folks in the group have other supports; family, friends with older kids, postpartum doulas, those supports are so different than the support they provide to each other.

They say that having a baby is the biggest life transition one can go through. I’ve also heard (and experienced) how when you are removed from the postpartum period and your children are older, you tend to forget what it truly is like.

The empathy these parents provide for each other is inspiring. The head nodding, sighs of “yes” or “me too!” create an environment of love and understanding. And when facilitated correctly, those with different experiences also feel the space to share and have their experiences validated with notes of “that sounds hard” or “wow that’s great.”

The shared experience of being thrown into new parenthood, an experience you can’t fully prepare for, no matter how hard you try, creates lifelong bonds. From my view as the facilitator, I can almost see the warm energy created in the room. It is magic.

Sign up for my next session of Getting Started here. Starts November 3rd!