12 posts categorized "Parenting Groups / Classes"

Affordable childbirth education workshop offered by experienced labor and delivery nurse

October 26, 2008

Hey there mamas and mamas-to-be!  I am an experienced labor and delivery nurse (and mama to a 1 year old little girl, Sloane :)  offering childbirth education workshops in the Portland Metro. area.  Please log onto my website at www.babyloveworkshop.com to find out more.  Let me give you the INSIDE scoop on hospital deliveries!  Thanks! Dena

$25 Childbirth Ed Classes - drop-in style!

September 17, 2008

A lot of families don't have the resources (financial or time) to commit to a long series of childbirth education classes. We have that problem solved!  Instead of signing up for a whole 4-8 week series, families can sign up for one OR two OR three classes and space them out in whatever way best fits their schedule.  There is no particular order anyone must follow, so if you take one before another you won't feel like you missed something important! 

Classes are taught by Kelly Schneyer, mama to 18 month old Asa and wife to Jeremy.  We live in NE Portland by New Seasons (Concordia) and classes are taught out of our home.  Each class is $25 or three classes can be bought as a punch card for $65.  Listed below are the class names, dates, and times.  For more detailed descriptoins of each class and to register online, click here!  Go to www.weboflifeperinatal.com to learn more about Kelly, her philosophy, and other classes and services she offers!

Hormonal Orchestration of Birth, Labor Positions, and Support:
Sunday, October 5, 5-8pm
Tuesday, October 28, 6-9pm
Sunday, November 16, 5-8pm

Newborn Care, Breastfeeding Basics, and Postpartum Planning:
Sunday, October 26, 5-8pm
Tuesday, November 18 6-9pm
Sunday, December 7, 2007 6-9pm

Plans and Expectations of Birth and Maintaining Relationship Health After Baby Comes
Sunday, October 12, 5-8pm
Tuesday, November 4, 6-9pm
Sunday, November 23, 5-8pm

Free 8-week childbirth preparation series

July 07, 2008

My name is Kelly Schneyer.  I'm a relatively new childbirth educator and postpartum doula and owner of Web of Life Perinatal Services in NE Portland.  I am teaching a free 8 week childbirth preparation pilot series that also includes a free 8 week postpartum peer group.  This is a unique program for families-to-be, combining a childbirth education series with postpartum peer groups.  The childbirth education series is based on the biodynamic model, illustrating the biological ways that hormones can help or hinder birth.  We will also learn about the physiology of birth, pain relieving methods and addressing fears before labor begins.   The postpartum peer groups are a step beyond "Mommy & Me" groups.  Both parents are included in semi-structured weekly meetings, allowing entire families to connect.   My first series are FREE to a total of four families.  !f there are more interested families than I have room for, I will consider extending the offer and add additional days to my class calendar.

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Adoption in the Movies resource & discussion guide

June 23, 2008

Movie_booklet1 A good friend of mine is the ED of this local non-profit called Adoption Mosaic.  They have just released their guide to "Adoption in the Movies," which they describe like this:

Our Adoption in the Movies booklet takes the reader on a guided tour of 27 important adoption themed movies and documentaries. Besides a plot description, we’ve also included insightful points that pertain to the movie subject and questions to get your discussion going. Our Adoption in the Movies Booklet is available to purchase for $9.75.

For several years we’ve held movie nights for adults who were adopted. We also have times when adoptees can “bring a guest.” What we’ve witnessed has been inspiring. Through watching these films, we’re able to learn from one another, build community, and contribute to enhancing the lives of those who have been influenced by adoption.

We hope that this booklet will be a way for you, your family, and your friends to participate in and extend this dialogue.

Get your copy and learn more about Adoption Mosaic and its movie nights here.

Post-natal fitness group- FREE bootcamp

June 20, 2008

Hi all-

I just had my 2nd child a few weeks ago and am looking forward to getting back into shape.  After the birth of my first child, I led a group of other mamas in a exercise group similar to the baby bootcamps held here and in other cities.  I thought, why pay for a class when all I really wanted was a group to help keep me motivated? It worked really well, and was a lot of fun, so I'd like to do it again.

I will be organizing a low-impact walking/calesthenics, 1 hour outdoor exercise routine in Inner NE Portland that can be done with your baby in a stroller.  So- if you have a pre-crawling baby and would like to get together with a group a few days a week to help lose the baby weight, I'd love to hear from you.  wubledoo@yahoo.com


Biodynamic Childbirth Classes

May 22, 2008

Original Birth is offering Biodynamic Childbirth Classes that will allow you to discover your ability to birth naturally. We will cover chldbirth options, anatomy, coping techniques, overcoming fears, breastfeeding, and adjusting to life with baby. There are six classes in each series and they are kept small so that there is a safe and intimate environment for all moms to explore the process of birth and what it means to them. Please visit our website at http://www.originalbirth.org or call Sara at 503-312-1169 for more information and class schedules.

Mom's Support Group (New Price)

May 14, 2008

"The Idea of Motherhood"


Are you a mom? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the realities of motherhood? You are not alone! Please join us in a counseling process and support group for mothers with children 8 years old or younger. Group meetings will focus on the emotional exploration of the idea of motherhood and the disconnect with the reality of what motherhood really means.
Group will be cofacilitated by Alison Stawicki, MS, NCC, a professional adult individual counselor and Lindsay McGrath, MS, a professional marriage and family therapist.
Our therapy group will have two Thursday evening offerings meeting from 6-7:30 and from 7:30-9 at the Wise Counsel and Comfort offices (www.portland-therapist.com), 423 NE 60th Ave. Portland, OR 97213. Starting date will be determined.
$20 per meeting, 8 weeks of meetings.
Please contact Alison Stawicki with interest and inquiries at 503-329-4283 or alisonstawicki@yahoo.com.
Adults only please, no childcare available.

NE Portland Mamas

May 11, 2008

Hey all, I'm a new mom to a 6 week baby boy and one of the first of my friends to have a baby so I have a shortage of talking to others I can relate/vent/have fun with that also have a child attached to their side!  Would love to meet other moms to infants ideally on the east side for coffee, walks, kid-friendly happy hour, etc. I live near the Alberta Arts and Mississippi neighborhoods.

Please feel free to email if you're interested!


Green Cleaners Workshops

May 07, 2008

This past weekend I put together my first ever Green Cleaners workshop for a few of my mom friends. I started making all my own cleaners a while ago using nontoxic ingredients, and have been really pleased with both their effectiveness and how the house smells when I clean. I also feel really good about not using any harsh chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin or having dangerous fumes be inhaled by the kids (or me, for that matter). I had a lot of fun doing this, and really enjoy helping others make their homes just a little bit safer.

If you live in the Portland area and are interested in a hands-on workshop that will teach you how to make several different cleaners, including kitchen cleansers, diaper pail deodorizer, tub and tile cleaner, floor mop, all-purpose household cleaner, antiseptic soap spray, and air deodorizer, please contact me.

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Spreading the word: Adoption support services

May 02, 2008

I want to share a wonderful local resource for families who have adopted internationally.  A good friend has started a non-profit organization called Adoption Mosaic that provides a range of support services for internationally adopted children and their families.  Astrid was adopted from Columbia herself and brings an amazing passion to this work, including trainings on trans-racial issues, birth stories, movie nights, and discussion groups.  She recently described to me a training where she assisted parents in preparing to answer their children's questions about their own adoption.  Astrid worked for many years for the state's post-adoption resource center (ORPARC), providing support to families who adopted children from the state of Oregon.  Her passion is international adoption and she created Adoption Mosaic to support families with services not previously available.