4th Trimester Group Classes

Prepare for a Confident & Connected 4th Trimester

Nourished.  Supported.  Connected.  In love.

This is our wish for your family.  Designed by two postpartum doulas and mothers, our 4th Trimester classes will help you create a strong and sustainable foundation to welcome your little one(s).  We'll share practical tools to nourish yourself,  your partnership, and your baby.  You will leave this class with a personalized postpartum plan as well as local community resources to give you the support needed to thrive in the early weeks.

This is not your run- of-the-mill baby care class!  Together we will dive deep into life at home with a newborn.  You will learn how to attune to your baby's needs and decipher what they are communicating to you.  We will cover what normal newborn behavior looks like,  as well as tricks of the trade that O'Nell and Jackie have developed over the years - the best ways to handle fussy evenings, stubborn burps,  and diaper explosion nightmares!

Parents will learn the breast/chestfeeding basics to get the mother-baby dyad off to the best start possible.  Interactive instruction, videos, and wisdom from experienced doulas make this class practical and memorable.  If you're planning on formula-feeding or supplementing, we cover bottle feeding basics, too.

Overwhelmed with what baby gear to buy?  Do you have friends or family saying "you must have this" or "you must have that"?  Let O'Nell and Jackie help you sort through what baby items on the market are worth your investment, which ones are a waste of money, and which ones you just can't live without! Here is your chance to play with some of this stuff and see what you want to add to your registry.

This two-part class is intended for the birthing parent and partner (or other support person) to take together in their second or third trimester of pregnancy.  If you are low income, please email us at BirthRealm@gmail.com - we often have scholarship opportunities available.

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Class Two: Self care, Relationship care, & Breast/chestfeeding

Support team planning

Care for your recovering body

Intimacy & sexuality

Understanding partner's needs

Staying connected as a couple

Postpartum mood disorders

Breastfeeding/chestfeeding

Bottle-feeding & formulas

Pumps & pumping

 

 

Class One: Newborn Care

Infant awareness, communication & behavior

 Bathing

 Swaddling & soothing techniques

Crying & emotionally respectful parenting

 Developmental play & bonding

Sleep rhythms & safety

Baby-wearing basics

Diapering options

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Your teachers, Jackie and O'Nell

As doulas and mothers, Jackie Davey and O'Nell Starkey have supported hundreds of families through the early adjustment to parenthood.  You can expect to receive sound advice and empathetic wisdom from this well-respected, dynamic teaching team.  

We’ve been taking a lot of classes this pregnancy and this class was by far the most practical and helpful.
Jackie and O’Nell are super knowledgeable, non-judgmental, and open to lots of questions from first-time parents. This class is really valuable for expecting couples who don’t have much experience with babies. It answered a lot of our questions, but also raised several more topics that we needed to have brought to our attention (things we hadn’t thought of or hadn’t discussed yet).
My husband and I thought the class was VERY helpful in making us feel more comfortable about this journey.
This class was a lifesaver for us. It had good inclusion as it spoke to couples and not just moms (who are important of course), but as a partner, some courses have left out how I can contribute, help, and understand as part of a team.
I’d recommend this class because it was both informative and engaging.