The Early Weeks 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 Early Weeks 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 your fourth trimester.

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 blowouts!

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 a waste of money and which ones you just can't live without!  In this class, you can check out such products yourself and see what you want to invest in or add to your registry.

The 4th trimester is a potent time of growth and integration for each member of the family.  We will give you a realistic picture of what to expect and help you get the logistics set up so you can relax into the sweetness and magic of this transformational time.  

This class is intended for the birthing parent and partner to take together in their second or third trimester of pregnancy.  If you are not partnered, we encourage you to bring a person who will be supporting you in the postpartum time, or you may come alone - we will include resources and activities to support your solo/single parenting journey.  We encourage parents to take a separate breastfeeding and childbirth education class as we do not cover those topics in this class.  If you are low income, please email us at BirthRealm@gmail.com - we often have scholarship opportunities available.  

 

Carriers & baby-wearing basics

Support team planning

Caring for your recovering body

Intimacy & sexuality

Understanding partner's needs

Staying connected as a couple

Postpartum mood disorders

Infant awareness, communication & behavior

 Bathing & grooming

 Swaddling & soothing techniques

Crying & emotionally respectful parenting

 Developmental play & bonding

Diapering options

Sleep rhythms & safety.

 
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PETALUMA $280 SALE! $195

Classes are centrally located at the Luma Center in downtown Petaluma.  All materials are included and light refreshments will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch.  Please register by April 17th.

Saturday, April 21st

10 am - 5 pm

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SEBASTOPOL $280 SALE! $195

Classes will meet in the beautiful yurt called Brigid's Well in South Sebastopol.  All materials are included and light refreshments will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch.   Please register by May 2nd.

Sunday, May 6th 

10 am - 5 pm

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SAN ANSELMO $280

Classes are held at the lively  Pomegranate Center in downtown San Anselmo.  All materials are included and light refreshments will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch.  Please register by June 19th.

Saturday, June 23rd

10 am - 5 pm

Private Classes 

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Personalized preparation for your next chapter.

Can't make it to an Early Weeks Group Class?  Prefer the one-on-one attention and focus of a private class?  Either O'Nell or Jackie can come to your home in the San Francisco North Bay Area and bring our Early Weeks foundations to you!  You'll learn newborn care, self-care, and relationship care in a customized 4 to 5 hour class that is relevant to your family.  You'll get hands-on practice of newborn care with our lifesize baby dolls, as well as access to the online presentations and resource lists we use in our group classes.  For in-home classes, we can give you feedback about nursery set-up or logistics based on your home and values.  O'Nell or Jackie will focus on the material that is most interesting to you and make sure all your questions get answered.   Cost $350.

 Click the Book Now! button below to get started.

 
 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.     

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. ”
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