We believe that carrying, birthing, and caring for a baby is intuitive. However, there are many times when new and expectant mothers are in need of education or simply affirmation, in order to parent with confidence. Our home-based childbirth education classes are perfect for those families with busy schedules, or for those moms who are on bedrest, and unable to attend the hospital-based classes. A postpartum doula is invaluable in helping a family to transition into a life that includes their newest bundle of joy. Lactation support can provide home-based education to the entire family, as well as, clear techniques to help meet or exceed your breastfeeding goals. Because each birthing and breastfeeding experience is different, it may be beneficial to take advantages of these services with each pregnancy.
All parents can benefit from childbirth education. First time, experienced, planned C-section, and even adoptive parents can gain empowering information from our eclectic, inclusive, and comprehensive classes. Teen parents, busy parents, and moms on bedrest, will appreciate our in-home method of service delivery.
We thoughtfully glean information from a wide variety of education styles and allow you to customize your experience without feeling rushed, embarrassed, or overwhelmed. We are happy to include any family members or close friends who will play a role in supporting mom and baby.
Childbirth education is very beneficial early in the pregnancy (just after 20 weeks), in order to help allay anxiety about pregnancy symptoms, practice labor management techniques, and visualize life with your new family member.
It can be beneficial for the entire circle of support to hear the same information at the same time (especially grandparents and in-laws). With an open mind, we support families who are planning to have hospital, home, or even water births.
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We also specialize in educating mothers and families who have been placed on bed rest prior to being able to attend a hospital-based education series.
Infant CPR and Home Safety
Could you perform CPR if needed? Is your Home Safe for little Ones? Are your caregivers prepared? You Can Learn to Save a Life! Join the best Pediatric CPR course in the city! Wardell Seals and his staff use the most current American Heart Association guidelines in a simple and straight forward way. In addition, they cover airway obstruction removal, home safety and respond to many common household emergencies. Heartbeat CPR also offers BLS classes for professionals. Need Private group classes for your office, school, troop and coaches?
Postpartum doulas provide information and support on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing, basic breastfeeding support, and coping skills for new parents. We help dad help mom and we help to occupy older siblings, while mom focuses on the baby. We may also help with light housework or meal preparation.
Several months before your anticipated due date, we will meet to ensure that we are a great fit. A few weeks before your due date, we may meet to prepare snacks, lactation cookies, frozen crockpot meals, create a postpartum plan, and discuss preferred parenting practices. Shortly after you return home, we will begin our service. From managing basic infant care to creating time for self-care to caring for multiples to C-section recovery, we can help you adjust to this new and wonderful life. We can also help a working mom prepare to return to her job. We are not mental health professionals, but we screen every patient for postpartum depression and can provide resources for those who need help.
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The BLOSSOM Difference
All of our new families receive a mini infant massage instruction session, a postnatal hand & foot massage, 10 minute meditation, introduction to essential oils, and a 30 minute yoga session, included in each postpartum package. All of your postpartum and wellness needs are brought directly to you, by us.
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“A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three." ~ Grantly Dick-Read
Family Breastfeeding Education
Knowledge leads to empowerment. The more information that you and your support system have regarding breastfeeding, before the baby's arrival, the more confident you will be. We will come to your home and talk with your entire family about your important decision to breastfeed. While the decision is between you and your child, it is very helpful to provide education for those who may be supporting you, especially in the first few days or weeks. Uninformed or inexperienced, yet well-meaning family members may (unknowingly) plant seeds of doubt regarding your decision, causing you to be less successful in your breastfeeding journey. Our family-centered education helps to eliminate many myths and misunderstandings about breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not always easy. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will help with latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production, fussy baby, slow infant weight gain, engorgement, milk expression, milk storage, and many more breastfeeding related issues.
Initial and Follow-up consultations are a great starting point. Unlimited phone and e-mail support is included with all consultations. However, in some cases, additional in-person support may be helpful as the breastfeeding plan evolves.
Breastfeeding Peer Counseling
Once you have begun breastfeeding, you may find it helpful to speak with a mother who has successfully breastfed for one year, or to a group of mothers who are on your same journey. Our breastfeeding support groups are located throughout the city and scheduled regularly.