Further deepen or expand your preparation for parenthood!
Each month in 2018, we've invited experts from around the Triangle to offer informative, fun, and interactive workshops on a variety of topics relevant to your life as a new parent. This series grew out of the number of our client, new parents just like you, who were looking for more, beyond Baby's first few weeks.
More of what? More answers to your questions that aren't covered in any birth or parenting class. More ways to prepare for your family's future. More ways to connect with your baby, and support them throughout their early years.
Registration for each seminar is limited, and each class is $30 per person. Reserve your space by completing the registration below (Sign up for each session individually.). Each seminar is held at the Emerald Doulas office on the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. (Note: There will be no seminar in May, due to Mother's Day).
**Learn more AND save more with our 4-seminar bundle! Click here to purchase that, and then use it to register for any four seminars of your choosing!** Otherwise, register using the button below for individual workshops.
Seminar Dates and Topics:
March 11: Early Motor Development: What to Expect and How to Support Your Baby (w/ Babies on the MOVE)
About this seminar: An educational class to learn how early movement experiences foster future motor development. After attending this class, you will be empowered to help your baby excel with motor development with knowledge of how to foster motor milestones, position your baby for gaining strength, and stimulate their sensory systems.
About the speakers: Babies On The MOVE is committed to educating parents with information and hands on experiences that will help them foster their baby's motor development through therapy and class-based services. Babies On The MOVE is led by Rebecca Quinones and Rachel Gandy, board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialists in Physical Therapy. Rebecca and Rachel received their doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from Duke University and together have more than twenty years of experience in their field. As moms to a combined five children, they can relate to the challenges of parenthood and share their knowledge and experience to help guide you through the first years of your child's growth and development.
April 8: Starting Solids and Normal Oral Motor Development for Infants (w/ Karen Williams)
About this seminar: Curious when to start solids and how to introduce them? You might be surprised to hear that introduction of meals and mealtimes can lay the groundwork for speech and language later on in life. This seminar will discuss infant feeding and normal oral development, and how to introduce new foods and solids to your baby in a way that is supportive to their specific needs.
About the speaker: Karen K. Williams, M.S. CCC-SLP is the owner of Homegrown, PLLC. She is accredited on a state level by the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and on a national level by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She lives in Apex, North Carolina and grew up in the Raleigh area. Karen graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Choral Music. She earned her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Her clinical experience includes providing therapy in the hospital, private practice, preschool, home, and school settings with people of all ages. Karen especially enjoys working with children and their families on various aspects of speech, feeding, and language. Her specific interests include pediatric dysphagia (feeding), language development, articulation, and voice disorders. While pursuing her graduate degree in Boston, Karen was a member of the Northeastern University Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, as well as the National Speech Language and Hearing Association.
June 10: Sleep Solutions for Infants and Toddlers (w/ Liz Harden)
About this seminar: You will learn everything you need to know about achieving the best sleep possible for your baby. We’ll explore how biology, environment, and an infant's stage of development can impact sleep. We will also discuss what’s “normal” in baby sleep, how to set up healthy sleep habits, curb unwanted ones, and encourage better napping and longer stretches of night sleep. Come with questions, and flexibility, and leave with confidence and the know-how to ensure your entire family is getting a little more rest.
About the speaker: Liz Harden, MPH is a pediatric sleep coach, yoga instructor, and health educator. She is the owner of Little Dipper Wellness in Carrboro, NC and works with families across the Triangle to find creative, gentle solutions to getting the exercise and sleep they need to be well, and to be well-rested. Liz is also the mother of two children (who sleep well, now!)
July 8: Infant Massage and Soothing Touch (w/ Ayden Cox)
About this seminar: Bring your baby (and some coconut oil!) for this hands-on, fun opportunity to explore new ways to bond with your little one. Participants will learn how to provide their baby with soothing, loving touch through infant massage. Plus, you'll learn the benefits of bodywork for infants, and the important role that it plays in your baby's development.
About the speaker: Ayden Cox is a licensed massage therapist who has been in practice since 2011. She specializes in Craniosacral Therapy for newborns, as well as pregnant, postpartum and wishing-to-become pregnant folks. She combines her many years of experience as a doula and midwifery student with a lifetime of curiosity about the mechanics of the body to create a multi-disciplinary approach to bodywork. She greatly values her role in helping facilitate healing, but believes mostly in the power of the body to heal itself. She believes that positive experiences of touch in infancy can change lives, and thusly change the world, and she is honored to help parents connect with their newborns through the power of structured, loving touch.
August 12: Prenatal & Postpartum Nutrition: Make it easy the Well-Balanced Way (w/ Lucy Hayhurst)
About this seminar: When it comes to eating before, during, and after pregnancy there is no shortage of confusing and conflicting information and advice. Plenty of people encourage you to "eat up because you're eating for two!" While the science tells us we only need an extra 200-300 calories/day. Let's get back basics, eating Well-Balanced, and listening to our own bodies for a happy and healthy family! You'll learn: What the heck is Well-Balanced eating anyway? Plus, how to eat well when you're on-the-go, basic prenatal and postpartum nutrition guidelines, family meal planning strategies and tools, and more!
About the speaker: Lucy Hayhurst is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and the owner of Well Balanced Nutrition. It's her mission to improve lives by teaching, empowering, and connecting people one wellness adventure at a time. Lucy combines her enthusiasm for fitness and playing in nature with her love for nutritious food and the result is a fun, interactive adventure for her clients. Lucy can light up a room and inspire a crowd. In addition to individual counseling, she enjoys opportunities to speak on wellness for large and small groups.When not at work, you’ll find her walking in the woods, practicing yoga and meditation, making new friends or helping in her community. She enjoys the many state and national parks in NC and loves a great backpacking adventure.
September 9: Dogs and Storks (w/ Jennifer Shryock)
About this seminar: This program is perfect for expecting families with dogs as they prepare for life with baby. It offers positive, practical, and fun solutions that will help you include your dog once baby arrives. We want to help ease families into the transition from pet parents to baby parents with pets. This workshop offers: tips to begin preparing with your family dog for life with baby, must-know information for expecting parents with dogs, practical solutions so that you can have fun while your dog learns, education on dog body language that will enhance your bond and success, and on-going support.
About the speaker: Jennifer Shryock is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), owner of Family Paws™ LLC in Cary, NC and holds a degree in Special Education. Jennifer is also former VP of Doggone Safe a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support. Jennifer also has proudly served on the board member of the International Childbirth Education Association. A recognized expert on dog and baby/toddler interactions and safety, Jennifer has written and spoken extensively about these topics. Her two programs, Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™ have been featured in national media such as The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart LIVING along with many TV and radio appearances.
October 14: Navigating The Transition From Person to Parent (w/ Lili Wang, OT)
About this seminar: Making the leap from independent adult to parenting is one of the biggest life changes we experience. As our identities shift and responsibilities change, it can be challenging to balance the old versions of ourselves with the new. During this workshop, we will work together to discuss strategies to help preserve the aspects of our old identities that feel most important, while balancing our new roles as parents to our little ones. How do I find time to myself and my priorities? Who is in my support network and how to best communicate with them? Whether you're anticipating the arrival of your first child, or your fifth, we welcome you to join us to work through these questions and more!
About the speaker: Lili Wang is an Occupational Therapist and a new mom who lives in Durham with her family. After receiving her Master's in OT from UNC-Chapel Hill, Lili worked in the public schools for several years before transitioning to stay home full-time with her daughter. Following the birth of her daughter in October 2016, she became increasingly interested in how new parents adjust their identities as their lives shift, as she herself was trying to do. Through ups and downs and in-betweens, she still strives to find balance in her role as a mother along side all of her other roles - as a wife, sister, friend. Using her background as an OT, and considering the way that life roles, relationships, environments, and occupations overlap, she hopes to help other new parents find strategies to help navigate these changes in their own families.
November 11: Documenting Your Family's Story (w/Kallyn Boerner)
About this seminar: There may be no bigger story than the one that unfolds in front of you with your loved ones day in and out. Those moments that grow more rich with time can be messy, meaningful or mundane. In this seminar, Kallyn will offer tips on how you can strengthen your own family photography using your own equipment, and preserve those personal moments that are unique to your world.
About the speaker: Kallyn owns a photography business, is a birth and postpartum doula as well as a wife, daughter, sister, friend and lover of life! She lives and frolics in Durham while also enjoying the beautiful state of North Carolina. In her 20-year career as a photojournalist, she was often in the midst of unpredictable situations where her job was to make the strongest pictures she knew how. She brings her ability to flow with the situation and roll with the unexpected while capturing the precious moments of the day.
December 9: Financial Planning For New Families