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).

Seminar Dates and Topics: 

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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.

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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. 

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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 businessis 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