What is Tending the Village? Let’s imagine a world where families and parents are well resourced and not burnt out...
Let’s imagine a culture that encourages communities and neighborhoods to show up for new families and support them through early parenting..
Let’s create communities rooted in deep relationships so folks have a space to be witnessed and held during the early stages of parenthood.
Because parents and children are really what our communities are made of.
And the more we can show parents how valuable they are, the stronger our communities will become.
Village Tenders offers courses, workshops, consulting services and a free network for parents and care providers. You can learn more on our courses page.
Knowing how to cultivate community is a skill – and it’s one we can grow, together, by sharing resources, tools and practices.
Let's build it, together.
Resourcing new parents
Valuing village-tenders, birthworkers, and postpartum professionals
That caregiving from village tenders is the root of healthy communities
PARENTS DON'T NEED ANOTHER ONLINE GROUP. THEY NEED A VILLAGE – AND EACH OTHER.
I believe that having community is an essential part of flourishing for new parents AND for those of us who care for new parents.
The Birthworkers. The home care visitors. The community builders and leaders of baby groups. The neighbor who shows up with a casserole.
The aunty who cuddles the newborn so a parent can sleep.
The grandparents who’ll fold laundry or babysit. The BFF who researches the best breast pumps. The co-workers who organize a meal train or a baby shower. The lactation consultant who helps the baby latch, finally.
We’ve got some more professional resources for you! A free online network with resources, courses, workshops and tools so you can show up for your community.
And it’s for those of you ready to get started tending your village.
The daily heroes already tending the village: Your support makes all of us stronger.
We’ve got workshops, guides, and courses that can help you do everything from throwing a brilliant baby shower to interrupting harmful narratives impacting new parents to creating more community with local parent and baby groups.
Let’s skill-up and tend the village, together.
I believe that a strong network of support for new parents can fortify the entire community. For 10 years I have been sharing all the tools to make it easy for you to create parent-baby classes in your own neighborhood.
The Postpartum Community Care course and curriculum is the fruit of my experience and education as a doula, early childhood educator and parent.
Here are a few highlights of my education and life experience which has prepared me for this work:
I’m available to consult with HR departments about creating robust parenting support programs to promote retention and prevent brain drain
I’m available to coach emerging Village Tenders as they build their community groups
I teach courses for professionals
I offer kits and courses for friends, families, colleagues and neighbors who want to wrap the parents & babies in their lives in support
Every week, I send out my newsletter that’s packed full of Village-Tending tips for Village Tenders and new parents. I invite you to subscribe
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