Postnatal care and recovery is one of the most under-discussed and under valued aspects of healthcare in the US, as well as many other countries. Not only are we falling short to support the extraordinary physiologic changes after birth, our culture and systems literally don't create space to acknowledge the huge life changes that come with welcoming a baby.
Time and time again, new parents are made to feel invisible.
Community Supported Postpartum groups are local classes for parents and babies to be seen, to be acknowledged, to build community and to be resourced with support to recover and flourish.
Our modern culture puts expecting mothers on a pedestal but abandons parents of newborns at the exact moment you most need our care and attention.
(I blame our mainstream preoccupation with individualism, productivity and busy-ness.)
But when you thrive, our children and communities thrive.
So let’s put you at the center of a web of support, right now.
In our weekly group you will be connected with local caregivers who offer traditional postpartum practices, physical postpartum healing and conversations on the essential specialized care bodies that have birth need in the first year (and beyond).
We will share ways to create ritual and rhythm with baby through your day so you can build security, trust and belonging in your dyad.
Our group is rooted in community building for new parents...without the dogma or judgement.
Our classes create space to connect with yourself, with your baby and with your community.
For 9 years our inter-generational weekly classes have been a place where we bring local resources to you, all with one thing in common: nurturing the postpartum journey and making visible the profound changes as a parent.
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 community supported postpartum group is the fruit of my experience and education as a doula, early childhood educator and parent.
I believe that a strong network of support for new parents can fortify the entire community. I have facilitated local groups for new parents and their babies for 9 years in west Sonoma County, each one continuing to build community connections long after the classes end.
You can read more about me, my experience and education Here.
*You will learn songs and games to connect with your baby using the language of bonding, respect and delight.
*Learn simple nurturing practices to add to your day that will keep you grounded and nourished AND get comfortable asking for support (despite cultural conditioning that influences new mothers to "do it all").
*Enjoy a nourishing snack especially made for the postpartum season with organic ingredients and herbal tea. (Including a copy of each week's menu ingredients so you can make it at home.)
*Meet local caregivers face to face, who offer resources and practical tools focused on nourishing your postpartum journey. (It's like a mini-class each week from all of the best practitioners focused on tending to parent's and baby's needs in the first year.)
*Share the HUGE transformation and unseen work of early parenting in a nurturing space of support, acknowledgement and friendship which blossoms long after our group ends.
*Groups will have access to our robust online resource hub.
Past class topics have included:
*Baby Massage and the importance of nurturing touch for babies and parents.
*Mother Warming and Vitality through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine and herbs.
*Capturing moments of early motherhood with Haiku.
*Herbal wisdom for baby care and mother rejuvenation.
*Rehabilitating pelvic floor and core.
*Staying connected with your partner as a new family.
*Traditional postpartum practices to recover a birthing body.
*Making requests as building community.
*Creating a support plan to rest and slow down in the postpartum season.
*Postpartum nourishment and baby's first foods.
*Creating simple home rhythms and new family traditions for your family.
*Show and tell...collaborative wisdom.
* If you are pregnant and interested in joining once your baby is in arms, you are welcome to visit.*
---Spring 2022 classes---
Classes begin: April 19, 2022
Classes Length: 8 weeks long ending June 7th
Location: At my home in Graton and once at Ragle Park Sebastopol
-2 options for new parents-FULL
**Morning parent & baby class-1 parent/caregiver + baby(ies)*
10-12pm on Tuesdays
**Afternoon parent & baby class- 1 parent/caregiver + baby (ies)
2-4 pm on Tuesdays
We use a sliding scale model for reciprocity $250-$350 for 8 weeks.
Click here to access the enrollment form
*Welcome & Community Building.How do you want to define your postpartum season? What values and practices do you want to center for your to flourish?
*Making requests=Community building and interrupting the narratives that keep us isolatedwith Kerry (How receiving support actually builds community and interrupts toxic individualism and isolation culture)
*Pelvic Floor Recovery and simple practices to bring strength and well-being to your pelvic floor with Jeanie Wright
*Nourishing foods for the postpartum year (Simple recipes that deeply nourish your body and why we have special dietary needs after
birth....while interrupting diet culture and the myth of "getting your body back")
*Forest Bathing, Nurturing in Nature and the Sit Spot with Abigail Stohs
*Rhythm and Ritual with Kerry~create moments through your day that build connection with your needs and your baby needs, define your family culture.
*Learn a gentle home-based yoga practice for you and your baby with Lila Diaz More (movement that centers "nurture-back, rather than "bounce back")
....and more supportive topics, community building and guest speakers.
Click here join the waitlist for our fall 2022 series (September 6-November 8th) -you will be contacted in August when enrollment opens.
Give the gift of support by purchasing this class for a friend, email email@example.com
Free community resources when you join the free Community Supported Postpartum (CSP) Network. Mighty networks is like a blog, Facebook news feed and learning platform all rolled into one. The CSP network is a place for new parents and those who care for new parents to build community and share resources.
These heart-full weekly emails are filled with resources, tips and inspiration to support parents and those who work with parents to build community and flourish.