Education and Fun at CNY Doula Connection Events
CNY Doula Connection is going back to the basics, Birth Basics. Our group has restructured out meetings to bring the basics of pregnancy, labor and delivery to all expecting parents. Our meetings will provide information to educate parents on what to expect during this time and how we, as doulas, can help further educate, nurture and support your birth wishes.
Upcoming Birth Basics meeting:
Every 2nd Monday each month (except December)
CNY Healing Arts
195 Intrepid Lane
Syracuse, NY 13205
January 9th: Pregnancy Mental Health
**This meeting will be held via Zoom
Being pregnant is a huge life event and it is natural to feel a lot of different emotions. This is open for all family members needing a safe, supportive environment to receive information on what is normal emotionally and how to cope with new changes including fear and anxiety. Melanie Jennings, will also talk about ways to seek help so that you can feel like you again.
February 13th: How to Induce Your Labor Naturally
**This meeting will be held via Zoom
Are you considering natural induction techniques and tricks to help kickstart your labor? Wondering what works or if it's just a hoax? Join us to learn more about some of the most talked about ways to naturally induce your labor. Guest speaker Dr. Rebecca Alexander Carey will also be included in this discussion.
March 13th: Comfort Measures for Labor
**This meeting will be held in-person at CNY Healing Arts
Come out and spend the evening learning ways to work with your body during labor naturally. We will demonstrate and practice different positions for labor, how the birth ball can be beneficial, and more! Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.
April 10th: How to Plan for Your Birth
Explore options you have surrounding your labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period, and learn how to communicate these preferences with your care team. Photographer, Courtney Seamans, will also talk about how to capture those first moments with your new baby.
May 8th: Mini Childbirth Ed
Looking for the basic tools and information for preparing for birth but have limited time? This mini-prep class will help prepare you for what to expect during labor. You will gain confidence, learn about the birth process, and address concerns. Dr Rebecca Alexander Carey, physical therapist and yoga instructor, will also speak about how to prepare for labor and birth.
June 12th: Coping Strategies for Birth
This meeting is all about helping you and your partner feel prepared for birth. We will teach you skills to help you cope through labor. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.
July 10th: Bringing Home Baby
Be prepared to take your baby home with confidence. We will go over baby basics including swaddling, soothing, bathing, and sleep. Caitlin Klossner will also discuss how to incorporate self-care into your daily routine to work on recovering physically from birth.
August 14th: How to Have a Low Intervention Birth
Everyone wants the best possible labor, delivery, and birth experience. For most of us, this means avoiding unnecessary labor interventions especially if we want a natural childbirth. Some people might think that there’s no harm in a few labor interventions; however, every unnecessary intervention puts you at a much greater risk for more, and increasingly risky, interventions. There may always be circumstances beyond our control. That’s a given, and making the best-informed choice in that moment is a necessity. There is much, though, that can be done to create a natural, gentle birth while still being in a hospital setting. We will discuss what constitutes as an intervention and how one may lead to another, and tips on ways to prevent unnecessary interventions. Certified personal trainer, Angela Mosley, will also be discussing how to prepare your body physically with simple exercises you can do at home.
September 11th: Comfort Measures for Labor
As you prepare for your upcoming birth, you want to have a variety of techniques to help you cope through labor. This hands-on class will cover positions for labor and other comfort measures you and your partner can use during your birth. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Dr. Anna-Marie Simpson will discuss how adding chiropractic care to your pregnancy routine can help prepare your body (and baby) for labor.
October 9th: Perinatal Mental Health
Anxiety and depression may occur in expectant and new parents. Adjusting to these new changes can be challenging. Join us as we welcome Tracy Torelli, LCSW-R, CASAC, as we talk about mental health in this safe space. She will also provide a brief overview of the signs and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and ways to get help.
November 13th: Coping Strategies for Birth
This is a great interactive, hands-on class for you and your partner to prepare for labor. You will walk away with a variety of tools for your toolbox to help you cope through labor. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Physical therapist, Dr. Danielle Corapi, will also talk about how pelvic floor therapy can help the pushing stage of labor.
December: No Birth Basics. Enjoy the holidays!