We welcome our daughter, Naomi Elise, born July 2016. Karissa will be on maternity leave this summer, but will return to supporting Families in October. Stay tuned for blog postings and updates to this site over the next few months!
Retro Childbirth Classes!
Childbirth Class Schedule
- Tuesdays, May 3-24, 6-9pm, Registration Due 4/26
- Tuesdays, June 7-28, 6-9pm, Registration Due 5/31
- Tuesdays, September 6-27, 6-9pm, Registration Due 8/30
- Tuesdays, October 4-25, 6-9pm, Registration Due 9/27
- Tuesdays, November 1-22, 6-9pm, Registration Due 10/25
Refresher Course for Seasoned Parents
- Saturday, May 14, 10-1pm, Registration Due 5/7
- Saturday, June 11, 10-1pm, Registration Due 6/4
- Saturday, September 10, 10-1pm, Registration Due 9/3
- Saturday, October 8, 10-1pm, Registration Due 10/1
- Saturday, November 12, 10-1pm, Registration Due 11/5
- Saturday, December 10, 10-1pm, Registration Due 12/3
Big News! Breastfeeding Consults and Classes
As I continue to work at Cary Pediatrics, I am expanding my lactation practice to the private sector and will be offering consults beginning in May. I am excited to extend my services to the Triangle community at large and look forward to serving more Mothers and Families. Please visit the Lactation Clinic & Class page for more details.
Thank you for allowing me to serve Triangle Families for the past seven years; I am so excited about this new adventure!
Risks- What are the potential risks to proceeding?
Alternatives- What are our other options?
Intuition- What do our guts tell us?
Necessary- Is it necessary at this moment, or can we have some time?
- What are the instructor’s goals for the class?
- What is the instructor’s philosophy on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding?
- What is their curriculum based on? What evidence-based information do they use?
- How long is the class? What does it cover?
- Will the class include hands on practice?
- What interventions are covered?
What an appropriate day to share my new venture. Four years ago I became a Mother. At this time I also owned a little diaper shop that doubled as a community center. This 400 sq ft boutique was modest in size, but big on its impact in so many lives, including my own. "New Moms Group" was held weekly, along with a list of other programs, and dozens of sleep deprived women would converge with their sweet babes to share stories and seek support. Tina Sherman, the facilitator, connected so many women, many of which are friends to this day.
We graduated about a half dozen groups. My particular group was the last before we closed our doors. We were a rag tag group who came from all over the triangle with colorful stories and interesting backgrounds. From early twenties to forties, our common denominator was that Motherhood was humbling and we sought normalcy in a new life we knew nothing about. Mommy friends bond quickly- much like living in a foxhole, we commiserated over battle wounds (sore nipples) and sleep deprivation. My Mamas were my comrades, and they still are.
Over these four years we have grown apart at times, finding other friends, returning to work, etc., but this tribe has been the backbone of my time as a Mother. We still call ourselves "New Moms Group" even though we have second, and even third children on the way. We have celebrated many milestones, and we have braved tragedy. Having strong women beside a new Mother is what I hope for every pregnant Mom.
This Spring I was offered the opportunity to work for Baby + Co, a new Birth Center in Cary, where I teach and facilitate a number of programs. One in particular is close to my heart, and will start this week. "A Mother is Born" will be a biweekly group for Pregnant Mothers in their second trimester. It will be a safe place to ask questions, learn about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and most importantly, to meet other Women.
This program is currently free, and all expecting Moms are welcome to join. I only ask that you commit to attending every other Monday from 6:30-8pm for four sessions. Please visit Starting this week, I will be facilitating "A Mom is Born" groups at Baby+ Co. This will be a place for Mothers in their 2nd Trimester to meet fellow Mamas and build community. It is so important for women to be with others along this amazing journey, and I am honored to be a part of it. This is a FREE group; I simply ask for commitment to meet every other Monday from 6:30-8pm for 2 months. Moms must sign up no later than tonight! Please share! To sign up, please visit http://cary.babyandcompany.com/classes-wellness-support/a-mom-is-born/ to sign up.
Below are a few questions about breastfeeding that I frequently field during my Breastfeeding Basics Class. Teaching this course affords me the unique opportunity to work with Pregnant Women and their Partners so that they can prepare for breastfeeding well before birth.
What do I do when the baby wants to be on me ALL THE TIME? I wish I could prepare pregnant woman for the amount of time they will spend nursing their babies. It's always a surprise. In a society where we revere multitasking, it can be a hard notion to accept when I suggest mom simply nurse, eat and rest. A baby is transitioning from womb to the world, and her Mother is her constant. She seeks comfort in mom, and breasts not only nourish, but they regulate breathing, heart rate, temperature, assist in the myelination of nerves and literally protect with the antibodies that are produced in breastmilk. You cannot spoil a baby. A local Doula, Kim, recently shared a wonderful story of a Russian neighbor who said she was puzzled by the statement "spoiling a baby". Spoiling is ugly and rancid. It is what happens when something is neglected and allowed to deteriorate . Holding ones baby is anything but spoiling.
How do I know my baby is eating enough? We live in a bottle feeding society, and since we dont have milliliter ticks on the sides of our breasts, many of us often wonder if we are producing enough for baby. When baby is first born, you will have colostrum, a thick sticky substance to nourish her. What colostrum lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in antibodies and nutrients. In fact, on the first day of life, your baby eat less than a teaspoon of colostrum per feed! Babies are not born hungry. Their bellies are tiny and they have the stores to sustain themselves for the first days. As your baby learns coordinate sucking and swallowing, your breasts will produce transitional and then mature milk. Look for the following signs of a well fed breastfed baby:
- What goes in comes out. Is baby urinating frequently? Is it light in color?
- Poop tells a story. At first it is dark meconium and then transitions to green and eventually to yellow stool after a few days.
- Does baby look satiated? Does baby come off the breast themselves and does he or she look relaxed after the feed? Is baby nursing 8 or more times per day?
- Hydration is Key. Is Baby's mouth moist? And if you gently pinch the skin, does it bounce back? If so, these are good signs of hydration.