The Weekly Newsletter for Heart of Houston Birth and Wellness Families
What a wonderful world!
Happy Monday, everyone! What a whirlwind of a weekend for our amazing midwives. Mary, Rowan, Bethany and student midwife Nolana welcomed THREE babies in less than 48hrs. I was out of town and miss all the action but I'm so excited for all the new parents. Please join me in welcoming the newest members of our Heart of Houston community. Welcome to the world little ones! We are SO happy you're here.
We had a great pregnancy group on Sunday. Even though the group was small we had some really positive feedback about Samina Qureshi tips on hydration and nutrition in hot and humid Houston. The complementary meals from Territory Foods were also well received and we have a few extra here at the office if you'd like to try one. I will upload Samina's handouts to client portal for everyone to check out.
We've added another fun and FREE event to the calendar for new and expectants folks. The ladies of Heirbloom Co are hosting a Mamas & Mocktails event at Heart of Houston. Saturday July 17th from 1:30-3pm. They will have guest speakers, giveaways and yummy treats for each attendant. Heirbloom Co offers birth and postpartum doula services as well as some incredible products for postpartum recovery. This event has been fully sponsored so tickets are now free and there will be some great giveaways! RSVP here! Join us at 10:30 for our Movement and Breathing class and stay for the mocktails and giveaways! This class is open to both expectant and new parents with nurslings.
The Summer of RSV
My social media feeds have been blowing up with news and questions about RSV and Hand Foot and Mouth infections. According to the CDC, RSV infections are typically rare this time of year but because of closures from COVID we are now experiencing a delayed and alarming surge in cases as things open back up. Newborn's with their immature immune systems are especially at risk for hospitalization from RSV. Hand, Foot and Mouth rarely requires hospitalization and is more common in children under five but it is highly contagious. Here are our tips for avoiding infections this summer.
Keep your family safe by :
Continuing to wash and sanitize your hands often.
Avoid populated areas.
Limit number of visitors around your new baby.
Do not allow people to kiss your newborns on the face or hands.
Clean and disinfect surfaces often and stay home if you are sick.
Latch Clinic: July 21st 10am, Leah Jolly IBCLC will join our weekly postpartum support group to answer your feeding questions.
Dance and Stretch Class: July 17th 10am, Joanna is back to ease your mind and prepare your body for the movements of labor. This class is like a session with a doula, yoga instructor and therapist all rolled into one. Take a moment out of your busy schedule to focus on your changing body and growing baby. Class is $15 for Whole Heart Collective members and all Heart of Houston families and $20 for the public. Feel free to invite your friends! Stay after for the Mama's and Mocktails event! RSVP here
Pregnancy Group: July 18th 2pm, Dr. Ploy of West U Wellness Chiropractics will join us for a discussion on Body Alignment and Adjusting to Your Growing Baby. We'll talk about how important alignment is to optimal fetal position. Dr. Ploy specializes in the care of pregnant bodies and babies. Jessica will follow this talk with hands on session of exercises and activities to help your baby get into and stay in an ideal position for birth. * At 4pm Mary Love will follow with a repeat of the When Things Don't Go As Planned class for those who did not attend the first offering. (*please note change in dates*)
Infant CPR & BLS: July 31st 10 am, If you haven't taken a CPR class in the last few years we highly recommend taking a refresher before you bring your new baby home. This is also a great class for grandparents and potential babysitters. This class is an American Heart Association approved class. Sign up here. (This course is appropriate for expectant parents and healthcare workers)
Family Brunch: August 14th 11am, Come meet your fellow Heart of Houston families! Get to know all the great people in your HOH community in a not super awkward setting. This is a potluck style gathering so bring a dish to share.
Postpartum Support Group: Every Wednesday from 10-12ish. Come as you are, come late, leave when you need to.
Various Childbirth Education Curriculums starting soon: Rebel Birth weekly series or weekend intensive , Bradley Method with Anne Zwicky, Hypnobirthing with Sankofa Mama and Birth Without Fear with Joanna coming soon!