The Mostly Weekly Newsletter for Heart of Houston Birth and Wellness Families and Friends.
Well hello, August!
Ya'll, we made it to August. Congratulations to everyone who survived their first Texas summer! Technically we still have a full month to go but there is an end in sight! The best part of August in our home is the return to school. My kiddos officially return next Wednesday and I am so excited to get into the routine that the school year brings. The first few weeks are typically rough as the kids adjust to new schedules and bedtimes. We've learned to have a lot of grace with the kids and ourselves during times of transition. Our kids tend to behave well in school but as soon as they get home, to their safe space, all those big emotions they've been holding in all day come exploding out. It's hard for little bodies to stay still, seated and in line after months of living like feral cats! What are some of the ways you prep your kids for the start of a new school year?
This month we are excited to introduce gift cards! Listen, I'm a big believer that you should get folks what they ask for on their baby registries. I know that giant 12" monogrammed hair bow is tempting but if the parents asked for gender neutral onesies then gosh darnit, buy them the onesies!!! Then get them something they really need, a membership to the Whole Heart Collective. We now offer 1, 3, 6 and 12 month options available. If you've benefited from being a part of this wonderful community, share with your expectant friends or family. Check out all of our membership options here! Oh, and bonus, you get a free WHC tote with any gift card purchase now through August 31st.
Our friend and family coach Amanda Moore is back on Saturday August 19th for another 50/50 workshop for parents. Whether you are expecting, have a new baby, have a next baby or your babies are kids or teens, the 50/50 is for you. Explore skills, strategies, tools and most importantly validation for navigating the rough waters of “familying”.
This interactive workshop includes discussion and planning on topics like:
- Values lists and family legacies
- The mighty chore chart revisited
- Replacing yourself always
- Outsourcing isn’t a luxury
- Boundary setting
- State of the union meetings
- Letting go of tit-for-tat and the martyr's crown
- Replacing the supermom complex with balance
- Fighting the problems, not each other
- Gottman’s 4 Horseman
Learn some new tools and brush up on some tried and true methods of communication. Sign up for this couple's workshop HERE
If you are pregnant, you and your birthing partner are invited to a fun and interactive birth preparation workshop.
When: Saturday, September 9, 1:00-4:00
Where: Heart of Houston Birth & Wellness Center
What you get:
PREGNANCY YOGA MINI-CLASS
20-minute sequence of postures that you can do daily to support your body as it changes throughout pregnancy. Suitable for all bodies and abilities. You will learn simple yet practical and impactful postures for reducing stress, resolving pain or discomfort, and making space for comfort and joy!
SPINNING BABIES® PARENT CLASS
Spinning Babies® Parent Class highlights your baby’s active role to rotate down and out of the pelvis during labor. Learn techniques to help muscles in your pelvis support an easier birth. During labor, the baby turns through three levels of the pelvis. Together, you and your birth partner can use these techniques before and during labor to help “make room for baby!” Spinning Babies reveals how the baby can find optimal positions for labor and allows birth to be more comfortable.
You will be emailed materials, including the Spinning Babies® Parent Class Companion eBook, that you can refer to during your pregnancy and birth.
What to bring:
Wear loose and comfortable workout clothes
2 Yoga mats
2 Large body towels
Bottles of water
About the teacher:
Catherine Allen (she/her/hers), Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator (SpBCPE) and Pregnancy and Postpartum Yoga Teacher of over two decades offers Spinning Babies® Parent Classes in Houston, Texas and live online. Catherine used the Spinning Babies® approach in her own pregnancies and labors and believes in its philosophy for childbirth. It is an approach that encourages the birthing person to make informed birth choices and helps strengthen the bond between parents and baby.
$99 for each couple or dyad
15% discount for HoH members email Jessica for discount code!
Complete Info and Registration:
Wednesday 6pm Evening Core Class: Comfort Measures! Dress comfy and bring your support person/people!
No Mindful Movement this month!
8/7 10am Yoga with Bee! Get your prenatal or postpartum yoga fix with one of our favorite doulas. Class is donation based for HOH clients and WHC members. Must register!
8/7 12pm Anxiety Group: open to HOH and WHC members only
8/11 6:30pm Meet the Doula Night on Zoom open to the public and free to attend!
8/12 10am Infant CPR for Parents: Please Register
New address 6550 Mapleridge Ste 100
Monthly Ongoing Events
Thursday In Person Postpartum Support Circle: 10-12 in the community room. Open to current HOH & WHC members. Feeding clinic first and third Thursdays of each month.
Queer Parent Circle: Second Sunday of every month 2-4pm Open to the public.
Babywearing Beginners Series:Every Third Saturday 4-5pm Free for HOH & WHC
Parents of School Age Kids Circle: First Sunday of every month 11-1pm Open to the public.
Birth workers Circle: Second Sunday of every month 11am-1:30pm midwives, student midwives, doulas, birth assistants, Obs and L&D nurses are all welcome to attend.
Mindful Movements: First and second Saturday of each month 10:30-12
Yoga with Bee: Every Monday from 10-11am Open to the public members donation based register here.