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The Bumpdate: Labor Prep, Music for Babies, Member Gear Swap-Shop, Lending Library, and Social Media


Sunny Skies Ahead

Three Time Employee of the Month, Ophelia

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope you all are enjoying this incredible weather after a week of gray skies and slick streets. We had some great events this past month and we're looking forward to more fun events in February.


Our dear nurse Rachel has taken charge of much of our social media and she's absolutely killing it! Follow us on Instagram or Facebook and let us know what you think.


We're not cool enough for any TikTok content just yet but you can follow us here and here. We're really trying up our social media game and we want to know what type of content you want to see. Obviously Ophelia, but other than that cute little redhead what do you want see/learn/hear from us?



Awkward 8th Grade Slow dance Pros!


Awkward!


Tomorrow we have another great Comfort Measures class. You already know this is my favorite class to teach. I love watching folks try new things! We set up six relaxation stations around the lobby and community room and folks rotate stations to find what works for them. The truth is there is a lot of laughter, a few inappropriate jokes (surprisingly, not all from me) and always, a few tears are shed. This class is often taken by folks in their final trimester so the anticipation of their big day has been building up for months, sometimes years. As a society we are sometimes so eager to move on to the next thing we forget to stop and just relish the current moment. This is a chance to slow down and physically connect with your partner as you prepare to take on this monumental task together. What you enjoy in class you might HATE in labor but this class will give your support person/people a toolbox full of ideas to support you at every stage of labor. As an added bonus we'll have some of our favorite doulas around to help at the various stations. Hope you'll join us!




Friendly reminder to bring back any books you've borrowed from our lending library. We also accept donations!



Thanks, friends!






Early Spring Cleaning!


Don't forget! Next weekend is our Spring 2024 Baby Gear Drop/ Swap-Shop!  Bring your gently used clothing, maternity clothing, baby and kid gear to share with fellow HOH and Whole Heart Collective members. Leave what you no longer want and take what you need! You do not have to bring items to participate! Drop your items off on Friday the 9th from 10am to 2pm and come shopping on Saturday 2/10 from 12-4pm. **Please do not bring items any sooner than 10am on 2/9-we do not have storage space.**  All items not claimed by 5pm on Saturday will be taken to local organizations for donation.




OOPS!


Last month I posted that we had a Baby Music Class with our friends over at Prelude Music but it was supposed to be a Music for Pregnancy Class. Turns out it was still a great class and everyone had such a fun time.

This time I double, triple checked and it IS a Baby Music Class!

Join us on Friday Feb 9th from 12:15-1pm and fall in love with Prelude's founder Ana Treviño-Godfrey and the magic she shares through music.




New Event!

Join Sarnia Inspires for a fun and energizing pregnancy and postpartum group fitness class! Whether you're in the early stages of pregnancy or have recently given birth, this fitness class is suitable for all fitness levels. Come and enjoy a workout tailored to your unique needs, while also gaining valuable knowledge and tips about fitness as well as connecting with other parents.  Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to prioritize your health and fitness during this transformative time. Reserve your spot now and embark on a journey towards a healthier and happier pregnancy and postpartum experience!  Feel free to bring your babies/children to make it a family workout. Bring your exercise gear and join us for a fantastic workout that will leave you feeling empowered and energized! 

This fitness class is $15 for the public, $8 for HOH and WHC members, and free for current and past clients of Sarnia Inspires. Click here to Register



Meet midwifery student CJ, again


It's been one year since we introduced you to our student midwife, CJ Thorp. In that year we have seen this very green and very eager newbie grow into a confident midwife assistant. CJ, we're glad to have you on our team!


CJ is a midwifery student at the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program. She is very excited to be joining the Heart of Houston team.


She was raised in both San Diego, CA and a small orchard town in Oregon. She first discovered midwifery when writing a speech in high school about maternal mortality, both in the U.S. and abroad. Learning about how midwives make birth safer and more comfortable for women led her to learn everything she could about birth and pregnancy. She briefly studied at the University of New Mexico and witnessed her first birth while interning at Maternidad La Luz, a bilingual birth center in El Paso, TX.


CJ firmly believes midwifery care is deserved by all mothers and hopes to later serve in one of Texas' many rural, low-income counties without a midwife. She also plans to earn a degree in nutrition after midwifery school.


In her free time, she enjoys travel, sewing, and cooking. She also plays drums with an Afro-Brazilian samba reggae drum group in Houston. She is currently an assisting student with HOH and loves learning all she can about pregnancy and birth.




February Events




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 Second Saturday 4-5pm Free for HOH & WHC

  • Birth workers Circle: Second Sunday of every month 11am-1:00pm midwives, student midwives, doulas, birth assistants, Obs and L&D nurses are all welcome to attend.

  • Various Childbirth Education Curriculums starting soon: Bradley Method with Anne Zwicky, In/At Labor with Debbie Hull


That's all for now! Have a great week everyone.




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