Bellies is here to support you!
Bellies is here to support you! We offer a variety of classes and workshops to help educate and inform you every step of the way. These classes vary from private to virtual to group settings. Our classes are taught by highly credentialed educators committed to provide a safe environment, where you will gain valuable assets such as a great knowledge of important parenting topics, a tribe with lifelong parent friends, a high level of confidence, a deep sense of encouragement, and a nurturing community with other like-minded parents navigating their way on this beautiful journey. Please check below to see what classes fit your needs. Bellies can customize classes per your requests. We are always adding new classes for our community, so please, check back regularly! Create a Bellies Bundle with the classes you want and save!
Childbirth Prep Class
This intimate and highly informative class is designed to promote birth as normal, natural and healthy. There is no “right” way to give birth, and each situation and baby is unique. Our goal is for you and your birth partner to be empowered, inspired, and prepared for your birthing experience. Using partner support, you will learn ways to achieve a “natural birth” using a variety of methods. Our childbirth class is offered in virtual or live settings, both in groups or private sessions. Our exclusive, private in-home course can be tailored specific to your needs. Check our availability online or contact us for any special requests.
We also offer an exclusive, private in-home course for your comfort, and tailored specific to your needs. Contact us for more information, scheduling and pricing inquiries.
Mamas & Babies Series
Welcome to motherhood and congratulations on the birth of your new baby!
Bellies’ Mamas & Babies Group nurses the needs of you and your new baby in a nurturing, supportive community. Our 8-week series of classes is facilitated by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who is a mama herself. Each class includes a weekly topic, handouts related to parenthood and baby’s development, songs, and lots of time for discussion. Studies show postpartum support is an important contributor to the emotional and physical well-being of mothers and babies. Come join your tribe!
Breastfeeding With Success
This class covers a variety of topics such as what support to expect from your healthcare provider (hospital, birth center, or homebirth), managing milk supply the first few weeks after birth, “Baby-Friendly” hospital settings, and the importance and benefits of breastfeeding. Also discussed are lactation in special situations, such as premature infancy, multiples, cesarean births, or illness. You will gain confidence in the basics like positioning, latch, when to feed baby and how often, how much is enough, milk supply, sore nipples, engorgement, pumps, nutrition, partner roles, and family support. Also covered: guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), healthcare provider advocacy, benefits of nursing, how breastmilk is made, how breastmilk changes to accommodate baby’s needs, and how to ease into a successful lactation journey.
Healthy Pregnancy & Nutrition
Curious about baby’s development during pregnancy? Eager to learn about nutrition and what foods to avoid? This class teaches a variety of topics including gentle exercises, stretching, optimal nutrition, how to manage common pregnancy discomforts, tests suggested by your care provider (including California prenatal screening), sexuality during pregnancy, and signs of premature labor.
Newborn Care Class
Learn what to expect from birth through the early weeks of caring for your newborn from birth appearance and characteristics to understanding newborn reflexes. We will discuss newborn screening tests, caring for your baby, calming baby techniques and bonding, the importance of skin-to-skin, reducing SIDS, Infant Safety and Tummy Time.
Bonding and Bottle-feeding
In this private session, our instructor will coach you on bottle-feeding techniques to build confidence with nurturing baby. We educate you on ways to recognize baby cues, methods to pace feed, and types of bottles designed to maximize the parent-to-baby bottle-feeding experience. We advise on bottle designs, optimal brands, baby’s stomach capacity, scheduling, timing, burping, cleaning, and how much to feed baby. Our educator will compassionately teach you soothing practices to comfort you during feeding, that will help you build an everlasting bond with baby.
Going Back to Work Class
Going back to work and committed to giving breastmilk to your baby? Come learn how to master pumping at work and gain valuable information on how to successfully continue breastfeeding well after maternity leave. This is a private class catered to your specific goals for managing working, pumping, and breastfeeding.
Some topics covered in this class are:
- How to prepare for your first day back at work
- Managing your time to pump at work
- Storage, supplementing and daily routines
- Helpful instructions for your nanny, daycare or grandparent
- Tips on how to be successful at working and nursing
- Products that can help make your pumping life easier
Bellies, Babies, Bosoms and SLEEP!
How to GET SLEEP NOW!
Does any of this sound familiar?
- Your child needs to nurse, bottle feed or use a pacifier in order to get to sleep
- You are waking up with your child once, twice, three (or more) times each night
- Your child needs to be rocked, bounced, or taken for a car ride in order to nap
- Your child REFUSES to nap or only sleeps for 30 minutes
- Your own lack of sleep is starting to take a toll on you and your family
Join us for our FREE Workshop with the BEST Pediatric Sleep Consultants from Pam Nease Sleep, who will be answering your questions and discussing HOW to overcome these common sleep challenges with their loving, simple, practical and FUN sleep solutions.