In this class you will learn gentle ways of caring for your newborn – particularly the hands on skills needed to feel competent and confident as you welcome your new baby home. With a focus on the first weeks to early months this class will help you learn to swaddle, diaper, and wear your baby in style. You will even learn the ‘spa’ (read, “cry free”) bath!
Classes are held on Sundays from 2-6 p.m. All are welcome but the classroom only accomodates 8 couples so be sure to register online early as these classes often fill and have waiting lists.
2014 class dates: January 19, March 16, June 1
If the class dates don’t work or the classes are full, ABC also offers private in-home classes (at a higher rate) – contact us for more info. For our families expecting multiples, Kimberly also offers a class through Providence Health System in Portland called “TWINS AND MORE; Newborn Care and Feeding.” Registration is done through the Providence website, and classes are offered once a quarter. (Try to do this before 30 weeks gestation if possible…bed rest happens all too frequently to our families expecting more than one!)
ABC owner Kimberly Bepler is a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Trainer, and regularly offers postpartum doula trainings in Portland and other states. These trainings are fun and interactive 2-3 day workshops that cover the basics of postpartum care, including: Breastfeeding Support, Modern Newborn Care, Family Adjustment, the Role of the Postpartum Doula, and Business Development. Those just beginning their doula career as well as those seeking to enrich their existing doula practice can benefit from these workshops. Register online for one of the trainings below or Contact Us for information on how to have a workshop in your area. Kimberly also teaches Postpartum doula trainings locally through Birthingway Midwifery College in Portland. See Birthingway’s website for more information.
2013 CAPPA Postpartum Trainings:
Honolulu, HI: Nov. 30 – Dec.1 (See Flyer)
2014 CAPPA Postpartum Trainings:
Wilsonville, OR: Jan. 10-11 (See Flyer)
Do you wish you had more knowledge as you work with twin or triplet families? Have you been challenged by questions from parents of twins? Are you curious what other families have done? Come learn from doulas who not only have a passion for families welcoming multiples, but who also teach classes to expectant parents of multiples and have worked with 500+ sets of multiples in the past 12 years.
Topics covered include: Prenatal interview & gear acquisition; welcoming the family home; emotions and all; planning to feed 2 or more; setup, equipment; special considerations for premature babies; scheduling/Routines; getting the most sleep; how we all eat; swaddling options for twins/preemies; live tandem feeding demo; tandem baby wearing safety; challenge scenarios for experienced doulas.
2014 Advanced Postpartum Doula Trainings:
Portland, OR: January 12 (See Flyer)