Mothering Touch will be closed on July 1st for Canada Day. There will be no groups or drop-in classes.
Kinderville Popsicle Molds, Cups and Bowls
We love these silicone products by Kinderville. They are freezable and microwavable and unbreakable. The dishes are perfect picnic-ware and the popsicle molds make such a fun treat! We have a whole range of them in stock in the shop. Come take a look!
Mothering Touch carries an ever-changing selection of innovative baby products – visit us today to see what we have in store!
Twenty-Four to Twenty-Eight Weeks Pregnant
You are coming to the end of the Second Trimester. Almost two-thirds of the way through your pregnancy!How you might feel between twenty weeks and twenty-four weeks of pregnancy:
Things you may do between twenty-four and twenty-eight weeks of pregnancy:
Things you can do for your health and your baby’s health:
Leg Cramps: HealthLink BC
Symptoms in Third Trimester: Health Families BC
Stretch Marks: www.nhs.uk
Breastfeeding is hard physical work for the mother. It involves not only the breasts, but also the brain, the shoulders, neck and chest, and the arms and hands.
The positions we use to breastfeed can create constriction in our body which makes breastfeeding more difficult and may even impact our milk supply.
This restorative yoga class for breastfeeding mothers will examine how we use our bodies while nourishing our babies and how we can restore and refresh our bodies and our minds. We will work on sequences for home that help create space and release tensions, both physically and mentally. We will practice self massage techniques to support the lymphatic system and practice a series of shoulder and neck releases as well use bolsters and props to facilitate deep muscular release. We hope you will leave feeling renewed and nurtured.
Babies in arms are welcome.Monday, July 13 from 10:30
This term we use – Prenatal Class – is confusing, isn’t it?
Some parents-to-be are fascinated by, or worried about labour and birth and are wanting to spend a lot of time talking about it. They come to our 12-hour, six-week Childbirth Preparation classes and are happy to spend most of the tiime on lbour and birth, and practicing comfort measures and coping skills, and find that it’s great that we also spend two entire hours talking about babies and breastfeeding.
Other parents, who are more worried about how they are going to cope with the baby once it is out, feel they would like to spend more time talking about babies and breastfeeding.
It’s for this second group of parents that we have designed the Parenting the Newborn series. It’s a four-week, eight hour series in which a postpartum doula and breastfeeding educator takes you though fours hour on baby care and two hours on breastfeeding, and then a First Aid Instructor come and teaches two hours of Infant First Aid and CPR.
Many of our parents take both sets of classes. And we encourage this by giving parents a $25 discount if they sign up for both classes at the same time. (We also acknowledge that there will be a little overlap between the classes.) Some parents take only one, or only the other.
I would say, that if you take only one, the Childbirth Preparation Class is the one to take. Experiencing childbirth in a healthy and satisfying way takes knowledge and preparation. Labour and Birth happen all at once, in a big storm. There is little time to consider, or problem solve during labour. The learning and considering and deciding needs to happen before labour starts – even though you may change your mind during labour itself – in fact you probably will.
You can learn baby care and breastfeeding over several week and months. Babies are very patient with fumbly parents, and every parent figures out their own way through the challenges of of the first weeks. In fact, the hormones you make (yes, parents of all sexes make hormones when they are around babies) will help you be more attentive and respond more sensitively to your baby.
At Mothering Touch, we believe in people’s basic ability to give birth and care for their babies. We want parents to feel well-prepared and well-supported, to feel satisfied with their birth experience and to be able to enjoy the first weeks with their baby. That is the goal of all our classes and groups.
My husband Randy and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this summer. We were together for seven years before having our first son. In that time we completed a total of 5 post-secondary degrees, got married (and organized a wedding with 120 guests), moved three times (including one move abroad), spent several long periods living apart because of school and work, lived with my parents (for a year) and renovated a 1500 square-foot apartment. We had lots of stress. And lots of arguments. We also had lots of opportunities to grow as a couple and as a team.
But it wasn’t until Daniel was born that we realized how important it was for us to be a team. Because now, we were not the only ones who would be made unhappy if our team did not succeed; our son would be made unhappy too. We were really stuck now!
Not only did we suddenly recognize the permanence of this team, but we also were suddenly aware of all sorts of issues we had each taken for granted. We had never thought to discuss questions like:
Who will get up in the night with the baby?
Whose paid work is more important?
Who decides how often we bathe the baby, or change his sheets, or wipe his nose?
Who makes sure there will be food in the fridge, clean clothes, toilet paper?
There were big issues and small issues. Some were easy to resolve through rational discussion and some came with strong feelings that made resolution difficult. There are some which, almost 30 years later, are still not resolved. We still love each other and live together, and now there are other issues we have to struggle with. But that time was hard. And it was made harder by the fact that we had no guidance through the challenges. We had not expected them, they were different from the ones our parents had faced in the 50’s and 60’s, and we were not intimate enough with any other couples to find support among our peers.
In my work with new families at Mothering Touch, I see many new mothers and fathers struggling with very similar issues. Women and men are both surprised when a very egalitarian, “post-modern” relationship changes suddenly to become much more traditional once a baby comes along. It is clear to me, new parents need support in thinking and feeling and talking their way into a new, stronger partnership after their babies come.
Drawing on extensive experience of helping (and being!) new parents three of us developed a workshop. Joss Hurtig-Mitchell (a clinical counsellor), Tammy Van Hinte (a family mediator) and myself, Eva Bild (a parenting educator) designed this course for parents who are facing these challenges. The course is taught by Joss and I and it has been a fabulous experience for us to share our insights about how families can grow strong and work well. We have had a great time structuring the information and the skills we feel that new parents need to have as they start on “The Baby Project.”
The class runs on two Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 5:30 and the next one starts on October 25.
The workshop involves lots of discussion and activities and it is very skills-based. The couples find support from each other, but our focus is on how each couple works as a team. Most of the activities involve the partners working with each other. At the end of each afternoon, the goal is that each couple leaves feeling closer and more bonded.
For more information or to register, click HERE.
On March 20th Patricia Kiteke, a Realtor in Victoria, will be hosting a FREE presentation at Mothering Touch about buying a family home. Her passion is working with families and here is what she has to say to you:
If you feel that buying your family home is challenging or daunting then we need to talk.
I believe that our homes are the foundation from which we grow, thrive, and develop. From family dinners to arts and crafts to discovering wonders in the backyard, your family home is the place where first memories will be made.
Join me Friday, March 20th at 7:00-8:15pm where we’ll unravel the top 3 challenges new families face when buying a family home on a budget:
1) Navigating strata age restrictions
2) Understanding mortgage lending rules
3) Balancing monthly affordability with buying in desirable neighbourhoodsAfter years of working for a Master Builder, I decided to focus my real estate background to working with families. I guarantee that you will receive the full benefit of years of high-level real estate experience tailored to your family’s needs!
This class is back by popular demand and is taught by Renée Ahmadi, who teaches our regular Monday night “Yoga for Labour and Birth Class”. Renée is a Yoga instructor and a doula.
Come and join Renée for this fun and informative class! We will practice yoga postures and movements with our partners useful in all stages of labour as well as for delivery. We will focus on relaxation and breathing techniques as well as visualization, affirmations, mantras and helping the mother learn self-healing methods to allow for mind/body/breath connection. This class aims to help us connect with our partner through yoga while providing a unified approach to upcoming labour.
We will be moving around, so dress comfortably.
Friday, March 27, 5:30 to 7pm
Cost: $30 per couple or use 2 punches from your punch card
Please call to register: 250-595-4905