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A First Time Family’s Homebirth Story

I have a new birth story available for your reading pleasure. Tori and Eric were such a pleasure to have in my Hypnobabies class. They were nearly giddy about all things related to their birth.

I’m happy to share their birth story here.

You can also catch them in person at July’s Blessingway. They will be sharing their birth story with our community at 2pm on July 27 at Natural Baby. The event is free and open to everyone!

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New Classes and Doula Availability

Have you liked me on Facebook yet??  What are you waiting for?  Click here and then click “like” to  follow my business there.  My work is entirely dependent on social media and word of mouth.  Help a doula out.

I have another parents-to-be series for Natural Baby coming up in June.  Click here to sign up or to share with some expectant couples you know.  Six Monday nights to explore parenting and learning to listen to your instincts.  Class 1:  Learning to understand and soothe your baby.  Class 2:  Breastfeeding.  Class 3:  The first six weeks postpartum.  Class 4:  How babies (and parents) sleep.  Class 5:  Saving money and creating a mindful gift registry.  Class 6:  The first year of parenting.  If you can’t take an entire series, pick and choose the classes you want for 25.00/couple/class.

Registration is open for July/August Hypnobabies classes meeting Tuesdays beginning July 23rd in Greenville.  Email me for information (j_byers @ bellsouth.net).

I only have a few more doula spaces left this year.  I have space for 1 client in late June or July, 1 client in October, and 2 clients in November.

Thank you for helping me serve families!

Private Childbirth Classes in Greenville

Did you know I can come to your home for classes?

Reasons why a private childbirth class might be for you:

You won’t have to pay a babysitter.  Many of my private students schedule their classes during bedtime.  Or, her partner watches the kids while mom attends class in another room.  One couple I teach has the dad do the bedtime routine for the first hour of class and then join the mom for the second hour.

A group class is too far to drive.  Some of my private students hire me because they live in Saluda or Liberty or Pickens.  I understand.  I live far from classes, too!  Add up the cost of gas and a babysitter.  Maybe it equals the difference in cost between a group and private class.

You’re on bedrest or your immune system is compromised.

You or your partner are not comfortable in a group class.  While I pinky-swear that I make my group classes relaxed and non-threatening, I understand that some folks would rather talk about birth in private.

Your schedule is crazy or unpredictable.  I can be as flexible as you need with a private class.  Want to meet once every two weeks for a six session class?  No problem.  Need to reschedule at the last minute?  That’s fine.

Or it’s simply convenient.   Or you want to wear your jammies.  Or you want to learn by candlelight in the backyard.  

For whatever reason, know that this option is available!

February, be gentle

Such a busy month!  It isn’t all work-related.  I’m also busy socializing my homeschooler.  Heh heh.

I have an invitation for YOU to fill up your calendar space with a few choice selections:

“Now What”:  a class about the first six weeks postpartum.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 5.

Greenville Babywearing Meeting:  noon.  Bring your lunch if you’re on a work break.  Feb. 6.

Clemson Babywearing Meeting:  new time this month!  Free gathering to play and discuss babywearing (or anything else that you fancy).  Feb. 7

Spartanburg Babywearing Meeting:  Feb. 11 at 11.

“Sleeping Like a Baby“:  a class about *yawn* newborn sleep.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 12

Greenville Cloth Diaper Group:  a group for families who plan to or are cloth diapering.  Topic and discussion.  Free!  Taylors Library at 10am.  Feb. 13.

Cloth Diaper 101:  a free introduction to cloth diapering led by the savvy Jessica.  Dads are encouraged to attend.  Feb. 16.

Blessingway:  I’m so excited about this month’s gathering!  Please come to hear Norie’s birth story.  This first time mama had a peaceful hospital birth.  And the Puppy Nanny will be there to talk about pets and babies.  Free!  Babies and kids are welcome.  Feb. 23

“Having a Baby without Breaking the Bank”:  a class about creating a smart and green registry, DIY items, and saving $$.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 19.

New Member Picnic:  I’m hosting this one!  A picnic and playtime at Lake Conestee for new members of the Greenville Attachment Parent Meetup Group.  Join the AP group to find out more.  Expectant moms are welcome.  Feb. 19

Organic Nutrition for Pregnancy and Lactation:  taught by midwife, Grace Hannon.  FREE!  Feb. 21

Anderson Babywearing Group:  Feb. 25 at 6:30pm.

“Parenting the First Year”:  a class about introducing solids, child development, age appropriateness, and more.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 26

Water Birth and Other Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth:  another free workshop taught by midwife, Grace Hannon. Feb. 28.

*Also check the schedules for your closest La Leche League!

Coming UP:  

Registration is open for my March/April Hypnobabies Class.  This series will meet from 6pm-9pm on Tuesdays beginning March 12.  Contact me ASAP for information!  j_byers@bellsouth.net

Oh!  And due to a client birthing early, I have a doula space which has opened up for late February or March.  I also have space available in May and June.  Let me know if you’d like to sit down for a free consult.

The March space is taken!  🙂

Goodbye 2012

I like stats.

Firsts in 2012:

  • First dad to leave me in the dust on the drive to the hospital.  You know who you are, J.S.
  • First missed births.  I missed one due to dengue fever and one because I was away for the weekend (she birthed early).  I’m ever indebted to Angie and Laura for doula-ing in my place.
  • First time supporting back-to-back births.
  • First hospital waterbirth.
  • First time driving 1000 miles for a birth (which I missed, so that’s three missed births this year.  Painful.).

I am excited to see what 2013 has in store for me!  My doula availability is booking quickly and my first Hypnobabies class is filled to maximum capacity.  And how could it not be an amazing year with this adorable pumpkin as the first baby I snuggled in the new year?  He also peed on me three times.  I’m sure it is a sign of good things to come.

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I have only one resolution.  I will not miss any births.

Graduates

I’ve been slack about posting pictures of my Hypnobabies students.  I add the pictures to this page but I forget to highlight them here.

Look at these adorable Hypnobabies!

This picture is from a recent class reunion.  One baby boy was not able to make it for the photo shoot.

Want some stats?

  • 100% of the babies were born without complications
  • 100% of the mamas gave birth without medication
  • 1 baby was born with a family practice physician at a hospital
  • 1 baby was born with midwives at a birth center
  • 1 baby was VBAC at home with a family practice physician
  • 2 babies were born at home with midwives
  • 4 of the babies were born in the water.
  • None of the mamas needed sutures
  • And THIS childbirth educator was not the least bit surprised by these stats!

Email me about classes beginning Oct. 16 and Jan. 27. ( j_byers@bellsouth.net)

 

Upcoming Class Schedule

The holidays wreck a childbirth educator’s schedule so I’m posting the schedule early.  If you’re expecting a baby in Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar, I encourage you to research your childbirth education options early because many educators break for Nov/Dec.

My next Hypnobabies class will be in Greenville on Tuesdays from 6pm-9pm.  The first class is October 16th and the final is November 21st.  I currently have room for three more couples/students in this series.

After the holiday break, I’ll have a Sunday class from 5pm-8pm in Greer beginning January 27th and ending March 3rd.

I’m working on the dates for another Natural Baby Parenting Series which will happen in Sept/Oct.  I’ll post those details when I have them.

Please contact me by email (j_byers@bellsouth.net) if you are interested in any of these classes.