Events and Classes


The Great Bay Doulas and their preferred providers will share their 25 + years of experience, and engage you in fun hands on learning activities in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Have a relaxing time, meet other expecting and new parents, and gain valuable skills and knowledge.

Mocktail Party! - Breast Start

12/14/17 6-8 PM

Our Certified Lactation Counselors will talk about the first hour of life and the instinctual newborn behaviors that can help you get the best start on breast feeding.  They will show you how to recognize a good latch and answer your questions about pumping, medications and daily life as a nursing mother.  Come try out breast feeding pillows, nursing chairs and pumping bras. Most importantly you will learn how to create a circle of support for your breastfeeding journey.

Babies 12 weeks and under are always welcome with their mom!

$10 at the door.

ICAN of theSeacoast, NH Meeting

Tuesday, December 19, 6:30-8:30 at The Sonatina Center, 750 Central Avenue, Unit U: General Support Meeting

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Our monthly meeting are the 3rd Tuesday of the month. They are held at The Sonatina Center, 750 Central Avenue, Unit U, in Dover.  The office is at the back of the building on the lower level. You can park in the back lot and come in through the back door.

The leader of ICAN of the Seacoast is one of our doulas, Taylor Davis. She was a leader in Syracuse, NY and opened this chapter in November 2014 when she moved to NH. She lives in Dover with her husband and 2 little boys. You can contact her for more information by emailing at the address below or calling the phone number below.

 

  • Phone: 1-800-686-(ICAN) 4226 EXT 185
  • Email: seacoast.nh@ican-online.or
  • Join us on facebook

    Mocktail Party! - Birth Savvy

    Thursday January 11, 2018 6-8 PM

    What is a Birth Plan? Do I need one?  – Come find out what your options are for birth in the Seacoast Region. Hospitals, Birth Centers, Home Birth; which is for you?  Do you need childbirth ed? What questions should you be asking your provider and what do you need to know to be an educated birth consumer?

    Our Doulas will show you how to recognize and cope with contractions.  Learn about your options for natural and medicated labor, including information on TENS for labor and the Yoga Birth Method. Try out labor positions on a birth ball or with a rebozo. Find out what a doula brings with her to a birth.  Discover the Yoga Birthing Method!

    Babies 12 weeks and under are always welcome with their mom!

    $10 at the door.

    Mocktail Party! - Calm Mom / Calm Baby

    Thursday February 8, 2018 6-8 PM

    Come learn the secrets to a calm and happy baby. We’ll be learning skills to calm fussy babies and encourage better sleep. There will be an opportunity to practice hands on swaddling techniques, baby massage, baby wearing, and calming, as well as simple yoga breathing for relaxation.

    Babies 12 weeks and under are always welcome with their mom!

    $10 at the door.

    Portland Mom and Baby Expo

    Portland, MAINE - Saturday, May 5th, 2018

    The Portland Expo Building in Portland, ME.

    This is an event for women who are pregnant, planning to get pregnant and new moms and dads!  Come meet many local companies who are devoted to new mom and baby wellness.  Meet photographers, chiropractors, local toy and baby furniture stores, health care providers, midwives, doulas, lactation counselors and so many more!

    Free samples, tons of give-a-ways and raffle prizes!

    Like the Portland Mom & Baby Expo page on Facebook to get all the last minute details about the event!

    Watch for these events to be repeated soon

    Yoga Birth Method Workshop

    Various dates, contact Darcy for info.

    darcy@greatbaydoulas.com 

    Classes held in Dover, NH

    $75/couple

    At Yoga for Birth, you and your birth partner will learn a very specific sequence of breathing techniques and yoga postures that are adapted to the physical and emotional changes of the different stages of labor and will enable you to manage contractions from a calm, meditative and controlled perspective.

    Benefits of Yoga for Birth:
    • Faster labor progression as the yoga poses encourage the baby’s movement into the birth canal
    • Learn to remain focused and in control of your birth experience in a positive manner
    • A deep mother-baby connection as they work together during labor
    • Birth partners learn specific techniques to physically and emotionally assist the woman during labor

    Yoga for Birth is open to women in their second or third trimester and their labor support partners.

    Peaceful Postpartum Online Retreat

    TBA

    $35

    Led by doula, Taylor Davis, via New Mama Project.

    Your transition to motherhood, and the postpartum time period is momentous, yet fleeting. We believe, from the bottom of our hearts, that investing in yourself during this sensitive time will benefit you, your baby, and your family now by giving you tools, ideas, and strategies that you can implement immediately. We also believe that it will benefit you as you embark on the lifelong job of mothering your child(ren). So many of the exercises and practices can be carried forth once your postpartum days are long over.

    We know intimately how quickly mothers can forget to take care of themselves when mothering their child(ren). Starting now will help you develop a habit of doing this for years to come. If you’re feeling well, you will have more resources, energy, and motivation to give your family the best care and love that you can.

    For $35, or $2.33 a day, you’ll get 14 days of ideas, resources, and support (plus 1 bonus closing exercise on Day 15), membership in our private FB community, and access to 2 live chats. We can’t wait for this retreat to start!

    Seacoast Mom and Baby Expo

    TBA October 2018

    The Regatta Room in Eliot, ME.

    This is a FREE event for women who are pregnant, planning to get pregnant and new moms and dads!  Come meet more than 30 local companies who are devoted to new mom and baby wellness.  Meet photographers, chiropractors, local toy and baby furniture stores, health care providers, midwives, doulas, lactation counselors and so many more!

    Lots to do, free samples, tons of give-a-ways and raffle prizes!

    Like the Seacoast Mom and Baby Expo on Facebook to get all the last minute details about the event!

    Mocktail Party! - Birth Partner 101

    Coming again 2018

    *Bring your birth partner to this party!*
    Do you want your partner to be a rock star during labor and birth? Do you want your partner to have confidence and understanding after baby arrives?
    Your partner will learn physical comfort measures to help you have an easier labor, how to offer you effective verbal support and affirmation during labor, how to help you if you become scared during labor, and how to advocate for your birth wishes in the hospital. Your partner will also learn real-life ways to support you physically and emotionally after baby arrives and learn effective communication techniques for the postpartum period.
    Babies 12 weeks and under are always welcome with their mom!

    $15 per couple at the door.

    Mocktail Party! - Big Belly Bash

    TBA

     Waddle on over for some pampering and fun.  We will be featuring some local services for new moms to help you stay relaxed and healthy.  Jess from Baby GO Round will be on hand to talk about car seat safety and offer inspections and help with your install!

    Babies 12 weeks and under are always welcome with their mom!

    $15 at the door.

    Mocktail Party! - Body Balance For Birth

    TBA

    Learn how you can determine your baby’s position in your belly and encourage your baby to be in the best position for an easier labor and birth.   Understand the effects  of your position on baby’s position, labor progress, comfort, and outcome.   Gain skills that you can use during pregnancy and labor to encourage your baby to stay in, or move into, an optimal position; decreasing your risk of interventions and Cesarean.

    Babies 12 weeks and under are always welcome with their mom!

    $15 at the door.