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Infant Sleep 101: Surviving the Sleep Regression (3-6 mos)

Free

with Jenna Marion, MMC Childbirth Education

Calendar Oct 15, 2022 at 9 am
2 additional sessions through Dec 17, 2022

This 3-6 month infant sleep class is designed for parents who are struggling with getting through the 4-month sleep regression, which is a time of permanent change to baby's brain and sleep patterns.  Topics discussed will include how and when to drop night feeds to get longer stretches of sleep while maintaining breastmilk supply, step-by step strategies to implement independent sleep skills, and how to work through the 4 to 3 nap transition.  We will also discuss planning for going back to work and transitioning to daycare.

Non-birthing partners are encouraged to attend.

This class is currently offered virtually via Zoom.  After you are regsitered, shortly before the class starts, you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in class.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Marion directly at jenna.marion@mainehealth.org.

 

Newborn Sleep (0-3 mos): Setting the Foundations

Free

with Jenna Marion, MMC Childbirth Education

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 12 pm
5 additional sessions through Dec 15, 2022

This newborn sleep shaping class is for pregnant persons at any gestation and new parents with babies up to 12 weeks. During this class parents will learn how to set the foundations in the newborn period for healthy infant sleep. Topics discussed will include what to expect in the fourth trimester, newborn soothing strategies, the science behind sleep, developmental milestones, how to create a sleep conducive environment, how to encourage independent sleep, how and when to stop swaddling and realistic expectations regarding night wakings and feedings.  We will also discuss planning for going back to work and transitioning to daycare.

Non-birthing partners are encouraged to attend.

This class is currently offered virtually via Zoom.  After you are regisitered, shortly before class starts, you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in class.

If you have any questions please contact Jenna Marion directly at jenna.marion@mainehealth.org.

Infant Sleep 102: Sleeping Through the Night (6-12 mos)

Free

with Jenna Marion, MMC Childbirth Education

Calendar Oct 23, 2022 at 9 am
2 additional sessions through Dec 18, 2022

This 6-12 month infant sleep class is designed for parents who are still struggling with short naps and/or frequent night wakings. Topics discussed will include age appropriate, step-by-step sleep improvement methods for both naps and nighttime, how and when to drop down to two naps per day, as well as a phased approach to dropping down to one nap at 12+ months.

Non-birthing partners are encouraged to attend.

This class is currently offered virtually via Zoom. After you are regisitered, shortly before the class starts, you will receive an email with the information as to how to participate in the class.

If you have any questions please contact Jenna Marion directly at jenna.marion@mainehealth.org.  

"Held" Support Group

Free

with Leah Kohlstrom, Journey to Health

Calendar Nov 1, 2022 at 6 pm
1 additional session on Dec 6, 2022

This support group provides a safe space for families grieving the loss of a child through miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Join Leah Kohlstrom and Claire Philbrook the first Tuesday of each month to explore grief with tea and the occasional activity. This will be a space to share and process grief alongside others who have experienced similar loss.

Grieving Still
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Grieving Still

Free

with MMC Childbirth Education

Remembering and loving babies lost during pregnancy. A support group for parents who have experienced a spontaneous pregnancy loss at any gestation. A place to remember, share, grieve, and heal. Third Thursday of every month; 6 - 7:30p.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our perinatal loss and bereavement support groups will meet virtually via Zoom. These support groups are a safe and supportive space to share your thoughts and emotions. To join, please email Abby D’Ambruoso at adambruoso@mmc.org. She will send you the login information. Please email her by 3:00 pm on the day of the support group.

Healing Together
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Healing Together

Free

with MMC Childbirth Education

A support group for those who have experienced the medical interruption of pregnancy. Healing Together provides parents a safe place to grieve, share experiences, give and receive support, and remember. Second Thursday of every month; 6 - 7:30p.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our perinatal loss and bereavement support groups will meet virtually via Zoom. These support groups are a safe and supportive space to share your thoughts and emotions. To join, please email Abby D’Ambruoso at adambruoso@mmc.org. She will send you the login information. Please email her by 3:00 pm on the day of the support group.

RESOLVE of New England
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RESOLVE of New England

Free

with MMC Childbirth Education

A monthly peer support group for men and women who are struggling to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term. 

A supportive, informal group supported by RESOLVE of New England and facilitated by Anne Belden, MSc. 

The group is free and meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 pm in the Dana Center at Maine Medical Center. 

Please register with Resolve New England https://www.resolvenewengland.org/support/#rsvp.

For questions regarding the group, contact Anne: anne@annebelden.com  or call 207.233.5939 

New Parents Circle 2022

Free

with Ellen Kunkle, MMC Childbirth Education

Come together to share the story of your parenting journey and receive support, guidance, and inspiration.

Discussion topics include: sleep, feeding, nurturing yourself, relationship changes, and even infant massage and baby-wearing. This group is flexible to address your own needs and concerns. This group is facilitated by a childbirth educator who is also a trained doula and breastfeeding counselor.

This group is currently meeting in an online or call-in format. Please register here to receive log-in or call-in information for this weekly group which meets on Thursdays 10am-12pm.

This group was formerly known as the Mothering Circle.

FREE but registration is required. Join anytime throughout the year. New members are always welcome!





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