October 2018 Workshops

(Please read the descriptions below for more details about the workshops)



Getting Breastfeeding Off to a Great Start

Fearless Birth!

Thinking of a Birth Photographer? 


Kindermusik Singing Circle

Pregnancy Shouldn't Hurt

All About Placentas


Your Amazing Newborn

Supple Pelvis

Post-Partum Surprises


Aqua Zumba (bring your swim suit, and a towel!!!!!!)

******Description of Workshops******

Getting Breastfeeding off to a Great Start with Jane Johnson, Essentia Health
We'll talk about the importance of the Golden Hour, skin to skin, the latch, understanding your baby's feeding cues, how to tell if he/she's getting enough milk and surviving the first weeks.  If you're planning on breastfeeding, this class is fantastic!

Jane Johnson is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant with 18 years as a Lactation Consultant at Essentia Health, SMMC  and 34 years as an Registered Nurse in the NICU. Helping parents and their infants get off to the best start possible for a healthy and happy future has been her life long passion and calling.

Fearless Birth!  with Margo Blackstone, Duluth Midwife
OK, so I may have tricked you with the title.  I think fear can actually be a healthy part of birth, but in this workshop we will talk about how to shed all the not so helpful fear.  We will talk about the needs of the birthing person, how best to meet those needs, and how to prepare your whole birth team for YOUR vision of the birth you want (hint: not theirs, YOURS).  This workshop won't be able to do all the hard work for you, but it will set you up on the path to walk into your birth deeply knowledgeable about the process (because much of our fear is of the unknown) and tapped into your own voice to guide you through your birth.

Margo is an Independent and Traditional Midwife and the owner of Duluth Midwife. She has been attending births since 2011 and has a wild 4 year  old who was born at home into her daddy's hands. She also co-runs Indie Birth and its many facets, including the online Indie Birth Midwifery School which she teaches at regularly.Fearless Birth!  with Margo Blackstone, Duluth Midwife

On Birth Stories;  Why you Might Want to Hire a Birth Photographer with Michaela and Rachel, Birth Photographers
Have you ever considered hiring a birth photographer to document the day your baby makes her way to earth?  Perhaps you've seen beautiful birth inages on social media and are intrigued by the idea, but you're just not quite sure about the whole enterprise.  Join birth Photographers Michaela and Rachel for a friendly, low-key discussion about why you might want to document your birth story,  We'll share select birth story images from our clients (with their permission), discuss the power of those images and how they can be instrumental in shaping a woman's perceptions of herself as a mother.  We'll also discuss the logistics:  How to make birth photography work for your birth plan and budget; how birth photographers honor and respect their clients' privacy in the birthing space and in delivering client images; and how to hire a birth photographer that fits you.  

Michaela Rai-Visual Storytelling for the Honest at Heart and Rachel from Pink Moon Birth Photography

Happy Baby, Happy Day!  Shared musical experiences for you and your baby inside and out! with Rachael Kresha

In this workshop we will teach you musical activities that are designed to help you infuse thoughtful, intentional moments of learning into the busy but increeible early months of your baby's life.  These tools and shared experiences will naturla your baby's  development and give your family many moments of learning, bonding, and joyful play together.  The workshop will also help you develop a "womb song" to strengthen the bond between you and the circle of adults that will care for your baby.  We will be singing and moving together in this workshops.  Caregivers are also encouraged to attend.  

Rachael Kresha, M.M. Licensed Kindermusik instructor

Pregnancy Shouldn’t Hurt! with Deb McLaughlin, Northern Lights Wellness

Come learn simple things you can do (and avoid doing) during pregnancy that will help keep Moms more comfortable AND enjoy easier births and happier babies. Minor structural imbalances in Mom can impact baby’s position for birth and affect the ease of the birth. You will leave with clear recommendations and “tools” for you and your partner to check and address at home. You will also understand when and how to consider seeing a bodyworker for more help.

Deb McLaughlin is a Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, international educator, creator of MAPTM for Better Birth,and primary consultant to Spinning Babies® for professional bodywork education.

All About Placentas with Rachel Voigt, Duluth Placenta

Your placenta is amazing!  Come and learn all about it -- how it is formed, how it works during pregnancy alongside your baby and what your options are for once you placenta has been born.

Rachel Voigt, is a Certified Professional Midwife, Lay Midwife and Owner of Duluth Placenta

Your Amazing Newborn with Dr. Heather Winesett, MD St. Luke's Pediatric Associates

While newborns are fragile, they are also amazingly resilient and capable.  Learn a few of the amazing things that happen as newborns enter this world, both for the babe and the parents.  This talk will blend folklore and modern science.  This discussion will be wide ranging, so come with questions that you've always wanted to ask.

Heather Winesett, MD, St. Luke's Pediatric Associates

Supple Pelvis:  Practical and non-invastive ways to encourage a strong & supple pelviswith Maria Antonescu

You'll leave this discussion ready to move your pelvis toward greater health & function (...and away from sneeze-pees & discomfort!).  All genders are welcome and can benefit from this class!

Maria Antonescu is a Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist & Massage Therapist & Pelvis Caretaker

Things that Might Surprise You About the Postpartum Period with Tavniah Betts, Advent Midwifery
For some families, the most challenging time of pregnancy is after the birth when everyone is adjusting to the new normal of life with a newborn. In this workshop we will talk about what to expect in the first few days, weeks and months postpartum for both mom and baby and share tips for being prepared to navigate "the fourth trimester."

Tavniah Betts, CPM, LM is a Minnesota and Wisconsin Licensed Midwife. She earned her midwifery credential and her license to practice in 2010 and has attended births in home, birth center and health clinic settings in the United State, Mexico and Europe. She moved to Duluth in the fall of 2017 with her husband and two children to live near Lake Superior and re-establish her homebirth practice-Advent Midwifery.

Aqua Zumba! with Monita Nieman

Aqua Zumba blends the zumba philosophy with water resistance and creates a pool party you shouldn't miss!  There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba class so you can really let loose.  This is a wonderful way for expecting mamas to keep moving!  Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.  The whole family can join in!   Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. We will always stay in the shallow end of the pool.