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NICU Mom Shares Her Story

 

It is not uncommon in our society to hear all of the war stories of women as they endeavor into birth and postpartum. It is often used as a badge of honor of some kind. In reality, I am confident that each person just wants their story to be heard. They want to be validated, seen, and held in a safe space. 

Talking to someone about their journey can evoke so many emotions for someone. Sheree was such a brave warrior in working with me to share her story. She has a passion for making sure that people become educated. 

It was such an honor to chat this through and hear her story. Take time to learn from a California local mama about her NICU story.

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Give the Gift of Education 

We are so excited to be offering our courses during this Holiday season as a pre-launch... This means you can gift our courses as a gift to someone you love this holiday season! 

“Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom.” —George Washington Carver

 

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Exclusive Pumping Course

Meet Latasha, 

Your instructor for our Exclusive Pumping Course!

 
“Hi! I’m Latasha, born and raised in Northern CA. I became a wife in 08 and a mom in 09 but my introduction to motherhood and breastfeeding was not what I had hoped. My son spent time in the NICU and I was handed a breast pump with little guidance or instruction. Very discouraging! 
In 2015 I delivered a little girl as a surrogate and pumped again, this time by choice. I researched and explored and essentially had to teach myself the ins and outs of exclusively pumping, but I succeeded for 25 months and weaned to carry a second girl for the same couple. She was born in 2019 and I’m still pumping! 
Discouraged by the lack of info out there but encouraged to be part of the solution, I created a group for pumping surrogates in 2018 and became a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) through UC San Diego in 2019. I’ve just completed their Pathway 2 program to qualify to...
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Your Breastfeeding Experience- Breastfeeding and Newborn Feeding Class

Your Breastfeeding Experience

Your Breastfeeding Experience curriculum is simple, understandable, completely fact-driven, and unbiased. You will learn communication styles for you and your partner, what happens to your body to produce milk and provide for your baby, and how your baby and you develop the skills to nurse. We will also discuss stages of growth, how to properly store milk, and what to expect in the first year.

 

Why We Are Different

Flourishing Families isn't just another baby class or birth class. We spend the first part of our three core classes talking about communication styles, personality types, and how that impacts your experiences with your partner and care team.

 

What is Included:

This course will take you 2-3 hours to complete depending on the conversations you and your partner have as you work through the material. We encourage these conversations so please, take the time to discuss!


  • Self-paced videos for you and your spouse to...
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Your Baby Experience- Newborn Care Class

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Your Baby Experience

Your Baby Experience curriculum is simple, understandable, completely fact-driven, and unbiased. You will learn communication styles for you and your partner and what happens from birth forward to both you and your baby. We will also discuss stages of growth, signs to watch for with postpartum conditions, and what to expect in the first three months!

 

Why We Are Different

Flourishing Families isn't just another baby class or birth class. We spend the first part of our three core classes talking about communication styles, personality types, and how that impacts your experiences with your partner and care team.

 

What is Included:

This course will take you 2-3 hours to complete depending on the conversations you and your partner have as you work through the material. We encourage these conversations so please, take the time to discuss!


  • Self-paced videos for you and your spouse to work through together
  • Access to purchase an...
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Your Birth Experience- Childbirth Education Class

Your Birth Experience

Your Birth Experience curriculum is simple, understandable, completely fact-driven, and unbiased. You will learn communication styles for you and your partner, ways to communicate effectively with the birthing team, and what happens to your body during and immediately after birth. We will also discuss all types of delivery, pain management, and options

Why We Are Different

Flourishing Families isn't just another baby class or birth class. We spend the first part of our three core classes talking about communication styles, personality types, and how that impacts your experiences with your partner and care team.

 

What is Included:

This course will take you 4-6 hours to complete depending on the conversations you and your partner have as you work through the material. We encourage these conversations so please, take the time to discuss!


  • Self-paced videos for you and your spouse to work through together
  • Access to purchase an exclusive...
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Nourishing Your Baby

 

Talking with Theresa about infant nutrition and feeding our babies was so much fun! Theresa has been a huge asset in our community in regard to infant nutrition.

This casual fun zoom call between us is surely the first step in finding peace in how you plan to feed your baby. 

Theresa is in the process of creating a whole course for families for the Flourishing Families platform. Keep an eye out for her course that will launch with us in Spring 2022. 

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How to Parent With Your Partner- Tips and Tricks

 

Thriving partnerships--it takes a lot to parent as a team. While there are many strategies, we round table with other moms to go over what helps them and their partner successfully parent--together.

If you don't have time to watch the video, here are a few of the many takeaways!

1) Have a calendar system that works for you. Sometimes that is online, other times it is a paper calendar. The key is to have something where schedules can be viewed. HINT: assign colors to each family member to make it quicker to sort through the chaos!

2) Communication is key. Decide how to communicate, when to communicate (and when not to communicate), and what platforms to use. Sometimes a quick text message saying "I've had a long day with the kids--can you take over so I can take 20 minutes to regather myself?" 

3) Reminders are helpful for you and your spouse! Between work obligations, family obligations, and relationship obligations (among other things like meal prep, house cleaning,...

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What Kind of Parent Are You?

 

Understanding yourself and your partner's desires, core values, and parenting styles is an important piece to understand prior to walking into expanding your family. Walking through some of the exercises in our Returning to Work Course can be helpful in preparing you guys for some of the hard conversations prior to being in the thick of chaos in birth and parenting. 

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Remembering who you are while being a parent

 
I shared this four years ago with the agreement that I was one of these women. Push. Go. Hard. Strive. More. I was the anxiety and depressed. Not the kind that keeps you in bed and not functioning but the kind that keeps me irritated all the time, a yelling mommy, an individual that felt a lack of soul.
I stopped glorifying busy. I stopped distracting myself from the pain I was in, stopped myself from ignoring the trauma I needed to heal. And I started feeling. Slowing down, healing, leaning in. It has been its own kind of messy, it’s had its own kind of chaos, but it’s getting better. I am better. And the slow, grateful, intentional, pace of life, I am here for it!
 
I took time to chat with this group of amazing individuals and talk about how to continue to preserve the "you" in motherhood. 
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