Our Childbirth Education Classes Have Moved To Cleveland Natural Birth

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Are you interested in learning more about or enrolling in our amazing Birth Boot Camp childbirth education courses? Our popular childbirth classes have moved. Please check-out our ‘sister-site’ Cleveland Natural Birth to learn more about the prenatal wellness classes, childbirth education courses, and holistic parenting and newborn care workshops available to Cleveland and Akron families.

Alayna Spratley, Ohio Director with The Nurturing Root is still facilitating all Birth Boot Camp – Natural Childbirth Education courses, now via Cleveland Natural Birth. Alayna will also continue to provide in-home placenta encapsulation services through The Nurturing Root.

Join Us At The Cleveland Birth Expo

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Come visit The Nurturing Root, Cleveland Natural Birth, and dozens of other vendors and speakers, for the second annual Cleveland Birth Expo. You can connect with doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, chiropractors, baby wearing professionals and so many other perinatal experts to help you on your journey to parenthood. This event will also have five different seminar-style presentations about different pregnancy, birth, and postpartum topics. There will also be goodie bags and door and raffle prizes. If you are planning a pregnancy, expecting, or are a new parent, this event is for you! Admission is free!

Event Details: The Cleveland Birth Expo, Sunday, April 15, 2018, from 10am-3pm at Holiday Inn Independence-S, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131

The Nurturing Root is honored to support families during the transition to parenthood. We offer premiere placenta encapsulation, placenta tincture, and placenta art print services throughout greater Northeast Ohio. It is an honor to serve your family! Please contact us to learn more.

 

 

The Best Free Holiday Events In Cleveland

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The Holiday Season, the most wonderful time of the year, is often a bustling season, as well! There are just so many work, school, community, and family gatherings to attend. While planning parties, making gifts, and baking goodies can be festive, it is also exhausting. In order to maintain that high holiday spirit, it is helpful to connect with family and friends, in a purposeful way, throughout the season. Intentionally gathering together, for meaningful rituals, is a fantastic way to stay present and celebrate. Here are five, totally free, exceptionally merry events happening around Cleveland, this December. Take some time to savor this joyous time with those you hold dear!

Candy Land Has Gone WILD!
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018 @ 12pm-5pm 
Lake Metroparks, Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland

Candy Land has gone WILD! is a family-centered activity, that features an indoor, life-sized Candy Land board game, but with a nature-inspired twist. Families draw a card, and become the game piece, moving along the board from space to space. Along the way, their travels take them through a beautifully decorated wonderland, where they can discover the many gifts nature brings us, throughout the year. In addition to the festive display, visitors can also enjoy activities, crafts, train rides, and scavenger hunts. The Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center animal rehabilitation center is also open for families to meet native Ohio wildlife, including a red fox, bald eagle and other birds of prey. Come to Penitentiary Glen, with the family, to enjoy this inspired event.

Festival Of Trees
November 21, 2017 – December 23, 2017, Times Vary
Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Avenue

This family-friendly event is hosted throughout the lobbies of the Allen Theatre, at Playhouse Square. Enjoy dozens of festive Christmas trees, masterfully decorated by local designers. This delightful showcase, is a wonderful opportunity to gain some holiday design inspiration. After visiting the Festival of Trees, take a short stroll down Euclid Avenue to Pour Cleveland, an awesome progressive coffee house.   

Holiday CircleFest
Saturday, December 2, 2017 and Sunday, December 3, 2017, Times Vary
Events centered around Wade Oval, 10820 East Boulevard

Come experience so many of Cleveland’s cultural treasures during the 24th Annual Holiday CircleFest. Enjoy a curated holiday market, free horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, ice carving demonstrations, pictures with Santa, yummy refreshments, and so much more! On Sunday December 3rd, over a dozen of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools welcome visitors, free of charge, offer several activities, music, food, fun, and shopping. At 5:30pm, there will be a special Wade Oval tree lighting, followed by a magical Winter lights lantern procession. CircleFest is the merriest way to commence the holiday season.

OM For The Holidays
Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 10am – 3pm
Red Space, 2400 Superior Avenue, East

Om For The Holidays is an event created to help people heal, relax, restore, and revive themselves during this bustling holiday season. Come to connect with yourself and others during yoga events, a SOUL coaching session, live music, and a sound healing experience. There will also be a section of local vendors, selling an array thoughtful holiday gifts, treats, and services.

Winter Solstice Concert
Saturday, December 22, 2017 @ 7pm-8pm
Cleveland Metroparks, South Chagrin Reservation- Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Road, Bentleyville

Gather friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate the Winter Solstice, an ancient, earth-honoring tradition!  This peaceful and enriching evening features a traditional holiday concert, by the woodwind trio, Phoenix Down. Stay cozy in a beautiful wood lodge, warm up by the fire, and welcome Father Winter, during this lovely event. Reservation is required.

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant person, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join this FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. Stay updated about all of our events, meetings, and workshops, by signing up for our newsletter!

Holiday blessings to your family from The Nurturing Root!

Free Birth Support Groups In Cleveland

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Pregnancy and birth is quite possibly the most transformative time in a family’s life. Finding and connecting to a supportive network during this joyous, but uncertain time is so important! The Nurturing Root believes that all families deserve access to education and valuable community resources during pregnancy and birth. It is an honor to help connect you with perinatal experts and peers. We have gathered information about several free pregnancy and birth support groups in the greater Cleveland area, to help you find your tribe!

Circle of Life Home Birth Services Birth Group
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Circle of Life in Lakewood.
Circle of Life Co-Founders and Homebirth Midwives, Colleen Kennedy-Schroeder and Rosie Messina facilitate this birth group. Pregnant women, partners, and birth professionals come together, once per month to listen and engage one another, in a supportive and inclusive environment. Some evenings feature a formal birth-related topic to discuss, and other months offer an open-forum style. If you are considering home birth or want to connect to families and birth professionals involved in the homebirth community, this birth group is a great place to start.

Cleveland Birth Village
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.
Cleveland Birth Village is facilitated by Alayna Spratley, Ohio Director for The Nurturing Root. This group is a welcoming and inclusive community for Cleveland-area parents interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics. Cleveland Birth Village also has a FREE Facebook group. This support group exists to educate and empower families during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood! Cleveland Birth Village believes the following:

    • Pregnancy, birth, and parenthood is a transformational experience for families.
    • Birth is a sacred event, and all families deserve honor and respect during this special time.
    • Pregnancy and birth should be a joyous and empowering experience.
    • Education and support are crucial components to a satisfying birth and blissful postpartum recovery experience.
    • Your heart is a powerful source of wisdom, especially during the journey to parenthood.

If you are interested in learning more about a variety of natural pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, this group is a perfect fit.

ICAN of Greater Cleveland
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the North Royalton branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
Sunday Tortelli, a childbirth educator, doula, and doula trainer, and Pam Kolanz, a homebirth midwife facilitate monthly meetings for the greater Cleveland chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). ICAN provides information and support to women planning for a vaginal birth and wishing to avoid unnecessary cesareans – whether they are healing from cesarean surgery, planning a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or preparing for their first birth experience. ICAN of greater Cleveland has been offering monthly meetings and consumer outreach since 1984! They advocate for women’s rights in childbirth and for babies’ rights to healthy birth experiences, while providing the best evidence on safe maternity care practices. If you are looking for more information about the benefits of vaginal birth, or want to avoid a c-section, this group can provide you with valuable resources and information.

Positive Birth Movement – Cleveland Chapter
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Our Other Living Room, 7405 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland.
Susan Greene, a Certified Nurse Midwife facilitates monthly meetings for the Cleveland chapter of Positive Birth Movement. This group is a place for all pregnant women to come together and share experiences, thoughts, feelings, and insight about childbirth. In Positive Birth Movement groups, women listen to each other, rather than to a teacher. There is usually a theme for discussion, and it is up to the group to talk, share, and learn from each other. This group offers a warm and welcoming place to hear stories and ideas, to consider what you really want from your childbirth experience, and to challenge any fears or negative expectations you might have. This group is a fantastic resource for women looking to engage in collaborative discussion about childbirth.

Home Birth Option of Cleveland Birth Group
Meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.
Kim French, a Certified Professional Midwife, facilitates monthly meetings for Home Birth Option of Cleveland. Founded in 1988, the Home Birth Option of Cleveland is an advocacy group whose purpose is to support, encourage, and educate women and their families about gentle birth alternatives. This group is devoted to helping women achieve the optimal experience of a safe, empowering birth. If you are interested in learning more about natural birthing options, especially at home, this group is a wonderful resource.

Mother Rising Women’s Studio Birth Story Circle
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Mother Rising in Chardon.
Mother Rising Co-Founders Danielle Breach and Shauna Rich facilitate this monthly meeting, at their studio. Birth Circle is a place for families to share and listen to birth stories! Sharing birth stories is educational, fun and healing. Listening to, and supporting mothers without judgement, is a simple yet powerful gift we can offer to one another. This respectful and inclusive community is an absolutely wonderful resource, especially for families looking to process their births.

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant person, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. Stay updated about all of our events, meetings, and workshops, by signing up for our newsletter!

Upcoming Childbirth Education Classes

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Autumn is a time of fruitful abundance! The Nurturing Root is excited to host several childbirth education classes this October and November. Please join us!

It is no secret that we LOVE to support and educate expectant and new Cleveland families! We offer an amazing array of Birth Boot Camp childbirth education classes, newborn care workshops, and community-based events to help couples plan their ideal birth and parenting experience. We invite you to learn more about our upcoming childbirth education classes.

FREE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm at She COLLECTIVE in Lakewood

Pregnancy is a transformative time in a person’s life. But this abundant experience is often filled with many questions. Please join us for an engaging, community-based childbirth education workshop, designed to help you understand your options during pregnancy and birth. We will discuss important steps you should take to prepare for your birth, including finding a provider and birth place, caring for your body and mind, your choices in childbirth, educating yourself and your partner, and finding a support network. You will also gain insight on how to evaluate, prevent, and heal Diastasis Recti, and learn several functional exercises to help keep your body healthy and strong throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum recovery period. You will leave this mini workshop with tangible information, resources, and tips to help you confidently navigate pregnancy and birth. Making time to tend to the mind, body, and spirit, as you prepare to welcome your baby, is so important! Please join us for this fun childbirth education workshop. Tickets are free, but we ask that you pre-register for this program. If you are expecting a baby, planning a pregnancy, or are a holistic wellness professional looking to connect, we would love to see you at this awesome event! This workshop is co-facilitated by The Nurturing Root and BIRTHFIT Cleveland.

We are thrilled to present this program at She COLLECTIVE’s lovely new space in Lakewood! She Collective is a meeting place for women and girls to learn about themselves in new ways, so they become the presiding geniuses of their own bodies! She COLLECTIVE was founded by Samantha Walters, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, doula, and sexual health educator. Learn more about She COLLECTIVE!

NATURAL PAIN RELIEF STRATEGIES FOR LABOR WORKSHOP 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm at Partners to Empowerment Wellness Center in Beachwood. ($50 per couple)

This workshop is designed for couples that want to know more about how natural pain relief options and labor comfort measures can help them confidently navigate birth! Maybe you are looking to have a natural birth experience? Or perhaps, you plan on getting that epidural as soon as you get to the hospital! No matter what your ideal birth looks like, the majority of families will benefit from learning about natural pain relief options!

During this hands-on class, we explore valuable tools and techniques that can help mom AND her birth partner stay relaxed, comfortable, and positive during labor. We will also address a variety of labor positions and their benefits. Birth partners will leave this class with a deep understanding about how touch and intimacy can impact a person in labor. We will conclude this class with a discussion on the importance of relaxation in labor, and a guided visualization exercise. Partners will approach their baby’s due date with confidence, knowing how to support mom throughout labor and birth. We highly encourage expectant persons to attend with their partner, husband, wife, or other birth support person, but individuals will also benefit from this workshop.

We are thrilled to facilitate this workshop at Partners To Empowerment Wellness Center, in Beachwood. The Partners To Empowerment studio features a wonderfully serene and nurturing space and offers a variety of holistic services for the mind, body, and spirit. Learn more about Partners To Empowerment Wellness Center.

HOLISTIC NEWBORN CARE WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm at Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Lyndhurst. ($75 per couple)

The Holistic Newborn Care Workshop will help you welcome your baby home, with confidence! We are thrilled to offer Cleveland families the very best childbirth education and parenting classes. BIRTH BOOT CAMP is thoughtfully designed for couples planning an empowering pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding experience! This holistic newborn care workshop, aptly named ‘Homecoming’, is your amazing manual to parenthood! This workshop includes a thoughtfully designed, comprehensive workbook, nearly 4 hours of in-person instruction, a 3.5 hour breastfeeding masterclass download, taught by an esteemed IBCLC, and healthy, light refreshments. Parents leave this training excited, confident, and prepared to meet and care for their sweet newborn.

You will LOVE this Birth Boot Camp class + leave confidently knowing:

  • All about common newborn tests + procedures
  • Normal newborn behaviors + infant characteristics
  • How to comfort + soothe baby
  • Infant sleep habits + safe sleep practices
  • Baby-wearing options and techniques
  • Postpartum planning and recovery strategies
  • How chiropractic care supports mother + baby
  • Essential breastfeeding information + resources

We are thrilled to facilitate this workshop at Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Lyndhurst. Drs. Valerie and LaMar Hunter have a wonderful, family-centered chiropractic practice, and are thrilled to serve men, women, and children. They have a wealth of experience, are Webster Technique certified, and are exceptionally passionate about caring for the whole person. Learn more about Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant person, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active and engaged Facebook group and host free monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are so very excited to facilitate these awesome events this Autumn! Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

Natural Pain Relief Options For Birth

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Maybe you are looking to have a natural birth experience? Or perhaps, you plan on getting that epidural as soon as you get to the hospital! No matter what your ideal birth looks like, the majority of women will benefit from some great natural pain relief options and techniques to help them get through contractions!

Labor is so aptly named, as it is the purposeful hard work you do, on the final journey to meet your baby! During labor your body goes through incredible physical, emotional, and hormonal changes. This transformation of birth is often accompanied by a substantial degree of discomfort. Of course laboring women want to mitigate pain, but short of using pharmacological interventions, how do you really reduce pain in labor and birth? You support your body’s own natural pain relieving abilities! Here is the key to natural pain relief: During birth you want to reduce cortisol levels, the hormone produced in response to stress, and catecholamines, the ‘fight or flight’ hormones, produced in response of fear. And you want to increase oxytocin and beta-endorphin levels, to help facilitate labor, provide a sense of euphoria, and alleviate pain. The following seven natural pain relief options for birth help your body balance specific hormones, to ease labor discomforts.

Education
Educating yourself about pregnancy, labor, and birth will help build your knowledge, prepare you emotionally and mentally, and give you the necessary tools and techniques to navigate the modern birth landscape. Education serves as an important natural pain relief tool, because you are replacing fear of the unknown with information and excitement about your birth. When you know what to expect from the birth process, it becomes much easier to cope with the pain of labor. You can educate yourself by taking a comprehensive childbirth course, read birth stories, and find informational and supportive books about the birth process. Knowing what to expect will build your confidence and prove to be a powerful pain relief tool!

Relaxation
There are several facets to relaxation that you should consider. You want to create a relaxing birth environment and learn to relax, both physically and emotionally. Employing this trifecta will serve as exceptional natural pain relief during labor. First, you want to create a relaxing birth environment. Curating a serene atmosphere with dim lighting, candles, aromatherapy, and calming music can get the oxytocin flowing, and ease tension to help you enjoy labor.

It is also important to relax both physically and emotionally. A recent study suggests engaging in relaxation exercises, through a mindfulness-based practice during pregnancy, can help reduce anxiety and facilitate an easier and more satisfying birth experience. Mindfulness is simply a state of awareness, that arises from paying attention to the present moment. This mindfulness app, specifically created for pregnancy, birth, and parenthood, is a fantastic training tool to help you engage in relaxation wherever you are. There are also several simple, but effective exercises that will teach you how to relax your muscles during times of tension and stress. To benefit most from these physical and emotional relaxation exercises, set aside time once or twice per day during your pregnancy. Relaxation training can truly help you have an amazing birth experience.

Movement
Your baby must navigate down and out through your pelvis during labor and birth. Movement is key in facilitating this, and serves as an important pain relief strategy for you. Getting into a more upright position, or even just changing positions regularly can really help you manage even the most intense contractions. Movement can speed up a slow labor, help a posterior baby turn into a more optimal (and less painful!) position, and help you get a little more comfortable. Consider taking a walk, spending time on a birth ball, or use the support of your partner’s body to sway through contractions. Finding rhythm and ritual through movement is a fantastic pain coping mechanism.

Water
Hydrotherapy is a scientifically proven natural, stress reducing and pain relief technique. Laboring in a warm bath can provide an incredible level of pain reduction. Taking a hot shower can be exceptionally relaxing, while helping you get upright, which helps baby move down and through your pelvis.

Acupressure
Acupressure is based on principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient and holistically focused wellness practice. Utilizing and applying direct pressure to specific points on the body during labor, may provide you with phenomenal pain relief. Acupressure is a wonderfully convenient and cost-effective pain relief tool. You can take advantage of the benefits almost anywhere, and without any special equipment. When direct and appropriate pressure is applied to this area of the back and on the feet, relief from uncomfortable back labor may be alleviated, almost effortlessly.

Massage
The demonstrated pain relief benefits of massage during labor are extensive. There are both physical and emotional advantages to massage therapy during labor and birth. It can relax tense muscles, easing the pain of contractions, shorten labor, facilitate rest, ease anxiety, and promote a sense of serenity. Your partner or birth support person can help you access the amazing pain relief options of massage by following these techniques.

Emotional Support
Having a supportive birth team is one of the most effective natural pain relief tools available! It is crucial to find a provider you trust, who encourages your birth philosophy, educate your birth partner, and hire a birth doula! A doula is a trained maternal support practitioner who provides emotional, physical, and educational assistance to a laboring mother and her birth partner. Evidence overwhelmingly supports having a doula as a powerful natural pain relief option. With dedicated labor support, women are more likely to have a satisfying and positive birth experience and require less medical pain management. Doulas can provide comfort with numerous pain-relief techniques that help reduce anxiety and fear, support physical and emotional relaxation, promote an uncomplicated physiological birth, and facilitate a positive birth environment.

Birth can be a joyous occasion for the the entire family. With the right preparation, support, and natural pain relief options, you can absolutely have the best (and possibly pain-free) birth experience. If you would like more natural pain relief tips, tools, and techniques, enroll in our Natural Pain Relief Strategies For Labor Workshop. This incredible class helps couples gain an amazing sense of self-reliance, so they can cope with labor beautifully.

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant mother, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active and engaged Facebook group and host free monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are also very excited to facilitate several events this Autumn and Winter. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

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