Calling all train lovers! Enjoy a fun filled hour of dancing, instrument playing and singing about trains! Musical Playdates are solo classes (no need to enroll in a semester) and costs $15 per child or $20 per family with more than one child. Each family will receive a fun musical prop (for May it is a train whistle)! NOTE: Only one take home instrument or musical prop per family-arrangements can be made if you would like an extra for additional children in your family).
Suggested ages: 9 months to 5 years old (preschoolers especially love these classes). All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Babies under 9 months are FREE when accompanying a sibling. Drop in’s are welcome if there is still room available for extra children but pre-registering is strongly advised to make sure we have a space for you by calling 503.754.8776 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tiny Talker’s class schedule can be found here: www.TinyTalkers.blogspot.com
Teaching your baby sign language can give you better pre-verbal communication, leading to a happier, more fulfilling experience. This workshop is geared towards busy parents, caregivers & educators who don’t have a lot of time to spare. Learning to sign with a baby should be simple & caregivers can learn all they need to know in this one-time session & then take all of the information home to begin working repetitively with their child. Register with Shira Fogel, 503-754-8776. www.tinytalkersportland.com $40 ($10 to add a partner)
Diapering, swaddling, burping, holding, calming techniques, bathing and more will be demonstrated and practiced in this fun, relaxed, informative class for pregnant and new parents. Learn what a new baby looks like, acts like, and needs, and develop trust in your ability to meet those needs. As well as learning to care for your new baby, you’ll receive ideas and support in caring for yourself and your partnership. Call 503-867-3920 to register. Free for Alma clients and 25.00/community. Please enter at 433 SE 13th, right around the corner from our Stark St. entrance.
Women have always worked and breastfed, but in our modern world it can present unique challenges. This is a class for working parents and those preparing, to explore balancing work and family. Please bring to class your pump and the bottle that you feed your baby with. Partners (and babies) are encouraged to come to learn about bottle feeding for the breast fed baby and tools on how to provide support for the working mom. Taught by Meg Stalnaker, IBCLC. To register call 503-421-4857 or visit: http://www.naturallatch.com/classes.html
An overview of cloth diaper types, material, accessories and care instructions. Come learn how to set up a customized cloth diapering system that will work for your family.
Plan your dream “babymoon.” Learn strategies to ensure that you as parents get as much care as your little one. Topics include making a postpartum plan, creating and mobilizing your support team, meal planning and nutrition, and more. Bring a brown bag dinner if you like.
Laura Erickson, midwife, mother, and founder of Alma Midwifery, is offering this class which will cover the basics of catching a baby in a situation where a mother didn’t make it to her intended place for birth, the baby arrives before the midwives in a home birth, or in a disaster situation. This class does not take the place of the many years required to become a professional midwife and is inadequate training for DIY folks. If you’ve ever wondered what to do if a baby is born before your eyes, and before help arrives, this class is for you. Call 503-867-3920 to register. Please enter at our 433 SE 13th entrance.
Spin to make yarn… Spin to relax. Spin to breathe. Spin to create. Come learn a craft that’s beneficial for fertility, pregnancy and beyond. Drop spindling is also very compatible with big bellies and baby wearing. Mamas, Mamas-to-be and non-mamas are all most welcome, including kids 8 and older. Simple spindles and fiber starter packs available to purchase ($15). Also fine to byo drop spindle and/or fiber.
Please enter our new space at 433 SE 13th. Learn about the diseases vaccinations are given for, about the vaccines themselves, how to space out the vaccines, if your baby or child is high risk for certain illnesses, and how to strengthen the immune system in order to prevent illness in the first place. This class is taught by Alexandra Demetro, ND. She is Alma’s naturopathic pediatrician, as well as a mother to home-birthed daughters. Call Alma at 503-233-3001 to register. Free for Alma clients or $30/couple. Held in our new room, the Gathering Place, entrance at 433 SE 13th.
Infant CPR, choking and first aid for parents. American Heart Association instructor and paramedic Denise Clark will offer a specially designed training for new parents and parents to be. Denise brings over 30 years experience as a medic. She has taught at Birthingway College of Midwifery and at Doernbecher Children’s hospital. Precrawling babes in arms welcome. Couples encouraged. Registration and prepayment required. Please call Alma at 503-233-3001 to register. $35 per person. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Please enter around the corner from our SE Stark entrance at 433 SE 13th as this event will take place in the Gathering Place.
A highly recommended prenatal class taught by Meg Stalnacker from Beyond Birth explaining the physiology of nursing, including how to establish a good milk supply, a good latch and how to assess problems. Partners are especially encouraged to join. Register at naturallatch.com.
This class is geared to women & partners in the pre-pregnant or early pregnant (first trimester) phase of parenting. Focusing on ideal, yet practical ways to create an optimal pregnancy through nutrition, comfort measures for nausea, emotional support, birth options, and awareness about an optimal environment for starting a new little being. Led by Laura Erickson, midwife, mother and founder of Alma Midwifery. Call 503-867-3920 to register. FREE.