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Fourth Trimester Support Group

The Fourth Trimester Group is a postpartum support group designed to help you navigate and celebrate the shift that comes from giving birth. We meet to relax, to learn, and to build a community. Led by postpartum doula, come get your questions answered, sit in circle with other postpartum moms, and feel heard. We do breathing exercises, share birth stories (optional), normalize the postpartum experience and have tea.

This will take place at Sparrow’s Nest 1492 West Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91105. While the 4th Trimester is weeks 0 – 12 postpartum, this postpartum support group is open to anyone who birthed within last 6 months. Babies are welcome. After 6 months postpartum, we invite you to join our monthly “Parents Community Meetup.”

In-Person

September Series: Sep 7, 14, & 21 at 10 AM

October Series: Oct 5, 12, & 19 at 10 AM

November Series: Nov 2, 9 & 16 at 10 AM

$125 per person per series

Covid Precautions: We will remain 3 – 6 feet apart. Masks are required on account of the newborns. There is a HEPA air purifier in the room. Requirements are subject to change.

Village Meetup

This is a parents community meetup. Community is everything when growing a family. Whether you are expecting or have a baby at home, join us in getting to know your village. No topic is off the table. Come with questions, your new carrier that you’re still figuring out, and experiences you want to share. Come to listen. Come for the fresh air.

We will meet at the entrance of Arlington Garden at 10 AM on Arlington Drive, and convene at the tables and chairs in Olive Allee. If you come late, come on in and find the group under the olive trees.

Babies are welcome! We will practice Covid precautions by maintaining 3 feet and remaining outdoors.

July 27
August 24
September 28

10:00 AM

No fee!

Yoga Classes

Prenatal Yoga

Sundays 10:00 AM (Rachel)

Wednesdays 6:30 PM (Katharine)

It includes breathing techniques, a sequence of gentle movements, a bit of strength training, and ends in a short meditation.

Postpartum Yoga

Tuesdays 12:00 PM (Rachel)

Designed as a slow flow / yin style class focusing on areas of the body that become tense and tired from feeding and holding baby. This class is designed for those during the first 12 weeks of postpartum recovery, but anyone in need of this type of practice may attend.

 

*check schedule for changes.

Village Prenatal

A village prenatal is a communal gathering that nourishes and celebrates pregnant people – in mind, body, and soul – at any stage of gestation. Our gatherings support you in speaking words that empower and build trust in yourself and your baby. Activities include grounding visualizations, belly mapping, belly art, pampering, and portraits. And yes, there will be delicious snacks.

In community, those who have birthed before you share personal moments of strength, power, humor, realization, and joy, demonstrating the beauty inherent to birth in all its variation. Midwives, doulas, and health practitioners will be among our circle of attendants, holding space as you navigate your pregnancy and enter parenthood, whether for the first or fourth time.

Location: Outdoors in a beautiful, tree-lined residence in La Crescenta

Included in all Village Birth class registrations. 

All are welcome! If you would like to bring a friend, the suggested donation is $20

Next Dates:
Saturday, September 10:  3 PM
Sunday, October 16:  10 AM

Matrescence

Matrescence: The physical, emotional, hormonal and social transition to becoming a mother.  A season of life when limits are tested, philosophical thoughts come up, and values are questioned.  All of this wrapped up in the joy of raising tiny humans and experiencing the world through their eyes.

This time more than ever is one that should be shared. Join us in a monthly circle to listen, honor, support and meditate with other mothers.  Led by April Trettel, doula and therapist, topics include:

  • Expectations v. reality
  • New identity
  • Mental and physical changes
  • Dynamic partnerships and coparenting
  • Guilt and shame
  • Prioritizing ourselves

 

This is designed for new mothers or mothers with young children (under the age of 5) and open to all people who identify as mothers.

Format: A series of 3 monthly meetups. Each series starts at the top of the season (or quarter).

$150 per person

Fall Series: Oct 6, Nov 3 and Dec 1    6:30 PM

Winter: Jan 12, Feb 2 and Mar 2  6:30 PM