Prenatal and Childbirth Education Classes in Halifax

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Looking for Childbirth Education Classes in Halifax?

There are still a few spots for expecting couples available for our May Prenatal Classes!

Providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, our Childbirth Preparation Classes for parents-to-be in HRM are created to be welcoming and informative. When instructor, Wanda Cox, prepared for her own first childbirth experience in 1997 she did what she thought she was suppose to do; “I took a hospital-based prenatal class, read some books and, I thought I was ready.”  In these workshops, you and your partner will gain knowledge and build confidence as you plan and prepare for birth and postpartum. You’ll also be led through that information from caring and nurturing childbirth educators and active working doulas. We know nothing beats compassionate, comprehensive, hands-on learning! These classes are such an amazing resource.

Many of us need a personalized experience to retain information (especially with baby brain!), and we’ve heard time and time again how much of a difference these interactive classes make for new parents. The evidence based information, visual aids and the instructor’s regular interaction with recent local births ensures you will feel confident, informed and empowered for your labour and birth experience.

The workshop is comprehensive and includes:

  • Prenatal Exercise and Nutrition
  • The Process of Labour
  • Common hospital procedure and Interventions
  • Birth Planning
  • Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
  • Newborn Care and Breastfeeding

Our upcoming May dates include two Wednesday evenings, May 17th and 24th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Wanda is a Certified Birth and Post Partum Doula, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Lamaze Certified Birth Educator and trained Lactation Educator.

Our Prenatal and Childbirth Education classes collaborate with Wanda Cox as well as Jen Hammond of Pampered Mamas Doula Services. Both instructors are marvellous! Jen is a Childbirth Educator and certified (and incredibly well respected) birth doula in the community who encourages expectant couples to trust in the process of birth. Jen’s next prenatal class is scheduled for Saturday,  July 8th, 10-5pm.

Both instructors classes are scheduled now through December 2017. Don’t delay. Space is limited.

3 Reasons to use cloth diapers.

3 Reasons to Choose Cloth

My 10-year old Star Wars loving son would love it if all I said about choosing reusable cloth diapers (especially for Earth Day) was, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Just dive in and choose to use cloth diapers. There’s no greater convenience than the commitment to having a set of diapers as the first and last purchase you need for changing your child from birth through potty training.

We know these 3 things are why people choose cloth.

  • Using reusable cloth diapers will save you money. You can start with the highest quality diapers for as little as $400.
  • Those 7,000-9,000 diaper changes from birth to potty learning equals 1 ton of solid waste going to a landfill.  Yes, using cloth will lessen the amount of garbage you take out to your curb in HRM every 2 weeks. The Real Diaper Association says, “our common sense tells us that cloth diapers are the ultimate in recycling because they are used again and again, not entering a landfill until they are nothing but rags.”
  • It’s healthier! Knowing “at least half of all babies will exhibit rash at least once during their diapering years.”  using cloth allows you to use the softest, most breathable and absorbent materials, against your baby’s skin without the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers.

When you buy cloth diapering supplies at Nurtured we stock the highest quality, provide unparalleled service to support you, and will do the legwork to help you have the most positive experience.

Want more facts? Here’s what the Real Diaper Association has to share.

When I was expecting baby #2 Earth Day was both my invite and commitment to choosing cloth. I want you to know I never looked back. My previous experience with disposables left me disgusted by the waste, the rash, and the constant search to find the right fit. When I had my second I never bought or used any disposable diapers as using cloth was a great convenience even to a busy lifestyle. I used cloth at home, every time we went out, later sent my child to day care with cloth and even traveled with it. There was no waste, no rash and the fit was amazing. If you can do a load of laundry, it’s a simple as that. Choose cloth.

Here’s what a recent cloth diaper workshop attendee at Nurtured had to say,

“We did actually decide to go with cloth diapers after your workshop!! It really eased my husband’s and my mind about what came with that decision.”

We will get you up and running with high quality covers and inserts for as little as $400 that will AMPDiapers postlast for at least 2-3 years of use.  So whatever you do, come see the diaper wall or attend our cloth diapering workshop at Nurtured. You can touch, feel and even practice changing a cloth diaper on a doll.  It’s true, some of our customers say we do things differently at Nurtured. There’s no crazy wash instructions, no insane Facebook groups and absolutely no pressure. We’ll give you the facts, share our knowledge, help you match what diapers will fit your lifestyle and tell you what you don’t need.

For 11 years we’ve been helping our customers choose cloth. Whether it’s setting you up to appease your a-type personality or your partner’s serious aversion to changing any diapers we can help. Choosing reusable cloth diapers is the best commitment you can make this Earth Day and every day throughout the year.

The one thing you need in your nursery

monte_blog_nursery“This. I need this.”

What a little slice of heaven sitting in a good, supportive chair is. The comment above came after one of my shoppers collapsed into the Monte Design Joya Rocker, a customer favourite here at the shop.

On average, nursing moms will spend over one thousand hours breastfeeding in the first year — not to mention the magnitude of moments holding, rocking and reading to your child. If there is one piece of sage wisdom imparted to me from breastfeeding support that I always pass along, it is to make yourself a “nest” at home. Doing this will allow you to be your best, most rested self during your magnitude of snuggling and feeding hours.

A well designed rocker is your best starting point for, in essence, a nesting venture.

I was at lunch recently with a friend who has had a Monte chair long before we brought them to Nurtured. She shared how much appreciation she has for Monte – “It’s the only piece of furniture I still have from when my child was a baby,” she gushed. “I love it. I literally spent hours in it. It was like a centrepiece of my nest.”

Earlier this year we had the sheer joy of visiting the Monte Design office and factory. How lucky I was to be able to join Eric (aka “NurturedDad”) on this trip. He is always raving about the company’s manufacturing and design options, plus their basketball court on the factory floor. For a guy who has bought hundreds and thousands of pieces of hotel furniture, it means a lot when he expresses so much enthusiasm while selecting Monte rockers and gliders for Nurtured.

Eric, mind you, is able to pick out a piece of furniture in a heartbeat whereas I’m one for taking all the measurements — seeing where my feet land, how my lower, upper and middle back and hips feel, where my elbows and forearms rest.  After all, and perhaps I’ve emphasized it already, the time you will spend nursing or feeding, rocking your child, reading story after story [on repeat] should be replenishing and enjoyable. 

Design-driven with superior quality and comfort is the Monte difference. Here’s a lineup of the Monte selection:

monte_3chairsJoya Rocker – Iconic in design, modern, contemporary and soothing. Ottoman available.

Como Glider – Sink in to this soft and sumptuous beautifully tailored chair that features removable and washable coverings. Ottoman available.

Grano Recliner – A modern streamlined recliner and rocker in one. (My personal favourite.)

monte_4chairsJackson Rocker –  Discerning in design and superior comfort this chair will cradle your body with a high back and a gentle rock.

Luca Glider – Simple lines with exceptional comfort; this chair has all the original ergonomics that Monte is recognized for.

Vola Glider – A signature statement piece with curves that will reflect your luxe sense of style as you rest your head.

Grazia Glider – A roomy glider yet with a rounded high back on a swiveling and gliding base.

It’s clear that parents are the true inspiration behind each chair in the Monte Glider & Rocker Collection. They are among the most beautiful and modern looking along with exceptionally comfortable on the market because that was exactly where Monte was born when the owner and his wife were expecting.

Ergonomic arm height combines with an incredibly thoughtful back design while lounging or snuggling and nourishing your baby.  You’ll take note there is a Monte standard of an included lumbar support pillow included with every chair. May it lend a lift to a heavy arm weighted down by baby’s sleeping head or your aching back or your very own heavy head. Bonus points always add up to Monte’s design details where they somehow manage feet can touch the floor (and/or reach to a cozy ottoman). I can’t convey enough how lovely this is.

monte_luca_detailsAfter a walk through the Ontario factory,  I saw firsthand why Eric’s enthusiasm for Monte shines. Let me tell you it goes beyond the fist bumps he has with the familiar smiling faces in the factory as they greet each other like besties.  I’m one for details. Do feel free to waive me away if I start to say how awesome their water based glue, strength in basket weaving or wire gauging and emphasis on only choosing flame retardant free fabrics and foam is top of their musts, (and definitely waive Eric away if he talks about making a 3-pointer from behind the line). You are welcome to block anyone else’s opinion out and savour the “ahh” in it’s simplest and most euphoric of relaxation as you daydream holding your child.  Afterall, it’s incredibly nice to find that piece of furniture for your life. We’ll chime back in only after you “ooh” over customizing your piece of furniture to match the nursery or living room. 

Do visit our Agricola Street Halifax store to catch our excitement (and concoct your own) for the hand-crafted quality of Monte that simply can’t be beat. From the finishing touches of true Canadian craftsmanship to everywhere in between Monte will give you the top of the line quality, durability and style you need long past the baby years.  

See you soon.

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