Wednesday, July 27, 2011

sharing my passion

I truly love any opportunity that allows me to share what I am passionate about while connecting with others.

It's one of the most enjoyable parts of the work I've done as a doula and midwife assistant, sharing information, caring for expectant families, and supporting practices I am passionate about, like homebirth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering and babywearing

Sharing my passions is certainly one of the greatest joys of parenting, and is a large part of what encouraged me to make this blog public a few months back.

And so I couldn't be more excited to announce a new class I will be teaching at a local Chicago store.

Be By Baby is a wonderful resource for new parents and babies alike. It is a retail store and resource center in one place, aimed at supporting natural parenting. I first met the owners, Courtney and Kathy, through La Leche League when their store and my son were both in their infancy, and I had the honor of seeing the beauty of their friendship when I assisted at the birth of Kathy's second daughter last year. I was thrilled when the opportunity arose for me to work with them.

Beginning this month, I will be leading a class on introducing babies to solid food (I get to teach about babies! And food!). In Starting Solids 101, we will discuss signs of readiness, the best first foods to offer, nutritional concerns, and continued support of breastfeeding as an ideal source of nourishment through the first year and beyond. I'll also be offering a hands-on demonstration of the ease and convenience of making your own baby food.

You can register for the class on Be By Baby's class page, as well as find out more information about this wonderful store and the other classes they offer.

And if you know of new parents who would benefit from this class, please spread the word!


Sara said...

Perfect timing! We were just talking about this with some new moms in our group. I'll pass this along!

Jamie said...

That's great Amanda! I LOVE that store, and really miss being down the street from it like we were for Kyler's first 3 years of life... have fun teaching and sharing!