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We believe in supporting each other, even when it's hard to gather in person. Join us for our online, virtual community meetings, featuring Southwest Michigan experts and a chance for you to share your heart.  Come connect with your people. 

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We believe in supporting each other, even when it's hard to gather in person. Join us for our online, virtual community meetings, featuring Southwest Michigan experts and a chance for you to share your heart.
Come connect with your people.

We can gather. We need each other.

During COVID-19 restrictions, there are so many things we're being told we can't do. We can't be together in person. We can't go about our normal routines. Sometimes we can't even fulfill our full heart's desire for our births or postpartum time.

But the doula spirit is to always focus on what can be done. And right now, we know we need connection. So here we go with a virtual meeting series. Our vision is a weekly (or however-often is needed) series featuring local birth and parenting experts who can support you through these interesting, uniquely challenging times.

Be patient with us, we're learning. Like any new skill, mastery will come with practice. But we have to get started. We need each other NOW.

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Our first Zoom call, featuring Jessica and BrieLynn.

Deep Breath: Pregnancy & Birth Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
10 a.m.

Virtual call via Zoom

Jessica English of Birth Kalamazoo and BrieLynn Sturm of Om Momma Yoga will lead a conversation about pregnancy and birth expectations amid uncertainty. We'll cover current expectations in Kalamazoo-area hospitals (and home births), restrictions and options, as well as managing any anxiety that might come up for you during this time. Jessica will share some pregnancy and birth affirmations, and BrieLynn will lead us in some simple yoga and meditation. We'll share and present for about 20 minutes, and then open up for you to share your questions, feelings and needs. How are you doing?

This call is specifically designed for those who are pregnant right now, whatever stage of pregnancy. Future calls will also include material for the postpartum time.

Sign up below!

jessica english

Jessica English

Jessica is the owner and founder of Birth Kalamazoo. She is an advanced certified birth doula, certified postpartum doula, and certified childbirth educator. Jessica has advanced training in using the rebozo during birth, preventing and treating birth trauma, Spinning Babies, VBAC and cesarean prevention, pregnancy and birth after infertility, and cultural humility. In her sister business, Heart Soul Birth Pros, Jessica trains new doulas for DONA International and new childbirth educators for Lamaze International. She's also a frequent speaker at national conferences and is hired often by hospitals and nursing organizations to train nurses in hands-on labor support skills.

brieLynn

BrieLynn Sturm

Since 2013, BrieLynn has loved sharing the joy and gift yoga has to offer.  She strives to provide a calming clarity and opportunity for acceptance on and off the mat through movement, breath, and joy. Once becoming pregnant in 2018 and giving birth in July of 2019, BrieLynn has found her true passion in teaching prenatal yoga helping to create, foster, and nourish a prenatal community through her small business of Om Momma Yoga, full of movement and helpful community resources to include providers and opportunities for improved prenatal and postpartum seasons of life.

Register for the virtual meeting

Fill out the form below and we'll send you an invite to the Zoom call. If you don't see it instantly in your email in-box, check your junk mail filter. Questions? Email jessica@birthkalamazoo.com.

I'm excited to connect!
-Jessica

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