There are some exciting things going on in our area pertaining to the world of expecting mamas. I wanted to take some time to share and compile these opportunities into one space. Below is a listing of some of the important resources offered to the pregnant women of our area, along with some things that make a great treat for expecting mothers. Taking good care of ourselves during pregnancy is a must, and dare I say pampering ourselves as well is a plus. Birth and pregnancy is a major life event. These opportunities will help you take the time to enjoy it and prepare for the journey to motherhood.
- Prenatal Yoga – Heather Vice with North Fork Yoga is organizing and will soon offer prenatal yoga classes. She became certified to teach prenatal, labor, and postpartum yoga through Asheville Yoga Center with Jane Anne Tager and a program that is recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Visit North Fork Yoga’s website or call (606-233-6546) for more information. Heather is also currently offering a Parent/Child Yoga class on Tuesdays at 5:30pm for parents and two school aged children! North Fork Yoga is located in Whitesburg, Kentucky (Letcher County) and holds classes in their studio in the Letcher County Tourism Building (Old Whitesburg Post Office).
- Centering Pregnancy – The UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center now offers Centering Pregnancy for the pregnant women of the region. This is a unique opportunity for prenatal care. The groups meet at the clinic in Hazard, Kentucky. Women do not have to sit in waiting rooms, but immediately has access to nurses, their midwife, and information. Women meet in groups for their prenatal appointments, each having individual, private time with the midwife. Labs are done in the same location as needed. Then, the women come together as a group with the midwife and nurses for questions and discussions relevant to the stage of pregnancy they are in. All the women in a particular group are due in or close to the same month. The support this model of care allows is tremendous, and would enhance the feeling of encouragement in the experience of pregnancy.
- Birth True Childbirth Education – I (Kelli B. Haywood, MAT) offer Lamaze based childbirth classes for the expecting mothers and their support persons in Knott, Letcher, Perry, and surrounding counties. The group classes meet at Laferty Chiropractic in Hindman, Kentucky, and are open classes to women seeing any practitioner they choose as I am an independent educator at this time. The classes are a series of 6, meeting for two hours, covering the topics of pregnancy nutrition and exercise, recognizing true labor, the stages of labor, comfort measures for labor, labor support, medical interventions that might be necessary, postpartum, early newborn parenting, and breastfeeding. I also offer private in-home classes and workshops covering a variety of topics for those groups that are interested. I am trained through Passion for Birth and have received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University. Childbirth education is for any expecting mother whether she plans natural childbirth or is considering/needing medical intervention with her birth. An informed birth is a more peaceful birth. Call 606-642-3495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or pre-registration.
- Mommy to Be Massage – Leah Webb, LMT is a licensed massage therapist whose spa (Heavenly Touch) is located in Ermine, Kentucky. Leah offers a prenatal massage to expecting mothers that helps mother to relax and to find relief from common aches and pains associated with pregnancy. For those mothers 40 weeks and beyond, Leah offers reflexology work that encourages labor to progress. Massage therapy is not only a treat in pregnancy, but can be considered part of your healthcare as it helps you be as comfortable as possible in your changing body. Leah also offers infant massage and can show mothers techniques for massaging their babes at home. Call 606-633-0702 for more information and scheduling an appointment.
- Prenatal Chiropractic Care – Dr. Amanda Laferty, DC provides a special service to expecting mothers through chiropractic prenatal care. Chiropractic in pregnancy helps alleviate common aches and pains, helps mother to avoid illness, and encourages the baby into the correct position for vaginal birth. Dr. Laferty graduated from the Sherman College of Chiropractic and is trained in the Webster technique. Dr. Laferty thoroughly enjoys working with pregnant women, babies, and children, and is a real asset to our community. Her office (Laferty Chiropractic) is located in Hindman, Kentucky. Call 606-785-5300 for questions, consultation, or appointment.
- Scrapbooking for Shower Invitations or Birth Announcements – Sheila Tolliver of Close to My Heart offers supplies and instruction for creating one-of-a-kind shower invitations, birth announcements, or scrapbooks for celebrating your baby. Taking the time to create your own unique invitations and scrapbooks will help you through all the anticipation of the final months of pregnancy and will give you something to cherish for years to come. Tell your babies story your own way! Email Sheila at email@example.com for more information.
- Breastfeeding Support Group – The monthly Breastfeeding Support Group meets at the Letcher County Health Department on the first Thursday of every month at 12:30pm. Mothers support one another through comraderie and personal experience. Heather Fulton the WIC peer counselor for Letcher and Knott Counties helps facilitate the group, and also offers hospital visits for breastfeeding mothers . Contact her at 606-633-2945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Natural Health Treasures and Amish Deli – This store in Hazard, Kentucky provides organic/natural foods, herbal and vitamin supplements, natural hygiene and cleaning products, essential oils, and has a full service deli. Herbs and vitamins can be a real benefit to a pregnant woman when used responsibly and under the guidance of your care provider, and have been used by pregnant women for centuries. The staff is trained and can help you learn the herbs, vitamins, and minerals that can help your pregnancy stay healthy and safe. If you are seeking to limit your exposure to hazardous chemicals throughout your pregnancy, it would be a real benefit to look at switching to natural cleaning and personal hygiene products. Call 606-436-3530 for more information.
- Labor Support – I provide labor support (doula) services to mothers of the region. A doula (labor support person) is a hired individual that is trained in providing support to a laboring woman throughout her entire labor, birth, and early postpartum. Doulas provide emotional, physical, and informational support to the mother, her partner, and others present for the birth, as well as undivided attention. Doulas do not, however, provide medical advice or diagnosis, and do not replace your nurses or other care providers during your birth experience. I would be available to be with you during your labor within a reasonable time in your home and would accompany you to the hospital to continue supporting you there. Be sure to discuss your interest in having a doula present at your birth with your care provider. I am prepared to provide this service through the childbirth education program (Passion for Birth) I completed and the Asheville Yoga Center where I became certified to teach yoga as a comfort measure through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Call 606-642-3495 or visit my website for more information.
I am so excited about the new services offered in our region for our mommies to be! We are evolving to have a real birth community in our region. It’s an exciting time. I hope you take advantage of some of these great local opportunities.
Many happy days to you and yours,