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Check Out Our Expansive Prenatal Program

We offer a robust prenatal program to support ALL pregnant families. Our program includes comprehensive virtual childbirth workshops, in-person birth classes, weekly prenatal yoga, postpartum and newborn preparation classes, and weekly virtual pregnancy circles with our expert team!

We will also offer tailored consultations for family-centered care.

 Where we customize guidance on birth preparation, breastfeeding, and beyond.

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Embracing Pregnancy is an opportunity for pregnant families to come together and talk to a local birth and postpartum expert.

We welcome all families and birth plans to participate in our Embracing Pregnancy gatherings. Whether your care is through a midwife or OBGYN, our doulas offer a personalized experience for the entire length of your pregnancy.

Ashlee Sakaishi-Wilkin
BS Nutrition, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist, CMT, Ayudoula, Labor Doula, Prenatal Yoga Instructor,

Center for Sacred Window Studies

Instructor and Mentor

A Weekly Prenatal Support Circle

The Embracing Pregnancy Circle is a welcoming, safe, and confidential space to connect with other pregnant women and mothers-to-be. So often the journey of pregnancy feels like a solo journey, however, most women do best with a supportive community around them. We are offering a space and dedicated time to sink into your journey with others to support all of the shifts and changes inherent to becoming a parent. 


Monday's circle is held and facilitated by Ashlee Sakaishi-Wilkin, an experienced Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula, labor and birth doula, Innate Provider, prenatal yoga instructor, and holder of sacred space. All birthing people are welcome to join us, please bring your dinner, your journal and a pen, and yourself.

We want all families to feel welcome, so Embracing Pregnancy accepts donations to help support the use of the classroom and otherwise is a free experience. 

Reach out the Ashlee here, for any questions about the group.



Prenatal Portrait

Embracing Birth Series
at The Nest


Our cornerstone and comprehensive Nest birth class package includes childbirth preparation, stages of labor, comfort measures during labor, pain management, birth positions, infant feeding, and more!


This is an ACCELERATED in-person class on labor, birth, and the first week postpartum.

Expecting Couple

Are you in Eastern Nevada County?

Check out our friends in Truckee for a doula led birth class

Birth Education Retreat In Lake Tahoe
with Marissa Mignone

Combine your Childbirth Preparation with an all-inclusive relaxing weekend getaway in Tahoe! 

Enjoy prenatal yoga, an extensive and comprehensive childbirth preparation course, great food, and free time to explore. 

Leave this all-inclusive retreat feeling refreshed, confident and ready for your positive birth experience.  Enrollment is limited, so secure your spot today!


What is Included in this Weekend Birth Class Retreat? 

  • 3 Nights, 3 Days Accommodation in a private cottage with full kitchen and beach access to Lake Tahoe

  • All meals included: Vegetarian + Vegan meals available on request

  • Comprehensive Childbirth Preparation Workshop where you will learn everything you need to prepare for your late pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum time.

  • Gentle Birth Course “Your Positive Birth Begins Here”

  • Daily Prenatal Yoga, Guided Meditation, Optional Self-Hypnosis for deep relaxation in labor

  • Practice positions for labor, comfort measures, and pain coping techniques

  • Dedicated Postpartum workshop

  • Lactation and infant feeding workshop

  • Partner tips and training, so your birth team is ready to rock


Hosted by Andrea Schwartz - Professional Birth Doula and Certified GentleBirth Childbirth Educator. Featuring Marissa Mignone - Local Birth & PostPartum Doula, Birthing From Within Educator, and Prenatal Movement & Yoga Specialist.


May 16-19, 2024

North Lake Tahoe

Pricing Starts at $1800

(includes the participation of two people)


We offer a variety of additional birth and postpartum preparation classes,
taught by our Doulas and Lactations Consultants.

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Our Support Continues After Birth...

Newborn Baby with Mom


We gather to share, listen and connect with others who are caring for a newborn. We can talk about everything from postpartum healing and maternal health to infant sleep and breastfeeding to preparing to go back to work. For those with older children, we can also explore the challenges that come with welcoming another baby.


Our postpartum group remains online for the convenience of parents with newborns to join from home and not have to worry about traveling, car seats or even getting dressed!  Join as you are, from wherever you are. Audio only is welcome also.

Facilitated by Katie DaMota, MAS, LC


Every Thursday at 1 PM

Katie DaMota
MAS, IBCLC, & Early Parenting Mentor
Katie is also the founder of The Nest and your fiercest advocate!

Interested In Long-Term Support?
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Need additional parenting content?
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A practical and experience-based discussions on babies, births, pregnancy, and early parenthood. Listen in each week as Katie DaMota, a parenting mentor and lactation consultant, and David Arrell, Men’s Coach and author of Welcome To Fatherhood, get together and bring real world experience and authentic voices to all things baby. 

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