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Mother and Baby

Postpartum Preparation & Care

What is the fourth trimester? 

Does it require preperation? 

The fourth trimester is the three-month period that immediately follows the birth of your baby. It is a  time when your family adjusts to a new life together. From learning to feed, caring for your baby, and meet your own needs, the fourth trimester requires as much preparation, if not more, as birthing.

Set yourself up to thrive by setting realistic expectations and establishing a support network. This is a period in your life where your village is more important than ever!

It's a common misunderstanding that a birth education class is the only class you should take before having a baby. We disagree.

Taking at least one postpartum preparation class can go a long way to making the fourth trimester attachment-focused and less stressful. 

Learn ahead of time to breastfeed (it's not as intuitive as it seems), change a diaper, or meal plan, and how to share parenting responsibilities. 

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Sleeping Siblings



We'll cover everything from newborn basics including bathing and diapering, newborn sleep and baby wearing, breastfeeding essentials, bottle feeding, pumping and beyond. Plus, early parenting with suggestions for preparing your team and considering yourself and relationships postpartum



with Katie DaMota

Katie teaches the postpartum classes listed above and is available for a private consultation prenatally or during the postpartum.

She holds a master's degree in Maternal and Child Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and an international certification in lactation consulting (IBCLC). Her extensive background in the fields of child development and women's health has allowed her to make a career of her passion for guiding parents to make healthy decisions for themselves and their children.

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Join us for a comprehensive workshop in preparation to welcome your newest baby. The class objective is to prepare you to thrive through postpartum as your family and your heart expand. With topics like newborn feeding Reminders, newborn behavior refresh, postpartum re-do to implement new ideas this time, preparation for parenting one more, and sibling preparation.



with Ashlee Sakaishi-Wilkin

Ashlee deeply believes in the power of women to birth their babies and the importance for mothers and families to receive supportive care. As an Ayurvedic postpartum doula, birth doula, ​and massage therapist, she aims to ease the transition into parenthood for new families through nourishing food and rejuvenating bodywork. Ashlee has formally studied Nutrition, Ayurvedic medicine, Ayurvedic bodywork, Labor Doula support, Herbalism, and Ayurvedic postpartum care.

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Meet a lactation consultant prenatally to cover all of your feeding questions and concerns in this conversational opportunity. topics include tips for a great start, newborn behavior and feeding communication, establishing milk production, latching & positioning, common infections, pumping & milk storage, nourishing yourself, and more.

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with Chanti Smith

As a lactation specialist and midwife, Chanti supports new parents in breast/chestfeeding with her skills in craniosacral therapy and pre and perinatal psychology through a process of guiding the baby in the supported attachment sequence, where a gentle unwinding, birth integration, and (if needed) bonding repair can happen. Often, this can greatly impact breast/chestfeeding success.

Chanti teaches the Birth Trauma Support Group Class.

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Coming Soon!
A Nest Lactation Support Network

The Nest is currently working to secure grant funding to expand our breastfeeding support in Nevada County. We are hoping to add four Lactation Counselors to our team to better provide local and in-person lactation support to families. 

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