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Breastfeeding with Confidence & Truth: Prenatal Class
Nursing our babies is natural, but it stopped being seen as natural in our society a long time ago. One of the main reasons to give it up is the perception that the lactation relationship will be instantaneously perfect when it actually takes time, patience, and adaptation to changes from everyone in the family. This class is for those undecided to nurse, those wondering what is true, and those wanting to be more informed for themselves as parents, grandparents, or as a support team. The pregnancy is the ideal time to learn about the milk-making process, right before that little baby becomes the center of attention.
The baby grows! The lactation changes! Myths and facts from 3 to 24 months and more!
And when I thought that I had a perfect nursing routine...surprise! Everything changed! Every month is a new adventure, is about learning to identify everyone’s necessities and adapting accordingly. Teeth, solids, sippy cups, growth spurts, first birthday, independence, walking, etc. Let´s share the best ways to continue the lactation relationship in spite of the many changes in our babies and in ourselves.
Dando Pecho con Confianza y Verdad
Amamantar es natural, pero hace muchos años que no es natural hacerlo en nuestra sociedad.. Una de las principales razones para abandonar la lactancia es el creer que la lactancia es algo instantáneamente perfecto, en realidad la lactancia es una práctica de adaptación y paciencia de todas las partes de la familia. Esta plática es para papás que desean dar pecho pero que no están seguros de si es para ustedes, si no saben que es verdad y que no, o si solo desean estar mejor informados antes del parto. El momento ideal para aprender sobre cómo será la vida con su bebe es durante el embarazo, antes de que ese pequeño bebe se convierta en el centro de su atención.
¡El Bebe Crece! ¡La Lactancia Cambia! Desmitificando el dar pecho de los 3 meses hasta los 24 meses y más.
Y cuando creí que teníamos una rutina de lactancia...¡Sorpresa! ¡Todo cambio! Cada mes es una aventura, es aprender a identificar las necesidades de todos y adaptarse. Dientes, sólidos, vaso entrenador, brotes de crecimiento, el primer año, independencia, etc. Discutamos los cambios más grandes y las mejores maneras de afrontarlos sin dejar de lactar.
Postpartum Support Circle: For moms with children birth to 2 years.
This session will be a focus group to hear your thoughts around breastfeeding or not. We want to hear your voice and learn about your postpartum experiences and how we can better support you during your postpartum.
One on one Breastfeeding Support & Education
Home visits and telehealth lactation visits serving the BIPOC community. The goal is to improve breastfeeding initiation, duration and support to optimize baby's first foods and wellness. Also to share the benefits for mom postpartum.
Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised until adulthood in Cd. Juarez Chihuahua, Luz Chavez is a Mexican-American Certified Lactation Counselor and HUG Your Baby Teacher. Her journey as a Breastfeeding Lactivist started in 2004 under the guidance of Certified Professional Midwives at an El Paso Birth Center serving the Latin community. Since then, her goal has been to support and empower families as they become parents. She advocates for pregnancy, birth, and parenting autonomy.
She attended a workshop in 2019 about how newborns communicate and their sleep cycles, Luz reclaimed 4 hours of sleep that same night of the workshop, and her daughter was already 2-years-old. Seeing what it had done for her, she went on to become a Certified HUG Your Baby Teacher that same year.
As a first time breastfeeding mother at 35 years old, she has endured the lack of encouragement and the judgment and misunderstanding that society can have towards breastfeeding. This inspired her to create A Parent Is Born, a place to promote, educate, and provide resources that will remove uncertainty and myths about postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and life with a baby.
"An educated parent is a skillful and confident parent!"
Luz continues to breastfeed her 3-year-old daughter, thanks to the unconditional support of her husband. They still have the great fortune of living in the borderland and enjoying the best of El Paso and the best of Juarez, the twin cities where two cultures coexist as one.
Luz offers classes in both English and Spanish!
Certified Lactation Counselor & Hug Your Baby Teacher
Kim is born for Naakaii Diné (Mexican People) and from Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak People) clans. Born in Tuba City, maternally from Tolani Lake, AZ located in the southwestern area of the Navajo Nation. Growing up on and off the Navajo Nation, and residing in various tribal communities throughout her life, Kim is passionate about utilizing her education and experience to promote healthy living through kinship values.
Kim has over nine years of experience in peer-counseling, clinical and educational lactation. Kim’s work has been inclusive of Tribal and culturally diverse communities serving the needs of prenatal, newborns, and post-partum mothers and families. Currently, Kim continues to work at ValleyWise Health Medical Center as a lactation consultant for seven and half years and is serving the front lines assisting families and COVID mothers during the pandemic with breastfeeding and hospital policies.
Currently a member of the Advisory Council Committee for the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition and she will the Urban Dine’ Community Representative for the Phoenix area. This new role will include breastfeeding home visits and telehealth lactation support serving the BIPOC community. Kim's extensive experience in this field has led to opportunities in consulting, which along with her husband synthesized their consulting business in Tribal Indemnity. Within three years, Tribal Indemnity has assumed responsibility of complex projects and strategic planning with one of the largest Tribes in Arizona. She recently established her own small business, Indigenous Breastfeeding Az, dba.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-three years and three daughters of whom she breastfed until they were 2 years old. She also loves early morning runs, hiking, boxing and yoga.
Foli Riegle is a Pelvic Floor Therapist and Owner of Inspire Wellness and Pelvic Health. She has always had a passion for health, wellness and helping others reach their potential. Her interest in Women's Health spawned from many of the women she has spoken to over the years who have suffered in silence. Pelvic pain, pelvic prolapse, urinary and bowel incontinence are some of the many issues that can be difficult to talk about and even more difficult to seek out help.
As an Occupational Therapist, an advocate and champion of women, her goal is to equip all ages and backgrounds with the education, treatment and support that all women need in order to take back their pelvic health. As a licensed therapist she has extensive knowledge, experience and background in the anatomy and functions of the human body. She has also completed renowned pelvic floor courses which will allows her to provide the most current strategies and treatments.
“Challenges are opportunities for healing and expansion. I am uncovering the gifts found within these experiences.”
Since 2011, I have been practicing yoga and meditation as a way to manage a healthy body and mind, and what became was profound wellness and self-awareness. It became evident that this is a practice conspiring within me, transforming my life in many different areas of health and wellness.
Like many people who begin a yoga practice, I fell in love with the physical benefits of yoga. However, as I continued my yogic journey, it became more than just a workout. I began to feel a change of heart and mind when dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, self doubt and have been on this journey of PTSD recovery and self love ever since. Yoga and meditation transformed into an outlet to access universal wisdom for my body, mind, and spirit. In order to take yoga with me everywhere I went, I obtained my 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2015 from Vinyasa Arts in Encinitas, California.
For the past five years, I've had the privilege of introducing, sharing, and teaching various styles of yoga and meditation with my Phoenix community. I’ve become versatile in my teaching styles, specializing in beginner, vinyasa, ashtanga, yin, prenatal & postnatal, pranayama (breathwork), and meditation. Due to its tremendous healing scope, it has become a passion of mine to share this ancient knowledge and technology with my community as a true source of medicine and self-healing.