Esali Birth is proud to provide community outreach services involving regular, FREE, workshops with area birth professionals to bring you the most up to date information and quality support for your perinatal experience. Check back often for updates and new additions.
We meet monthly (4th Saturday) at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Juliana & 10th in Parkersburg, WV – 10am-12pm. You may also join us online (login at www.anymeeting.com/esalibirth1) if you are not in this area, or wish to relax at home during the meeting. We have an educational focus to ensure that new moms have the information they need for a successful start to breastfeeding, and support all stages of breastfeeding, full-term breastfeeding, weaning…etc. This is an excellent opportunity to get used to nursing in public and allow your children to be around other nursing mothers.
In July of 2011, we introduced a new series-format that will be held twice a year, which will allow moms wanting the most information in a consecutive framework to attend 4 monthly meetings with the following topics:
1 – Pregnancy & the Newborn Period (January, July)
2 – Common Questions (February, August)
3 – Transitional Stages & Starting Solids (March, September)
4 – Weaning & Tandem Nursing Relationships (April, October)
We always have time at each meeting for impromptu topics, random discussions, and varied questions. Additionally, months listed will be utilized for other miscellaneous topics pertaining to breastfeeding.
Registration is not required; however, new-attendees who register by e-mailing or calling will receive a goody bag. Limited supply of goody bags will be available to non-registered attendees. We encourage TTC, expectant, currently nursing, and veteran nursing mothers to attend, along with support such as your husband, friend, or a family member. The more your support team (and those that will be near you as your child grows) knows, the more help you will have postpartum and during the length of your nursing relationship.
Children are welcome; however, we do not offer child care so please be conscientious of your children and ensure that they respect the facility (please do not attend with communicable illnesses). You may park on the street, or in the parking lot around back; however, you must use the lower 10th street entrance below the stairs. If you arrive late, and the doors are locked, please call Danielle at 304-482-4729.
At our Birth Socials, we gather families who’ve experienced a wide range of births – from home to hospital - and birth professionals, including midwives, educators, and doulas, from our area to provide information to our community about positive birth experiences. From differences in midwifery titles and practices, to expectations during labor, and rare situations that may require a transportation during home birth - we cover a large variety of topics, and always leave time to share birth stories and discuss everything pertaining to the perinatal stages. We provide a lot of education on home birth, but this is by no means only for the home birth crowd! This is a safe place to talk about birth experiences and gain caring support. These are wonderful social meetings to get to know the birthing community and learn about birth in a positive environment. We alternate these socials with other workshops, and try to hold at least two-per year.