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HOW TO CHOOSE A CLASS OR SERIES:
Women and their birth support can choose individual classes from those listed below, or can take the full 7-week comprehensive series package.  Wherever possible, we recommend the full series as most supportive for families. Class fees cover both the birthing women and her birth partner/s.

Planning on an un-medicated birth? Planning on using epidural/pain medication? Classes are for all women -- however they plan to birth. Information and exercises for those planning on an un-medicated birth AND those planning an epidural are provided in all classes. If you have a scheduled cesarean, please contact us for which classes would be supportive in preparing for your birth. 

Workshops for Pregnancy, Birth and Early Postpartum
7-week Comprehensive series
Body, Breath, Heart + Mind: A Contemplative Birthing Workshop

Individual Workshops
#1 From In to Out: Understanding Birth
#2 Labor of Love: Movement and Partner Support for Birth

#3 Power and Pain: Working WITH the Sensations of Birth
#4 Informed Choices: Interventions, Consent, Birth Plans

#5 A Brave New World: Postpartum
#6 A Baby! Now What!? : Newborn Care
#7 The Nursling: Breastfeeding + Bonding

Parent + Baby, and Couples Classes + Workshops
Cesarean Scar Rehabilitation Workshop
Infant Massage Series
Parent + Baby Yoga
Toddler + Parent Yoga
Parent + Baby World Dance
Couples Workshop: Thai Massage for Partners
Belly Dance for Pregnancy and New Moms

MamaPrana World Dance + Yoga™

Birthing: Body, Breath, Heart & Mind:
a Contemplative Workshop

  Dates Series 1. Sundays: 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2
Series 2. Wednesdays: 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Series 3. Sundays: 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, (no class 8/27 or 9/3), 9/10, 9/17
Series 4. Wednesdays 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
Series 5. Sundays 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
  Time 7 Sundays 3-6pm*
7 Wednesdays 6-9pm*
  Cost $375** ($45-350 income-based*)
  Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

**$350 with registration 30 days in advance of start date.

Pregnancy, birth and parenting require a leap of faith into the unknown and the uncontrollable. How can we do this, but still remain grounded and safe?  Join other couples as we explore the journey of birth and postpartum through experiential exercises, mindfulness practices and conceptual learning. Discover how turning to the wisdom of our bodies, hearts and minds can guide us in surrendering to the uncontrollable in birth, while remaining empowered in our choices and experience.  

Mindfulness practices and experiential exercises help guide mother and birth partner toward a deep trust of the woman's capability to birth, the birth partner's capacity to support, the baby's active participation in his/her arrival, and the woman and her family’s readiness to welcome a new baby. Conceptually, classes develop knowledge of the birth process, standard US birth practices and interventions, and an understanding of the family’s choices in childbirth and newborn care. Class discussions and resources support families in choosing providers, birthing locations, and labor and birth practices that are supportive of their individual belief systems and needs. Families are invited at 1-6 months postpartum for a class reunion.

For individual class details, please read descriptions below. Families who must miss a class during the scheduled series can make it up on another day or in a future series. •(check schedule for occasional day change).

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1. From In to Out: Understanding Birth

Times Choose 1: Wed 7/5, Sun 7/23, Wed 9/13, Sun 9/24
Dates Sundays 3-6pm, Weeknights 6-9pm
Cost $75/couple ($15-$75 income-based range)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Traveling to the "land of birth" is like parachuting into an unknown universe. It can be the adventure of a lifetime, or can be overwhelming and frightening. Understanding how it all works is an important starting point to preparing for a positive, empowered experience.

Spend an afternoon or evening with other couples and learn how baby travels from inside to out.  Discover the important role of the baby, the mother and the support person. Explore how emotions and thoughts shift and change through the process of birth, and how you can work together with, not against, the natural power of birth.

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2. Labor of Love: Movement and Partner Support for Birth

Dates Choose 1: Wed 6/14, Wed 7/12, Sun 7/30, Wed 9/20, Sun 10/1
Time Sundays 3-6pm, Weeknights 6-9pm
Cost $75/couple ($15-$75 income-based range)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Does squatting really open the pelvis wider than lying down? How on earth is a baby going to fit out of there? Don’t I have to lie on my back while I’m pushing the baby out? How can I use movement if I’ve had an epidural? What if I want to labor on hands and knees?
Come together with other expecting mothers and birth partners to discover answers to these questions and more. Together we will practice movements, postures and breath practices that support the labor and birth process. Learn why breath and movement help us cope with the sensations of birth, and how movement helps the body adapt to birth and the baby find his/her best way out. Discover how the birth partner’s physical support and hands-on techniques can help the mother throughout labor. And discover the powerful connection that is built between birth partners as they learn to breath and move together.

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3. Power + Pain: Working WITH the Sensations of Birth

Dates Choose 1: Sun 6/4, Wed 6/21, Wed 7/19, Sun 8/6, Wed 9/27, Sun 10/8
Time Sun 3-6pm, Weeknights 6-9pm
Cost $75/couple ($15-$75 income-based range)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Whether the sensations of birth are called "rushes," "waves," "pressure," or "pain," few will argue that the sensations are immense and intense – and they must be, to move the baby out of the body. Learning to cope with this level of intensity asks woman to find deep power and belief in herself.

Using experiential exercises and group discussions, this workshop explores what it means work WITH intensity, instead of trying to push it away or change it. Discover how, by bringing your attention to yourself and your breath, you already have the tools needed to work with the powerful sensations of birth. Birth partners will learn how important they are to helping a woman find her endurance and strength through the birth process. This class is recommended to women planning the use of an epidural as well as women planning on birthing naturally. It is medically recommended for most women to labor without pain medication until they are in active labor. These methods will support a woman up until the point she is able to receive pain medications, or, if she so chooses, until she births without them.
 
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4. Informed Choices: Interventions, Consent and Birth Plans

Dates Choose 1: Sun 6/11, Wed 7/26, Sun 8/13, Wed 10/4, Sun 10/15
Time Sundays 3-6pm, Weeknights 6-9pm
Cost $75/couple ($15-$75 income-based range)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Birth is filled with contradictions. We cannot control it, but must learn to ride whatever waves it brings us. At the same time there are many opportunities to steer the course of our birth. Families often don’t realize the choices and rights they have, or how strongly these choices can impact their births, experience, and postpartum health.

Join other couples and explore the importance of making intentional choices in practitioner, birth location, and practitioner or hospital practices and procedures. Learn about building positive relationships with your medical team, and your legal right to informed consent or refusal of all procedures and interventions. Learn how to use this information to create a birth plan that represents what is important to you as a family, and which can be easily read and responded to by your medical team.

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5. A Brave New World: Preparing for the Postpartum

Dates Choose 1: Sun 6/18, Wed 8/2, Sun 8/20, Wed 10/11, Sun 10/22
Time Sundays 3-6pm, Weeknights 6-9pm
Cost $75/couple ($15-$75 income-based range)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

As birth approaches, we tend to know much more about pregnancy and birth, than we do about what happens after our babies are born. Birth is a profound process, but it is also merely a doorway into a new world. What happens to mom's body in the weeks and months after birth? How do our relationships change? How can we support ourselves and our partners / families through these changes? When and who do we call for help?

Spend an afternoon with your birth partner or family to engage in discussion and activities that can help you can make your adjustment into parenthood less stressful and more supportive of the new family. Simple but effective tools can help you know better what to expect, and create a effective support network in the 4-8 weeks after birth. Preparation and support can profoundly impact the mother and baby’s physical healing and adjustment, and the entire family's emotional well-being during the precious and challenging postpartum time.

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6. A Baby! Now whatt!? – Newborn Care

Dates Choose 1: Sun 6/25, Wed 8/9, Sun 9/10, Wed 10/18, Sun 10/29
Time Sundays 3-5:30pm, Weeknights 6-8:30pm
Cost $75/couple ($15-$75 income-based range)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Our newborn can seem like a tiny, strange creature from another planet. She may not look or act the way we expected, and often seems a random mash-up of confusing wiggles, cries, jerks, staring, sleeping and suckling episodes. Who is this little person? And what, on earth, are we to do with him?

Join other families as we explore these amazing, sweet and strong (if confounding!) little beings. Learn that instead of being made up of random and impossible to understand behaviors, they are actually highly organized and communicative. As we begin to recognize the journey our newborn has made from inside to out and the ways she engages with the world, we discover how to more confidently and effectively respond to her needs. As we learn to respond to his needs, we discover a calmer, more settled baby, and a life that supports parents’ rest and well being, as well as baby’s.

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7. The Nursling – Breastfeeding + Bonding

Dates Choose 1: Sun 7/2, Wed 8/16, Sun 9/17, Wed 10/25, Sun 11/5
Time Sundays 3-5:30pm, Weeknights 6-8:30pm
Cost $75/couple ($15-$75 income-based range)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Most women are given strong messages about the importance of breastfeeding for her baby’s health.  Some expect it to be a natural and easy process that just happens. Others have heard all kinds of horror stories about the difficulties that can occur. Others feel pressured to try, but uncomfortable and uneasy about the idea of it. Not many of us are told that it is a joint effort between us, our body and our baby, and that like any new skill, it can take time and effort to learn and succeed at.

Join us as we explore the wide range of experiences different mothers can have. Learn about the ways we can support the breastfeeding relationship and baby’s health beginning immediately after birth and in the first days and weeks. Explore both benefits and challenges to the newborn and the mother and how and where to reach out for additional help when it’s needed. Class will provide information on: skin-to-skin after birth, the breast-crawl, establishing breastfeeding, understanding the hormones of bonding, milk production and milk release,  nursing positions, and breast health. Resources for support with pumping, latch issues, formula feeding and going back to work with be provided.

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Cesarean Scar Rehabilitation Workshop

Date TBD or private instruction
Time TBD
Cost $20 ($5-$20 income based fee)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

A workshop for women who have had c-cections, perineal tears or episiotomies. How our scars heal can have a vast impact on our health, including organ health, back health, and fertility. How we feel about our cesareans, episiotomies or perineal tears can have an impact on our connection to our bodies, our births, and our babies. During this workshop you will learn simple massage techniques to help your scar heal well and functionally, and will be gently guided to reconnecting to your body. Mothers six-weeks postpartum or less must obtain written clearance to attend from their OB/Midwife.

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Infant Massage

Date Sundays June 18–July 23rd (no class 7/2)
Time 1-2:30pm
Cost $125/five-week series ($25-$125 income based)
$50/hour private
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Over the course of five weeks, parents or caregivers are taught a full massage sequence to support the health of their baby, and to cultivate connection between parent and baby. Parents/caregivers will massage their own baby while the instructor demonstrates on a doll. There are many benefits of infant massage for the parents as well as the infants, including a measurable lowering of stress hormones!

Topics such as the benefits of infant massage, learning your baby's cues, and understanding infant behavioral states are explored through group discussions. Special sequences and techniques to support babies with colic or digestive issues, and babies with special needs or sensitivities are also covered.

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Parent + Baby Yoga

Date Tuesdays July 11- Aug 8 (crawlers through early walkers)
Fridays June 2 – July 7 (4 weeks through crawling) 
Fridays July 14- August 18 (4 weeks through crawling) 
Time Tuesdays 9:15-10:45am (crawlers-walkers)
Fridays 11:30-1pm (4 weeks - crawling)
Cost $18/drop-in, $90/6-week series
($2-$18/class, $20-84/series income based)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

* Please contact us before dropping in, to confirm it is happening and there is space.

Instructional portion of Parent + Baby Classes runs for 60 minutes. Class timing includes a gentle 15 minute to settle in and 15 minutes to depart. Classes provide parents (or caregivers) a relaxed space to connect with their babies and other parents. Classes explore the physical and emotional joys and work to ease the challenges of caring for an infant. Yoga postures and breathwork focus on supporting postpartum healing and decreasing the physical and emotional strain caused by round-the-clock infant care. While classes focus on the mother/partner, infant massage and movement exercises are included to support the baby’s health and parent-baby bonding.

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Young Child + Parent Yoga (2-4 year olds)

Date Sundays July 30 – August 20 (4 weeks)
Tuesdays September 19 – November 7th (8 weeks)
Time Sun: 1-2:30pm
Tues: 9:15–10:30am
Cost $60 (4 weeks) $120 (8 weeks)
$30-80/series income based fees
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

For 2 to 4 year olds. Our yoga classes are designed to help children find healthy ways to explore the extremes of their natural activity, while parents gain tools to work with the exuberant and sometimes overwhelming energy of young children.

Classes will engage children through story-based yoga practices and sensory integration exercises. Children will explore their full range of activity and feelings--from wild things to cuddlers, and love bunnies to fierce tigers--and in turn, parents will discover how to create safe responses to the sometimes unnerving energy level of these little forces of nature--without being overcome by frustration, fear, or overwhelm!

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Parent + Baby World Dance

Date Sundays, classes resuming Fall 2017
Time 1–2:30pm
Cost $18/drop-in, $96/6-week series
($2-$18/class, $20-96/series income based
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Needing some time and space to move your body and raise your heart-rate, but can’t figure out how to do it with a baby in tow? Come dance with us! Moms, Partners and Pregnant women dance to Latin American and African rhythms with babies carried safely in a wrap. Babies experience the brain-maturing power of rhythmic movement and the comfort and assurance of being close to mom's heartbeat. Please bring your front or back carrier and we will help evaluate if it will work for class. If not, you can borrow one of ours. Optimal carriers are soft carriers of the Moby Wrap or Boba style.

  • learn how to support baby in a wrap that is safe for mom's body and baby's developing structure.
  • learn how dance calms babies and often helps them sleep
  • move in ways that stimulate sensory integration for your baby and support future learning  
  • strengthen and support your pregnant or postpartum body in a fun and stimulating way.
  • strengthen abdominal, pelvic floor and back muscles
  • sweat, have fun and dance, dance, dance...

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Valentines Couples Workshop: Thai Massage for Partners

Date See you next year!
Time 2–5pm
Cost $75/couple ($25-75 income-based)
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com

Spend a fun afternoon with your loved one, and learn how to give a relaxing and rejuvenating 30 minute Thai Yoga Massage. You and your partner will be guided through a simple-to-perform and great-to-receive sequence, and you will go home able to recreate the experience on your own.

An ancient form of bodywork, Thai Massage developed first in India and then over hundreds of years in the Buddhist Temples of Thailand. Rooted in the Ayurvedic medicine of India, Thai Massage is simultaneously deeply relaxing and energizing, The practice will take place on a mat on the floor, with the partner fully clothed. No oil or lotion is used.  Join us after class for chocolate, berries and sweet conversations.

Belly Dance for Pregnancy and New Moms

Date Mondays, next series beginning in July!
Time 6:30–7:30pm
Cost $84 / $16 per drop in
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com
Teacher Crystal Pavlides

Join pregnant women and mothers with babies in wraps for an hour of gentle belly dance.  Offering a surprisingly deep workout, belly dance is both powerful and feminine. It emerged hundreds of years ago as women supported one another to work with the sensations of childbirth.  Movements develop the flexibility and strength needed in the birth process and mothering, and connect women to the power and wisdom of their bodies — helping them embrace the many changes that come during the childbearing year. Open to all levels - no experience is necessary.

MamaPrana World Dance + Yoga™

Date Sundays April 30–June 4
Time 1–2:30pm
Cost $84 / $16 per drop in
Contact/
Register
Kaeli at 401.338.5466
kaeli@motioncenter.com
Teacher Satta Jallah, babywearing support: Shaylene Costa from KangaMamas-RI

MamaPrana World Dance and Yoga™ is a class for prenatal and postpartum moms with babies in belly or wraps and carriers. During this 6-week movement series, moms will explore the power of the breath, grounding yoga asana, and dances from around the world. Fluid feminine movement, core strength support and cardiovascular dance will lift your spirits and empower mind, body, and soul. Open to all levels — no experience is necessary!

Babies 4-weeks-old to 2 years are worn in carriers and wraps, and receive the benefits of being close to mom and experiencing developmentally supportive movement (babies often sleep happily through class!).  Moms will also have a chance to learn about the benefits of baby wearing and the various styles and techniques suitable for your baby’s age and body type with Kanga-Mama group co-leader. When registering, please let us know if you are new to baby-wearing or have experience, and what type of carrier you have and use. If you do not have a carrier, we have some to loan and can provide information on buying, renting or safely making your own.

Testimonials
Take this class! Not only will it give you the information you need to make informed, intelligent choices about your birthing process, but it will give you the chance to bond with your partner and other couples. Kaeli is a wonderful instructor, taking you through exercises and birthing information in a clear, kind and impassioned way. C.M Providence

Kaeli was an absolutely extaordinary guide through our intense journey of pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period. Kaeli worked with us as a doula, prenatal yoga teacher, childbirth educator and massage therapist. Her support was all encompassing--physical, emotional and, spiritual, really. I can't imaging having navigated the wild and unpredicable waters of this transition without her and am deeply grateful for her tender presence, loving expertise, warm humor and compassionate spirit. She is an absolute gem--one who I just can't recommend highly enough to any woman or couple expecting their first, or fifth, baby. -E.D. Providence

"And thanks to you, I was able to embrace how our son chose to be born. Though I was looking for a natural home birth, our son needed to be born via c-section. Because you took the time to teach us about c-sections, and the choices we have, the integrity of our birth plan remained in tact, and I'm at peace with his birth story." -L.B. Cranston

When I was pregnant with our second child, Mike and I went for two "contemplative" childbirth preparation sessions with the warmest, loveliest doual-birth-instructor-massage-therapist-yoga-teacher I've ever met. ...I went from three centimeters dilated to 10 in less than 20 minutes, no time for the epidural I vaguely asked for, and somehow, though the pain filled me utterly, because I had a new way of thinking about it this time -- the labor wasn't being done to my body, my body was doing it -- I managed to feel centered; not the battered cow but the undulating grass, the sky above, a wave out at sea, the only wave.--From Labor Day, by editor and author Anna Solomon

 

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Pricing
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Massage Therapy
  60 min - $95
  90 min - $125
120 min - $145

Infant Massage
Group Classes:

series of 5 - $125
Private - $60/hour

Professional Labor Massage
$40/hour

Labor Massage Instruction
60 min private - $60


Prenatal Yoga Classes
Drop-in $18
10-class card $140
20-class card $220
     (good for 3 months)

Mom & Baby Yoga
and World Dance
Drop-in $18
6-Week Series $90
8-Week Series $120