Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Birth + Beer

It's time for our favorite annual Bright Birthing event: Birth + Beer!

Join us next Saturday, November 10 from 4-6 for a great big Bright Birthing reunion at Champion. In years past sometimes partners have shared their perspective on birth stories but all birthy talk and general catching up in welcome!

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Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

September Village Circle with Beautycounter

Jillian Lum (a Bright Birthing mama x2) will be sharing at this gathering about: 
- Risks of a poorly regulated beauty industry and the burden on our toxic load
- Making the swap from conventional to clean products for the whole family
- Finding a quick (and clean) daily skincare and beauty routine for busy women/moms

Check out her page here: https://www.beautycounter.com/jillianlum

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Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Meet the Doulas at Green Bean

Have you been considering hiring a doula? Choosing one isn’t a decision that should be made lightly! Let us help you by providing an opportunity for moms to be and doulas to come together!

We will have eight doulas at the shop for you to meet with so that you can make an informed choice and choose a doula that is perfect match for you!

Advanced registration is required. Birth partners welcome as well.

Read more about the benefits of doulas here: https://www.dona.org/what-is-a-doula/benefits-of-a-doula/

Here is the list of amazing doulas that will be joining us!

1. Gwendolyn Bright

2. Sara Reimold

3. Maggie Williams

4. Hannah Shaughnessy-Mogill

5. Debbie Wong

6. Cynthia Jordan Fisher

7. Dianne Bearinger

8. Zoe Krylova
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Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

June Village Circle: TCM + Postpartum

Join us for tea and a talk from acupuncturist Teslin Maclaren on how Traditional Chinese Medicine can be of benefit in the postpartum time. 

From her website: 

Teslin is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, as well as a Lamaze childbirth educator. She was drawn to acupuncture and alternative healing because of her own experience dealing with the difficulties of ski injuries. Teslin has a passion for treating patients by helping them to live and move to full potential.

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       Teslin has been practicing massage in Seattle, Washington since 2015, largely providing massage in-hospital to women following labor and delivery. She earned her Master’s of Science degree from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, where she received a focused training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, with an emphasis on Western Sciences. Personal experience with injury and academic choice led Teslin to resonate primarily with sports medicine and women’s health.

     In an effort to provide wholistic care and help women feel more confident and prepared before, during, and after birth, Teslin became a certified childbirth educator and infant massage instructor.

     Teslin is excited to work in a practice combining a variety of complementary modalities in order to provide maximum benefit to clientele. 

      Teslin has recently moved to Charlottesville from Seattle, and is enjoying exploring Virginia.  In her free time, she enjoys being active with rock climbing, hiking, aerial arts and unicycling. 

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May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga Picnic

Join us for another Bright Birthing yoga picnic at Belmont Park! Sara Zia will lead a practice appropriate for pregnant folks, new parents and loved ones. Bring food or drinks to share or come as you are!

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Mar
7
5:00 PM17:00

Crappy Dinner at Sara's

This year in addition to village circle each month (stay tuned here or on our facebook page for dates, speakers, themes, etc) we are excited to open our homes in 2018 for irregular, occasional Crappy Dinners!

A meme that totally speaks to busy parents, Crappy Dinners may be absolutely scrumptious and indeed not super crappy at all, the point being we will not go to great measures to clean our homes, we will not be showing off or entertaining. We plan to pull out frozen meals, request attendees show up with something to share, order pizza or something similarly casual. 

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January Village Circle
Jan
30
4:00 PM16:00

January Village Circle

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Several years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Sister Morningstar speak. On multiple occasions I'd been moved by pieces she had written in Midwifery Today, none more so than this piece on what she calls Village Prenatals. 

"The mothers come from near and far. They have a variety of birth plans and care providers. We are there to shower them with village attention and support and to bathe them in a sense of belonging and being cherished. The one inspiration and encouragement we echo over and over in our stories, on our walks, in our drumming and deliciously in our feasting is this: Trust your Instincts. Follow what makes sense to you. Do it your way. Take your time. Find a place of peace to make decisions. Speak your Truth. Find your Truth. Your body has all the right answers. No one has your knowing. Build your instincts. Trust your instincts."

My doula compatriots and I decided to bring that spirit to our clients and the greater community of childbearing folks in Charlottesville. Our version is a monthly gathering, open to all and free of charge where we share stories and support, often hosting speakers and folks with special skills and knowledge. Sometimes we have craft projects, meditations, picnics, classes - but always the spirit of supporting one another with validation and love. Details of location and topic will always be shared here on our facebook page!

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Crappy Dinner at Gwen's
Jan
17
5:00 PM17:00

Crappy Dinner at Gwen's

Pizza at Gwen's!

A meme that totally speaks to busy parents, Crappy Dinners may be absolutely scrumptious and indeed not super crappy at all, the point being we will not go to great measures to clean our homes, we will not be showing off or entertaining. We plan to pull out frozen meals, request attendees show up with something to share, order pizza or something similarly casual. 

Commensality - sharing a table, eating together - is an intimate and enlivening thing to do. We laugh, make a mess, nourish ourselves on so many levels when we eat together with other beloved grown-ups and kiddos. We may discuss our day, our concerns, what we've been binge-watching on Netflix, or just touch base with one another. We are looking forward to a year of deepening connections with each other and with you - if you are interested in hosting a Crappy Dinner at your place, let us know! 

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*Thanks to Sarah Struckmann and the Moms and Babies group at the Women’s Initiative for reminding us of the notion of Crappy Dinners, and this article from Mothering!

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Storytime at Sweethaus
Nov
22
to Dec 13

Storytime at Sweethaus

Join us at Sweethaus for storytime Wednesday mornings this winter! We'll meet at 9:30, adults can grab coffee and kiddos can play before we settle in for a few books and at least one song.

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Nov
11
to Nov 12

Artisans Studio Tour

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We are pleased to sponsor this year's Charlottesville area Artisans Studio Tour, which will include 45 artisans and their work in the spaces where they create it; learn why they create; and examine how they create. Consider making the Tour a two-day experience and enjoy other area offerings while you are here. What a great way to spend a fall weekend! 

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Jul
5
to Aug 2

Childbirth Education Series

Join Sara Zia for a childbirth education series at Winding River Birth Center. Contact her with questions or to register via sz3d@virginia.edu

Session 1: Birth is Safe

Session 2: Interventions: risks and benefits

Session 3: Stages of Labor/Ways labor can start/what to do

Session 4: Baby is here! What next?

Session 5: Coping Skills, Comfort Measures and Posture Support. 

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