Group Support & Education

Prenatal Support Groups

Prepare for the journey ahead with our one-stop, six-session series crafted to support and empower you as you navigate the path to parenthood. 

The series begins with our Childbirth Education Class – a holistic approach to prenatal education that honors each participant’s individuality while also providing a space to build your new parent community. Over four evenings, our experienced team of facilitators, including midwives and other birth professionals, will guide you through every aspect of childbirth, from the physical sensations to the emotional aspects of this transformative journey. Topics by week include:

  • Week 1: Anatomy & physiology of childbirth, developing a coping mindset
  • Week 2: Signs, symptoms, and coping strategies for each stage of labor
  • Week 3: Understanding common interventions and potential complications that can arise
  • Week 4: Preparing emotionally – exploring strengths & fears 

Following the Childbirth Education Class, your group of participants will engage in a two-day Postpartum & Infant Care Retreat, where you’ll delve into essential topics like:

  • Infant CPR and First Aid,
  • Supporting infant feeding and lactation,
  • Thoughtful infant care,
  • Cultivating healthy relationships after baby,
  • Preparing for the emotional, physical, and practical needs of the postpartum period.

This Comprehensive Prenatal Education class offers a safe and nurturing environment to ask questions, share experiences, and build connections with fellow expecting families. 

Participants of our Comprehensive Prenatal Education will receive free attendance to one Lactation Support Circle and one Postpartum Support Circle, as well as 10% off any additional groups and private lactation consultation.

Facilitators:

Kelly Wong McGrathKelly Wong McGrath, CNM, NP, IBCLC – Kelly is a community midwife, lactation consultant, mother of three, and founder of Hatch Midwifery. Her passion for childbirth education rests in helping families better understand information around pregnancy & birth so that they can make informed decisions around what it best for them and their families. She loves teaching groups and watching families build connections with one another as they travel their journey towards parenthood. To see Kelly’s full bio, click here

Serena Saeed-Winn - Collaborating Partner - Hatch MidwiferySerena Saeed-Winn, CNM, NP, IBCLC – Serena is a Mother, a Certified Nurse Midwife, a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the founders of The KAZ Project. The KAZ Project was created as a way to empower parents to find their own path while being uplifted by a supportive and unique community. Providing personalized postpartum support to new families has become a passion for Serena. To see Serena’s full bio, click here.

Chris SchlesingerChris Schlesinger – Chris is an instructor for the American Heart Association and American Red Cross and has taught several thousand people CPR, BLS, AED, Standard First Aid and Pediatric First Aid.  He is a former EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and worked in home healthcare. He worked as a comedic actor for many years and he brings a fun, interactive style to teaching. He also includes as much hands-on instruction as possible to ensure that you understand the material you are learning. His goal for every class is simple — “that my students leave feeling confident they will be able to use the skills we practiced in a real medical emergency”. 

Photo of Kelsey BeniKelsey Beni, RN – Kelsey started her journey as a birthworker in 2015 after hearing the undeniable call to support families during this potent time in their lives. She worked as a doula supporting families in the hospital and the community. She now works as an L&D nurse and enjoys her clinical role supporting all people with varying medical needs, working with all types of medical providers, and honing her skills in centering the voice of the birthing person. She is deeply passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge to help pregnant people find empowerment and healing on their journey to meet their babies. Peace on earth begins with birth.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

The series starting on May 8th includes ALL of the following dates and times.

Childbirth Education Series

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Postpartum & Infant Care Retreat

  • Saturday, June 8, 2024 – 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Sunday, June 9, 2024 – 9:00am to 1:00pm

Tuition: $450 for families receiving prenatal & postpartum services though Hatch Midwifery. $899 for the public, includes tuition for the pregnant person and a partner important support person. Enrollment includes a 10% discount on future Hatch Midwifery lactation services as well as credit for one Latch & Chat lactation circle participation. 

Description: Expecting a sibling? Join our one-day retreat designed for experienced parents expecting another baby. This retreat offers the opportunity to connect with a supportive community of families expecting at a similar time. Topics include:

  • Age-appropriate strategies to help older siblings adjust, 
  • Techniques to troubleshoot behavioral regressions,
  • Ideas on supporting yourself and your child(ren) on the day of birth,
  • Ways to foster a resilient partnership as your family grows, 
  • Knowledge refreshers on labor coping & comfort measures, postpartum care, newborn care, and lactation,
  • Tips on how to organize and make space for the new baby.

This adults-only retreat is a wonderful way to reconnect with your partner around this pregnancy and gives you the opportunity to connect with growing families while learning about topics that are the most relevant for you during this time. Through hands-on exercises, journaling prompts, and facilitated discussions, this lively day out promises to be fun and informative. Your enrollment also includes lunch & snacks, a helpful workbook to keep track of the knowledge you gain, and a sampling of one of our hand-mixed teas. 

Maliya Rubio MillsFacilitator: Maliya Rubio-Mills (she/they) is River Blue Birth; a full spectrum birth worker and student midwife, residing on unceded Ramaytush Ohlone Land (SF/Bay Area). 

Maliya’s practice is rooted in relationship, kindness, and a community centered model of holistic care and support. Through the lens of an indigenous and intersectional identity, Maliya is especially interested in creating access and support for individuals and families that find themselves on the margins of social constructs. She is committed to a practice that uplifts community, social justice, and safe reproductive care practices.

Born at home and the youngest of three children raised by a single mama, Maliya has been interested in family care & birth practices for as long as she can remember. The journey towards Midwifery and family care began long ago, and deeply nurtured while working at a parent-participation preschool in San Francisco for 8 wonderful years. The smallest of humans continue to be some of Maliya’s greatest teachers.

Upcoming Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:00am to 2:30pm (lunch included)

Tuition: $315 per couple (each pregnant person may bring a partner or important support person)

Description:

Spinning Babies is a technique designed to promote optimal fetal positioning during pregnancy and childbirth. It offers various techniques and exercises designed to encourage babies to assume the best possible position for birth, reducing the likelihood of complications and facilitating smoother labor. Through a combination of education, awareness, and practical guidance, Spinning Babies empowers expecting parents and birth professionals to support the natural birthing process.
 
During this hybrid Spinning Babies parent workshop, participants will have access to the following:
  • Online Spinning Babies orientation class
  • In-Person hands-on training held at Hatch Midwifery on April 12th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • 3 online group coaching sessions (topics for each session are Birth Anatomy & Baby Positions, Activities & Techniques, Labor & Birth and Birthing Techniques)
  • Access to the Facebook group for community and support

Facilitator: 

Charisse Balance - Collaborating Partner - Hatch MidwiferyCharisse Balance, DPT, RYT – Charisse uses her experience as a Spinning Babies practitioner and parent educator to encourage ease during pregnancy and birth. She offers workshops, virtual and in person visits. Her practice commonly addresses birth preparation and injury prevention while treating abdominal /pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, abdominal separation, musculoskeletal pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction. To see Charisse’s full bio, click here

Tuition: $350

Postpartum Support Groups

These groups are designed for parents who have given birth to their baby.

Description: When birth doesn’t go as planned, it might leave you with a complex web of feelings. You’re not alone! Our goal is to help you process birth in community and tap into your own resilience. 

We welcome anyone who has given birth, whether that was two weeks, two months, or two years ago. Perhaps you…

  • Feel disappointed, angry, sad, anxious, confused, or guilty about birth;
  • Experienced events during birth that left you feeling out of control;
  • Wish for a “do-over” or feel afraid of giving birth again.

     

If you feel ready to work towards healing in a warm and supportive space, please join us.

Sessions will include examining our expectations, sharing birth stories, exploring relationship impacts, and honoring how birth changes us. We will use journaling, mindfulness, and embodied ways to process together. 

Enrollment Notes:

  • This group is for adults only and we kindly ask that you leave children at home.
  • There is a cap of 10 people in order to facilitate trust.  
  • If you are unsure whether this offering is the best fit for your needs or experience, please reach out to chat further.

Facilitators:

Vanessa Lin McGrawVanessa Lin McGraw, AMFT – Vanessa is a psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples, and children ages 0-5 with their families. As a mother of two, she especially loves supporting clients through pregnancy and into new parenthood. Vanessa is a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #141456), supervised by Livia Ondi, LMFT. For more on her work, click here

Sara FuSara Fu – Sara is a doula, educator, and lifelong learner. After having a ‘bumpy birth’ in 2020, she became determined to learn more and guide other people through this life-changing experience of birth and parenthood. She completed doula training in 2022 and is currently pursuing her certification. She loves everything surrounding birth and is honored to partner with others through this transformation.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

The series starting on April 23rd includes ALL of the following dates and times.

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 7:15pm – 8:45pm
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 7:15pm – 8:45pm
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 7:15pm – 8:45pm
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 7:15pm – 8:45pm

Tuition: $280

This small group is offered weekly and serves as a cost-effective alternative to private lactation consultation. Parents are encouraged to bring common concerns to this group led by an IBCLC. Material covered will be based on the concerns of the participants and can include things like painful latch, nursing strikes, bottle refusal, and other common concerns. This group is not appropriate for families who have complex lactation concerns. If your concerns end up being greater than what can be cared for during the group, you can sign up for private lactation care and have your group fee applied to those services.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm

Facilitators: Hatch Midwifery IBCLCs (Kelly Wong McGrath, Serena Saeed-Winn)

Tuition: $20 per session with preregistration/$25 at the door

This weekly midwife-led group is an opportunity to connect with other new parents and chat with your neighborhood midwife at the same time! Topics are chosen according to the needs of the group. 

As a ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood,” we’ll be offering this group to the community for free with code WELCOMEHATCH through the end of May! Always free for Hatch Midwifery clients. Come for support and community!

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm


Facilitator: 
Kelly Wong McGrath, CNM, NP, IBCLC

Tuition: $15 (free though end of May with code WELCOMEHATCH)

gROUPS FOR EVERYONE

These are community offerings that are for most everyone. Check out individual listings for more information. 

Description: Come move, stretch, sweat, and have fun! All ages, levels, and expression are welcome!

When: Saturdays at 9:30am

Where: Next to the Giant Camera under the Cliff House

Suggested Donation: $5-$15

Instructor:

Adrienna Lalanne - Collaborating Partner - Hatch MidwiferyAdrienne Lalanne – Adrienne has a BA in dance. She was been dancing for 30 years and taught Zumba for 7 years. In addition, she is a massage therapist and yoga teacher. She wants people to come move their bodies, free up their expression and have fun!

Professional Series

This weekend workshop is hosted by CNMs and CPMs experienced in community birth. The curriculum focuses on preparing the certified nurse midwife to cultivate a community birth practice.

Topics covered include:

  • Community Birth Roles
  • Intermittent Auscultation of Fetal Heart Tones
  • Community Birth Charting
  • Labor Skills for the Community Birth Setting
  • Spinning Babies for Labor
    Emergency Skills & Indications for Transfer
  • Newborn Exam Skills
  • Lactation Support at Home
  • Postpartum Evaluation & Skills in the Home Setting
  • Business Setup & Strategies for Community Birth Providers

 

This workshop is open to new midwives, midwives who have maintained a hospital-based practice, and midwives who are returning to practice after a hiatus. This workshop is offered twice a year and scholarships are available (see the Hatching Possibilities tab for more information).

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