Parent Classes and Policies

Rachel Hess Doula now offers both a variety of parent support groups. Scroll down for descriptions and registration.

COVID Update: Getting Started and the Second Time Parent Group will be in person again! Here are the COVID precautions I’m taking: Everyone will show proof of vaccination via email before the start of the group. People will be required to mask. Spots will be set up 6 feet apart.    

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Getting Started (For new parents and babies 0-14 weeks)

Join me in a 5 week series with other new parents and their babies. You will find support, information, and fun in these sessions. Each week parents will have a chance to share their fears, questions, and joys in a non-judgmental environment. Every week there will be a different topic of discussion as well as time to get to know each other. Topics include: Sleep, feeding, your new identity as a parent, postpartum mood adjustment, and developmental milestones.
Join us for this exciting group.
 
Details:
$165 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge)
5 week, 1.25 hour series
Where: Akasha Studio, 4155 Washington Street, Roslindale. 
 
Winter 1 2023: Tuesdays, 2:15-3:30pm
January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and February 7th
Register here. 
 
Winter 2 2023: Tuesdays, 2:15-3:30pm
February 28th, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and March 28th. 
Register here. 
 
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Second Time Parent Group (For parents and second babies 0-6 months old)

Many say that adding a second baby to your family is an even bigger transition than the first time around. Come meet other second time parents for this 5 week series.  We will spend time discussing the new challenges and joys of a growing family in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Possible topics include: challenges with your older child as they transition to their new role as sibling, how to manage feeding and sleeping with both children, and reviewing typical baby patterns and developmental phases. 

Details:
$165 for one parent and their newborn (multiples welcome at no extra charge). Due to germ concerns, older children cannot come to group. 
5 week 1.25 hour series
Where: Akasha Studio, 4155 Washington Street, Roslindale. 
 
Winter 2023: Tuesdays, 12:45-2:00pm
February 28th, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and March 28th. 
Register here. 
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Queer Parenting Group! (For any parents of babies 0-9 months old)

Join me and other queer parents for this exciting group. We will discuss some newborn/baby basics as well as what it is like to be a queer family in the world. Come build community! Join me for a 5 week series for any queer parents with babies 0-9 months old.

Details:
$140 per family (registration includes all parents)
5 week 1.25 hour series
Where: Zoom. A scheduled link will be sent to you prior to the start of class.
 
Winter 2023 Session: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:15am
January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and February 7th
Register here. 

Questions: rachelhessdoula@gmail.com

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Rachel Hess Doula Class Policies

Cancellations: A full refund (less a $10 administrative fee) will be provided for cancellations made within 7 business days before the first day of class. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 7 business days before the first day of class.

Weather and Instructor Illness:  If BPS is cancelled or a snow emergency is called, please check your email for information about class cancellation due to weather. I will use my best judgment based on conditions in the area. If class is cancelled due to weather every attempt will be made to reschedule the class, but I cannot guarantee it.  No refunds will be given for any cancellation relating to inclement weather. If I am sick and cannot facilitate class I will do my best to find a substitute or schedule a make-up class.

Health and Wellness: Please use your best judgment if either you or your baby is showing signs of sickness. Please do not come to class if you or your baby has had fever or vomiting within the last 24 hours. If in person groups needs to be canceled due to COVID, groups will be held on zoom. If you or anyone in your family are experiencing COVID symptoms, please test prior to group and err on the side of caution.