‘Mommy Wellness’ class starts fall term

Mothers and their babies, from birth to 2 years old, are the focus of a series of free Mommy Wellness classes at Hood River Therapy, 2690 May St., every Tuesday from Sept. 20 through Nov. 8.

The classes run from noon to 1 p.m. Comfortable exercise clothing is encouraged — as is coming in with your child.

Classes range from an introduction to yoga to baby sign language, and are taught by registered nurses, dietitians, speech language pathologists, and physical therapists. The classes are free and open to all pregnant and post-partum mothers with children under 2 years old. Mothers can come to one class, or to all.

The class schedule is as follows:

• Sept. 20 — Introduction to the series; Kegel how-to, yoga and home exercise program, taught by Hood River Therapy Physical Therapist Laurie VanCott. Everyone will take home a binder to track progress, and keep class notes and resources.

• Sept. 27 — Nutrition for Mom and Baby, taught by Registered Dietitian Tracy Dugick. Handouts include snack ideas and tips on how to eat well during pregnancy and after.

• Oct. 4 — Baby Sign Language, taught by Hood River Therapy Speech Pathologist Sarah Miller. Basic introduction of sign language, and how to bond and communicate with children.

• Oct. 11 — Kegel and Bladder Health with Physical Therapist Gina Clark. How to do Kegel exercises and the importance of bladder health.

• Oct. 18 — Lactation Support and Education, taught by Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant Diana Daschel. Will debunk common breastfeeding myths, lessons on how to maintain nourishment and connection between mom and baby, and provide ideas for weaning.

• Oct. 25 — Exercise with Baby, taught by Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Christina McManigal. Learn about sexual healing after the birth of a child, how to manage scaring, pelvic health and yoga exercises.

• Nov. 1 — Maternal Mental Health, taught by Welcome Baby Coordinator Grace Parson of The Next Door, and Lori Elderkin, professional counselor. Discuss post-partum depression, resources and screenings.

• Nov. 8 — Infant Massage and Early Infant Development with Licensed Massage Therapist Angela Gross. How to bond with and massage infants; Dr. Corinda Hankins, pediatrician, will also be available to answer questions about early childhood development.

All classes run from noon to 1 p.m.; times and topics are subject to change. For more information, call 541-386-2441.

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