Breastfeeding/Baby Care Workshop
6:00 PM18:00

Breastfeeding/Baby Care Workshop

In this workshop we help moms along with their partner feel prepared to breastfeed their baby from the moment of birth until they are ready to wean. Partners will learn the best way to support the breastfeeding mom so she can continue to nourish their child. We will explore the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby both and the amazing ways a woman’s body prepares to breastfeed. We discuss the importance of breastfeeding immediately after birth and how you can achieve this. We will discuss ways to increase your chances of successfully breastfeeding your baby for the length of time you choose. We also look at the many changes that may occur during your breastfeeding journey and how to breastfeed successfully through each change.  How to help your baby latch correctly and different positions for breastfeeding are discussed and practiced.  Lastly, common misconceptions and problems with breastfeeding are also looked at, as well as continuing to breastfeed when returning to work.  

During the Baby Care portion of class, we will prepare both parents for the arrival of their baby and what you can expect when you bring your newborn home. We will focus on the roles of each parent as they care for their new baby, including the importance of caring for the mother.  We discuss the needs of a newborn baby and how skin to skin and kangaroo care nurture an infant and promote bonding.  We look at parental exhaustion and ways to encourage a baby’s sleep. Ways to soothe and make an infant feel secure are also discussed.  The physical care of your infant is examined carefully as well as when a parent needs to be concerned.  We also begin a discussion of the kind of parent you want to be, recognizing that there are no perfect parents!

Led by Rebecca Nguyen, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant and Early Childhood Educator or
Sue Gottschall, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant and Child Development Specialist
Cost: $100 ($75 when taken with our Childbirth Class)                                                

Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday, October 2nd 6:00-9:00; Wednesday, December 4th 6:00-9:00

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Labor Review Class (for 2nd & 3rd time parents)
12:00 PM12:00

Labor Review Class (for 2nd & 3rd time parents)

Pregnant with your 2nd or third baby? Our Labor Review Class is Perfect for any parent wanting a different experience or simply a refresher.

Labor Review Class: At the request of former moms and partners 
This class will include the following topics:  Preparing for labor with specific exercises to facilitate birth; Facing fears about this birth; Trust and relaxation; Labor progression and pushing; Positions during labor to support good positioning of baby; Natural pain relief techniques; Baby-led breastfeeding; Current hospital practices with baby; Postpartum needs of mother and family; Understanding and supporting the feelings of siblings.

Cost: $100 ($75 for former Picnic students)

Led By: Sue Gottschall, CBE or Rebecca Nguyen, CBE

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Dog + Baby
6:30 PM18:30

Dog + Baby

Are you expecting a new bundle of joy? Are you worried about introducing your four-legged family member to your new baby?

Then, this is the workshop for you!

Discussions during the workshop will include tips on making your pooch feel comfortable around your baby, how to introduce your pup and baby to each other, tips an tricks on making the transition so much easier, and how to identify signs of stress in your dog.

Join Alicia Obando, MA, Child and Pet Care Professional and owner of Pitter Patter Parenting!

Cost: $25/Individual Reg or $35/Couple Reg

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Cloth Diapering 101
6:00 PM18:00

Cloth Diapering 101

Cloth Diapering 101: An Introduction to Cloth Diapering

Thinking about using cloth diapers for your new baby? Does it sound daunting and hard? Join Shannon, owner of Green Diaper Babies, to answer all of your questions!

We will guide you through:  *Why to cloth diaper; *How to wash at home; *What you need; and finally *why choose a cloth diaper delivery service! 

All are welcome

Taught by: Shannon Griffiths, Owner at Green Diaper Babies

Cost: None

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Essentials for a Healthy Pregnancy
7:00 PM19:00

Essentials for a Healthy Pregnancy

Are you newly pregnant or thinking about having a baby? What is in store for these first few months? In this workshop, you and your partner will learn about the physical and emotional changes associated with early pregnancy including ways to cope with these changes and stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. Have you discussed your provider’s policies on: laboring at home? Eating during labor? Intermittent monitoring? And various other practices? There are many differences among providers of prenatal care. Questions you may want to find answers to during your appointments will be discussed. Are you relaxed and confident about childbirth? We will work on methods of relaxation and breathing for pregnancy and labor to build confidence in your body and what it can do. 

Taught by Rebecca Nguyen, M.Ed, CBE, LC or Sue Gottschall, M.Ed, CBE, LC

Cost: $50 per couple

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Massage for Labor Relief
7:30 PM19:30

Massage for Labor Relief

Partners, are you wondering how you can effectively support a birthing mother during labor? Massage is one way to bring pain relief and comfort to her and when done purposefully can be much more effective!

Becca Brown will lead couples in a series of massage techniques that can be used prenatally and during labor to bring comfort and relieve the pains of pregnancy and labor. Some of the benefits of massage during pregnancy and labor are:

  • relieves tension in tight muscles
  • Increases oxygen to mom and baby
  • Aids in the release of happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin
  • Encourages bonding with baby
  • Helps mom adapt to the changes her body is going through with pregnancy
  • Increases relaxation for mom in preparing her for labor

Led by Becca Brown, LMT; Birth Doula

Cost: Free to couples enrolled in CBE at Picnic!

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Surviving the Postpartum Period
7:00 PM19:00

Surviving the Postpartum Period

Monday, February 6th  7-8:30 pm

The postpartum period can be a challenging time in your life and your baby does not come with an instruction manual! Also, the changes a woman goes through after birth can effect her physical and mental resilience, and in turn, the partnership of the couple involved. Join us to discuss all of these changes and to ask a professional all of your burning questions.

Taught by Lisa Zimmerman, RN, CPN, IBCLC (read more about Lisa in our 'about; section)

Cost: $35 per couple

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Expectant Parents: Let's Talk Sleep!
7:00 PM19:00

Expectant Parents: Let's Talk Sleep!

Most parents are aware and ready for the sleepless nights that come with having a newborn. Not everyone has had time to read the sleep books, or research how to help their baby sleep. This class will help you prepare for your baby's sleep so you can encourage healthy sleep habits.

During this workshop you will learn:

  • The best sleep environment for your baby
  • How to deal with day/night confusion
  • The fourth trimester sleep habits
  • Bedtime routines and where should my baby nap
  • What products are available and how they can help with your baby's sleep

All parents and caregivers are welcome, suitable for expecting parents. If you have any questions regarding the class please emails Aimi at

Taught by Aimi Palmer, Certified Sleep Consultant (read more about Aimi in our about section)                                                                                                                                       Cost: $35/family

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