Massage therapy has always been held in high regard at Baby Moon. Our therapists are well known for therapeutic offerings and specialties including cranial sacral and lymphatic drainage. I sat down with Caitlin to learn more about her and the services she offers. Click below, take a peek and then schedule a visit to see her!
We all know the end of the year brings about holiday gifts, celebrations with family, and traveling far and wide. Those with HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) accounts tend to have one additional thing on their mind. How to spend their remaining money before it disappears, or how to use it when a large sum has accumulated. After scouring the internet, I realized the answer was really difficult to figure out. Sure, someone could buy bandaids, pre-pay their prenatal/delivery bill, or go get a new pair of glasses, but what about therapeutic services?
I went on a quest to find out the accurate answer and got a multitude of responses. Those who have the accounts, made me aware that they used them for club memberships/packages and had never been audited. That was interesting, but didn't mean it eventually wouldn't happen either! After locating a few resources in the insurance & accounting industries, I think I've finally figured it out!
Meet Danielle Harris! Danielle is a staff accountant at Radwan Brown & Company, PSC in Lexington, KY. After asking colleagues and doing ample research, the following came to light. HSA and FSA money must be used for qualifying medical expenses. As such, if a medical care provider orders a therapeutic service for the patient, it should be a qualified expense. This would include massage and massage packages! This is great news for Baby Moon families who have these accounts, and would like to use their funds on massage therapy. So what are the next steps if you want to use your money at Baby Moon?
Contact your insurance agent and ask if doctor ordered therapeutic massage is covered on your plan. If the answer is yes, contact your doctors office and request a doctors order for therapeutic massage as needed. Next, contact our office by phone, text, or email to let us know you'd like to pre-purchase a massage or a massage package. Our card readers are fully equipped to accept HSA/ FSA cards. You'll receive a receipt via e-mail to attach to your doctors note for audit purposes and voila, you've taken care of your therapeutic massage needs and used your FSA/HSA funds!
Remember, Baby Moon massage therapists service the entire family. You do not need to be pregnant to have a massage with our amazing therapists. We offer general massage therapy, prenatal massage, Thai massage (clothes on option), canal sacral for pediatrics, and much more. Our massage options offer 60 minute massage in a 3, 6, and 12 pack as well as a 90 minute massage in a 3, 6, and 12 pack.
What are you waiting for? Spend that hard earned & saved money on yourself and your family!
Interested in more information about HSA/FSA accounts or in need of an accountant? Be sure to reach out to Danielle at email@example.com . For more information on IRS standards for these plans, click HERE!
If you're new to Baby Moon, you might not know about our amazing prenatal yoga offerings. Baby Moon is a Lexington's only studio dedicated to your growing body and baby. It's something we are proud of and hope you'll join our amazing community of moms-to-be.
I met Hope in person and fell in love with her zeal for life, passion for what she does, and the joy she emits. Originally from Louisiana, she brings southern charm and kindness as well as well as love and compassion to her classes. Hope moved to Kentucky 7 years ago and fell in love with it , specifically Lexington. She has had training with Sterling Hot Works Yoga, Street Yoga, and most recently Shanti Mom prenatal yoga. In Hope's class you can expect to connect with your body and your baby through breath and movements designed to support and strengthen your pregnant body. Many people say that prenatal yoga made their birth and recovery experience easier, so why not give it a try if you haven't already?
Beginners as well as experienced yogis are welcome and encouraged to attend. This special stage of life deserves the attention and respect that the Baby Moon Prenatal yoga team brings.
Join Hope on Sunday's at 2:00 starting in January to experience it yourself. She can't wait to meet you!
Were not there yet, but we will be soon. Grandparents and loved ones will begin asking what little Mary wants for the holidays, spouses and partners will be questioning whether or not they've chosen the perfect gift, or wait until he last minute and grab something and hope it simply works. If you are hoping for an amazing gift this season, remember Baby Moon! From our kids class offerings to massages that are absolute perfection, there is a gift for the whole family.
Choose a single massage or really grant relaxation with one of our massage packages! Take it from Jack, this gift has always been a hit!
"Last year I chose to purchase a massage gift for my wife that would allow for one massage per month for the year. It was by far the best gift she has received and has requested the same for this year."
Relaxation, renewal, and a rested person is the best kind of person. Consider gifting the one you love with this amazing gift of one or more massages!
Maybe Damien receives heaps of gifts each year. There are so many that he is overwhelmed. No matter how many times you request that toys not be sent, they keep coming! How about a different option this year for all of those friends and family members?
Candy Mountain Music is a perfect gift for any child under the age of nine. Purchase a gift in the amount of $15 for a single class, or purchase an entire month or six months. Pricing can be found HERE.
The Pregnant Family
Sure there is always a gift registry for big box stores, but that is for the baby and not the parent/parents! Tell those that love you about gifts toward childbirth classes, prenatal yoga, lactation consults, and more. Help make your birth and post care experience the best it can be through education and relaxation!
Be sure to send this to everyone you love and those that love you! If they have any questions, our phones are on and ready to help! If they are ready to give you the best gift possible, have them purchase your gift HERE!
We can't wait to. see you!
Over the years I've watched as families struggle to figure out why breastfeeding hurts so bad, why their baby isn't gaining proper weight, and why no one can figure out why. Time and again, I've watched defeated new parents, already sleep deprived, try to figure out new feeding methods and solutions when they hadn't anticipated needing to do so.
Not long ago, the Baby Moon lactation team met with Dr. Ashley Tynan to go over her procedures, techniques, and aftercare for revisions in Lexington, KY. After attending a few conferences on the impact tongue and lip ties can have on not only breastfeeding relationships, but also food aversions, reflux, and more, I thought Baby Moon needed to take a step forward in bringing this topic to light. It's become common place for those who aren't breastfeeding specialists to doubt the validity of the procedure, but I can tell you from the countless families who have chosen this, it's not mythical. There is something to this that can literally change a breastfeeding and bottle feeding relationship in a matter of seconds. The following is an interview with Dr. Tynan about commonly asked questions, concerns and more. Enjoy!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Loving on all the babies of course! It is a blessing to help empower women to trust their instincts and be an advocate for their children's health. I guide families through the process and make meaningful connections with them, taking time to understand their goals and help them reach them.
How long have you been doing this?
I became passionate about tethered oral tissues over six years ago when my first daughter was born with them, and so many health care professionals dismissed and misdiagnosed our problems. However, I have been a general dentist performing oral hard and soft tissue surgeries, including frenectomies, for over 11 years.
What can a revision help with?
In infants, it can help with a shallow and/or painful latch, poor weight gain or failure to thrive, leaking milk when breast or bottle feeding, reflux and colic symptoms, trouble with solid foods, and eliminating mouth breathing. Releasing tethered oral tissues also allows for proper tongue position at rest which positively affects the formation of the child's dental arches and encourages proper facial development.
Is it just for babies?
No! It's truly never too late to realize the benefits of the procedure. There are a number of benefits for toddlers, older children, and adults including improved speech, better swallowing, reduced tension in upper back, shoulders, neck, head, & face, reduction/elimination of headaches, tooth clenching and grinding, improved posture, & better sleep just to name a few!
What other therapies do you feel compliment revision?
CST (Cranial Sacral Therapy), chiropractic care, IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Oral Myofunctional Therapy, Speech & OT/PT, tummytime!
What made you decide to leave a traditional dental practice to offer revisions?
I wanted to focus my energies and passion on tethered oral tissues due to the lack of resources for these issues in central KY. It's very rewarding to help enrich loving connections between parents and their babies, however they choose to feed them.
When should someone bring their baby to you for revision?
If nursing hurts, or if your baby has been dealing with colic or reflux, I can likely help. Some issues can be resolved without a procedure. I encourage all nursing mothers who are struggling to first seek professional assistance from an IBCLC who is well-versed in tongue and lip tie, like Bonnie Logsdon right here at Baby Moon! If they need a referral, I'm happy to provide one.
How do you do revisions?
I use a state of the art carbon dioxide laser to perform all of my soft tissue procedures. This method is preferred due for many reasons, including less pain, quicker more concise procedures, little or no bleeding, greatly reduced chance for infection, and quicker healing time. Babies procedures usually take under 30 seconds to perform and they are able to nurse or bottle feed immediately after the procedure.
How should they contact you if they'd like more information?
Call our office at (859)687-7009. I will do a free 15-minute phone consultation to help determine if our office is a good fit for your baby's unique needs. A thorough examination is the next step. In many cases, examination and treatment can be completed the same day!
Here at Baby Moon, it is our desire to connect you to those in our community who can make all the difference in your parenting journey. Dr. Tynan is one of those connections. We wish you all the best in your feeding and parenting journey.
Need assistance with breastfeeding? Contact us for our lactation consultant in Lexington KY.
Need assistance with pediatric Cranial Sacral therapy in Lexington, KY? Contact us for an appointment with Caitlin!
Someone once told me that breastfeeding was natural and shouldn't hurt unless there is user error involved. As a new mother, my self confidence was already in the dumps and this little pep talk did nothing more than make me feel inadequate and frustrated with my own body. My eyes continuously scanned the room for the closest clock as I mentally prepared for the next feeding. I knew I would kindly gaze into my little ones eyes, position myself, take a deep breath, and latch. Stress flooded my entire being as I knew what was coming next. Toe curling agonizing pain seared through my breast, but I gritted my teeth and told myself it was going to be okay and it would get better in time.
My pediatrician told me nothing was wrong. He didn't believe in tongue ties, but sent his associate in to take a look to make me feel better. The other doctor checked and declared that my baby was free from any ties and that the options were to either grit my teeth or switch to formula. Let me be completely honest with you in saying that I wasn't opposed to formula, but I really had a desire to make breastfeeding work. I didn't feel like feeding my baby formula was a failure of any sort, but I also wanted to maintain the goals I had originally set if possible.
I wish I would have known better from the very beginning. I wish I would have reached out for help from experts in breastfeeding. I wish I wouldn't have relied on google and the advice of friends, family, and well meaning doctors who didn't know much about breastfeeding. I also wish my story wasn't the story of many others in our community. A story of wrong advice from kind people, inaccurate information from the people we trust to know the answers, and thinking things would just get better in time.
So how do you figure out where to get help? How do you know if the advice you're being given is up to date and accurate?
Enter lactation consultants in Lexington, KY! Baby Moon has been the source for breastfeeding and lactation services for over a decade and we continue to serve families with unparalleled support, guidance, and dedication. Maybe you've had a negative breastfeeding experience in the past. Maybe this is your first time and you want to ensure the most positive start possible. Maybe you'd rather not run the risk of having hamburger nipples! No matter what the reason, we are here to support you!
When others are telling you there isn't anything wrong, yet you know something is indeed wrong. When your breastfeeding goals are being diminished, and you don't want that to happen. When your nipples are crying out for help and others are telling you to suck it up or just bottle-fed. Know that we are here in your corner to cheer you on and give a quality assessment based on current evidence and practices.
Join us for the best breastfeeding classes in Lexington, taught by an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Latched and Pump and Grind. If you're ready to schedule your consult, please contact us!
Julie and the rest of the team!
Wooohoo! We've been searching for the absolute perfect person to join us for Prenatal Yoga and we've found her!
Ashley Hinerman, RYT 200 is a Lexington transplant by marriage, she is a lively lady whose classes can be powerful, playful and heartfelt! She likes painting, watching re-runs of The Office and singing along to James Taylor songs. She loves yoga because it allows her a space to give herself grace. Her favorite place is the North Shore of Oahu – and her favorite sound is that of the waves crashing against the shore
“May the space between where we are and where we want to be inspire us”
You can follow her yoga on instagram: @balancinginthebluegrass"
Join Ashley on Thursday nights for Prenatal Yoga starting in August here at Baby Moon!
In much of society, we are told we need to look a certain way, parent a certain way and of course give birth a certain way. What would life be like if there was a place where we all just lovingly accepted our differences and truly believed we were all doing the best for our ourselves and our children?
That place does exist, and it's called Baby Moon.
When you enter a class at Baby Moon you might find a stay at home dad, a woman in business attire, a stay at home mom with a baby in a car seat or a wrap. You might catch the eye of someone exuding confidence and another who's too shy to speak a word. There are lawyers, artists, doctors, entrepreneurs, and those in sales. Am I painting a clear enough picture for you?
Baby Moon exists as a community of parents and children.
Whether we choose unmedicated childbirth, an epidural, or planned Cesarean. Whether we opt to breastfeed, bottle feed, or do a combination of both. Whether we determine scheduling, on demand, or a little bit of each is best for our babies. We are all in this together!
Let's come together in a place that celebrates each person that walks through the door and relishes in every moment that they find meaningful. We can't wait for you to join us and see what everyone in the community is talking about. Come be part of the Baby Moon experience!
Looking for an online community of fellow Lexington parents? Join us at Pregnant and Parenting in Lexington!
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Childbirth Education and Hypnobabies in Lexington, KY
CPST carseat safety in Lexington, KY
Kids classes in Lexington, KY
Candy Mountain Music in Lexington, KY
"Breastfeeding is easy."
Someone once said that to me as I clinched my jaw during one of four failed attempts at latching on my own baby. If death stares were a real thing, she would have been laid out on the floor instantaneously. We've all heard that breastfeeding is a natural way to feed a baby and that infants are hard wired to latch and feed, but what we don't often hear is that it can be really really REALLY hard. If my babies would have been born in Lexington, I know I would have had immense support from one of the best lactation specialists in the state. I'd like to introduce you to Bonnie!
Bonnie's interest in lactation began as a student intern where she attended a breastfeeding class. After years of studying nutrition, she was intrigued by a humans first food (breast milk) and wondered why everyone wasn’t talking about it! Since then, she has committed her career to families to promote, and support breastfeeding. With over 10 years of experience in nutrition, breastfeeding, and birth as a Registered Dietitian (RD), International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a trained birth doula, she is excited to serve those in our community . Bonnie was born and raised in Tennessee, was a long-time resident of Kentucky, lived out her dream in New York City with her husband, and most recently lived and worked in Glacier National Park in Montana traveling the U.S. on an ultimate road trip. Currently, she is proud to be back in the Commonwealth of Kentucky helping moms and babies in and around Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana. Most recently, she became a mother to Finley, her greatest adventure yet!
As a lactation consultant, she has been honored to provide breastfeeding help for many families and supports them as they reach their breastfeeding goals.
Bonnie's specialties include the following: A deep understanding of nutrition as a RD, nutrition and lactation counseling, positive communication, and specialized training in tongue and lip ties.
If you've said any of the following as a new mom in Lexington, Kentucky:
I can't get my baby to latch
I think my baby has a tongue tie
I'm not making enough milk
How do I increase milk production
My baby isn't gaining weight
My nipples are sore, damaged, or bleeding
My baby won't stay awake for feeding
I really want to breastfeed, but this isn't working
I wanted to breastfeed with my first baby, but it didn't work
Please reach out to Baby Moon, Lexington, Kentucky's place to go for lactation services.
Baby Moon Lactation serves the Lexington, Kentucky area and beyond with breastfeeding classes, lactation consultant's, Cranial Sacral therapy, referrals to chiropractic, suck training, lip revisions, tongue tie revisions, and more!
If you haven't had the immense opportunity to take classes with Miss. Sarah, you're missing out. From the moment I heard her voice echoing through the walls of Baby Moon, I had a desire to have another baby. Yes, she gives you baby fever! It's one of those times I think to myself, "if only they had that when my kids were little." moments. The instruction, the compassion, the...
Let me just get to it. These are the top five reasons I love Candy Mountain Music:
She is unlike anyone I've ever seen or known. The absolute love she has for her program is astounding. From singing about putting balls away to locating various plastic insects around the room, she's truly thought of it all. Sarah does this with such impressive amounts of joy and a desire to make music a memorable experience for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, big kids, and adults alike! Making memories with Ms. Sarah should be on everyones bucket list!
2.) Caregivers love it as much as the little ones
You wouldn't think that adults could actually enjoy a kids class, but let me tell you, they do. They enjoy seeing delight on those sweet faces as new concepts are introduced. They love that there is room for self expression and fun. They love that they leave class and have those cute little songs stuck in their own brains for hours after. Week after week they return to see what Sarah has in store for their little ones and they never leave disappointed. Parents, Grandparents, and Childcare facilitators bring children to classes. If you work outside of the home please check out our evening sessions or feel free to send your kiddos with a friend or family member!
3.) Age appropriate
Designed with differing ages in mind, Candy Mountain Music is the perfect class for your baby or child. Classes and activities are tailored to the various developmental stages to keep everyone engaged and happy. No matter the age or ability level, these classes are a perfect addition to your summer, fall, winter, and spring schedules!
4.) Hello, music and movement
When going to a music class you may have visions in your head of sitting in chairs and taking turns banging a drum. Not at Candy Mountain Music! Sarah incorporates music and sounds with movement in classes. The newest offering of yoga/music classes add even more charisma to an already amazing line up. Be sure to check out all of the latest offerings on our website for kids music classes in Lexington, KY.
Look far and wide. Google it. Ask around town. No matter what you do, you'll never find a program as unique as Candy Mountain Music. Sarah creatively orchestrates every facet of her program. Each theme is brilliantly thought out and defined. Every song sung, every sound heard, every detail seen was planned to an absolute T.
If you've been looking for a music class in Lexington, Ky, look no further than Candy Mountain Music. Registration can be found online or feel free to call the Baby Moon office for more details. We can't wait to see you there!
We get it, we really do.
You're stretched thin and can't possibly fit another thing into your life. You want to have dinner on the table, but resort to take out or canned soup. You long for one on one time with your baby and family, but feel like the evening comes to a close far too quickly. Bedtime is right around the corner as soon as you walk through the door and you haven't even taken a deep breath yet. We see you, we know you're there, and we think you're pretty amazing.
You are strong
You make this crazy thing called life, function. You somehow shuffle life events, work schedules, and more into the few hours we call a day. You sometimes don't even have the luxury of going to the bathroom without an interruption or having a cup of coffee that is hot and freshly poured. Your strength can't always be manifested physically, but we see it through your perserverence and love. You are strong.
You are worthy
You are worthy of self care and love. Giving of yourself and stretching yourself so thin is depleting. Without investing in yourself, how do you fully give back to your family and yourself? When you've completed your work day and you arrive home exhausted, please remember that you are worthy of caring for yourself. You are worthy.
Your are loved
Has anyone told you that today? If not, allow us the honor. You give and they take and sometimes a nice I love you ceases to come out of anyones mouth. Newborns can't show you your importance, they just need you. With all of the needs in your world today, take a moment and know we're thinking of you. Hello there important person, you are loved.
Need some ideas for self care this week?
Remember that making prenatal yoga and BYOB classes a priority are a gift for your sanity and can increase you're ability to love and be present. Schedule a massage, hire a postpartum infant care doula, make sure you get that deep breath, and know you are absolute perfection!
I was squatting in the hospital birthing tub, trying to find focus and a steady, deep breath while laboring with my first child. I was not progressing and I wanted to give up on the desire for a natural birth. My doula and my husband helped me out of the tub, put me on a yoga ball, and I felt some relief. I found some focus. Then it quickly lifted, feelings of defeat began running through my mind and my body. I knew I had to move. I knew had to get back to my breath. I got into the hospital bed, turned on my side, and my sweet baby girl was ready to enter this world. She needed me to change my position and my mindset. She came with a fervency and her soul is an empathetic light.
It was my prenatal yoga practice that gave me the tools to stick with it. To breathe with steadiness. To shift my mindset from panic to ease and confidence.
It took my husband and I a couple of years to get pregnant. We checked ovulation, I took hormone pills, we did 4 rounds of artificial insemination, which all failed. We were gearing up for IVF when lo and behold, a positive pregnancy test lay on my bathroom counter… and then another and another and another (because I had to be sure!). I have always wanted to be a mom. And when it didn’t happen easily, I was deeply hurt. During that time, one of the things that helped the most was my yoga practice. I took a seat on my mat and centered myself. I breathed through some vicious anxiety and I moved my body to heal my mind.
After I became pregnant, I found myself at Baby Moon in the Saturday morning class feeling completely at ease. I was meant to be there. Each class I went to, I left feeling utterly relaxed and less worried about the what if’s of pregnancy and birth. As I got further into my pregnancy, I left feeling like my body was opening and preparing for birth. I learned how to breath into my lungs to keep an even breath. I learned how to not push too hard because my body was different and needed me to slow down. I learned how to REST in Reclined Butterfly pose. I learned that other women had the same fears and concerns and body aches as me and I was not alone. And knowing that I wasn’t alone and knowing that I was a part of a community of women gave me confidence.
A true passion was formed in me. I have now been teaching for 4 years at Baby Moon. We are a community of women creating a space where we can be fully present in pregnancy, in preparation for any type of birth experience, and can be heard and seen and cared for. The purpose for every class is to focus on opening the hips, steadying the ever shifting pelvis, stretch out tight shoulders, build strength, bond with baby, and connect to the breath as a tool for being present. I want nothing more than for each mama who enters my room to leave with confidence for their journey and floating on a blissful cloud.
Prenatal yoga played a very significant role in how I approached my pregnancies and in the way I experienced the birth of my daughter and my son. It isn’t just for yogis and the fitness obsessed or women who want to have natural births. It is for ALL bodies, all walks of life, all mindsets, all women. What prenatal yoga does is provide a sense of well being for your pregnancy and prepare you for the birth that YOU are destined to have. For some women, it takes a lot of bravery to step into a prenatal yoga class. For some, they have been waiting for the chance to be there for years. Wherever you are in your pregnancy journey, there is a warm space for you in our prenatal yoga classes at Baby Moon. You deserve to be wholly engaged in your pregnancy and yourself and the precious baby growing inside of you.
Join us for Prenatal yoga in Lexington, KY:
Mondays @ 6:30pm with ME!
Saturdays @ 9am with Keisha
LOVE & EASE, mamas! Hope to see you soon!
P.S. Check back here soon for more blogs on yoga, pregnancy, birth, etc.!
Hypnobabies has become a class that is respected by doctors, midwives, and the families who have taken it. As instructors, we've noticed a little something over the years. People struggle to structure their busy lives around a 6 week class of 18+ hours. We've seen the exhaustion on the faces of students who leave work and immediately come to class and those who come on their one day off. Keeping these things in mind, we think we've come up with the perfect solution to those desiring Hypnobabies classes, but lead busy lives!
The Hypnobabies Home Study Advantage!
We are combining the benefits of a live class with independent study and a final in person class that's sure to prepare you for your upcoming Hypnobabies birth. Here's how:
1. Contact us with any questions about this method
2. Purchase your home study class set HERE
3. Give us a call to schedule your private session that should take place just after the fifth week of class.
4. Your Hypnobabies Instructor will be in contact
Week by week you can expect the following:
- Contact with the instructor for information with regard to your practice when needed.
- Be challenged to keep up with the weeks assignments in preparation for the next week ensuring you are well prepared for your upcoming birth.
On week six, you'll meet for a live in person class with your certified instructor. Our live class will include the following:
- A Hypnobabies tools and techniques practice session
- A live birth rehearsal to learn position changes for birth, pushing, hypnosis, and more!
- Newborn care
- Birth Partner Training
- Check on hypnotic depth
- In person Q&A
So what are you waiting for? A Hypnobabies class that's conducive to your lifestyle is here and ready for you to register! We can't wait for you to join us.
Women become mothers and that role greatly shifts the understanding of who they are and what their purpose is. It can sometimes be a subtle shift, but other times it can feel like an earthquake that rocks them back and forth until they collapse. Life shifts, friendships dwindle, and they're left with a screaming infant, toddling toddler, or independent preschooler. Women may look back and wonder what happened and where their support system went as they journeyed through this transition from woman to mother.
Baby Moon was founded on the principles of community and support because we want women to know they aren't alone. We offer classes from pregnancy through parenthood and we seek to uplift moms at every turn. After seeing a need in our community, we've partnered with The Birth Haven to bring friendship, support, and community to Lexington. Woman to Woman was a group founded by The Birth Haven as a means to connect those pregnant, as well as those who had recently had babies with each other. Beginning Next Thursday, January 19, 2017, Baby Moon will co-host Woman to Woman at 8:00pm and continues do so on the first and third Thursday's of each month. In opening this event to the public, we hope to connect women to each other, share triumphs, commiserate with one another, and spread kindness. We hope to cry, laugh, share, and grow. Our desire is that friendships gained in this community will blossom outside of it and lasting best friends will find one another.
If you've struggled to find a place in our community, we urge you to come.
If you crave connection to others, we urge you to come.
If you have a swath of friends already and are willing to add a few more, we urge you to come.
If your struggling to make it through your day, we urge you to come.
If you are enjoying every moment of motherhood, we urge you to come.
If you feel hurt and lost, we urge you to come.
Can children attend events?
As of right now babies in arms (non-mobile infants) are welcome to attend. We will eventually look into potential play groups where older children will be welcome.
What if I have a colicky baby?
Then come. There will be a multitude of hands to help you. You probably need some time to yourself, so come and let others surround you with support and love. Feel free to leave your baby at home with a sitter or partner, or bring them along. If they cry, it's okay. We're all moms and understand. We'll pitch in to give you a break if you need it or comfort you if you don't.
My kids are older, am I welcome?
At first we thought it was best to limit this, but the more we've seen women struggle in all aspects of parenting regardless of the age of children, we decided to open this up to all mothers who desire connection.
I'm pregnant/ desiring to be pregnant with no other children, can I come?
Absolutely! We welcome you.
I have postpartum depression and am worried people will look down on me, will that be the case?
Following the standards set forth by The Birth Haven, this group will be non judgmental and supportive. Feelings, frustrations, and thoughts will not be dismissed, but instead validated. Facilitators of the group understand postpartum depression, but are not psychologists. Standards of conduct will be read at the beginning of all gatherings to ensure privacy and care is taken with information shared.
What if I don't want to talk?
That is completely fine. You are welcome to skip your turn if you don't want to speak, but instead listen. We get it, and we support you. If and when you feel comfortable, we welcome you to participate at whatever level you are comfortable with.
How much is it?
Clients of The Birth Haven receive this service free of charge from pregnancy through 6 months postpartum. Community rates are as follows:
Drop in: $10
5 session price: $25 ($5 per session)
12 session price: $48 ($4 per session)
Session credits can be found HERE
What if I can't afford the fee?
Please contact Julie at Julie@thebirthhaven.com for information on a few volunteer opportunities available during sessions. This endeavor will take a lot of hands and heart to keep it running and we'd love your help if there are financial concerns.
Have other questions? Please let us know!
Baby Moon offers many classes for pregnancy through parenthood, but one of our most loved is BYOB: Bring Your Own Baby Yoga. This class is a time to get out of the house, bond with your baby, stretch your body, and connect with other parents going through the same ups and downs as you are! We hope to see you Wednesday mornings at at 11:15. Purchase class passes or packages HERE
We know that getting out of the house around the holidays can be difficult, so Carly put together little video with you in mind. Take 4 minutes by yourself or with your baby to stretch and breathe!
Check below for common FAQ's for this wonderful class option in Lexington!
When can I begin attending class?
You can begin attending as soon as you are healed enough to leave the house. Keep in mind that with a Cesarean birth, you may not be able to participate fully right away, but will be able to enjoy the company of all of the other parents and babies until you are released from a physicians care! Class occurs on birth balls and the floor so keep that in mind when figuring out when you're healed enough to attend.
Can my partner come?
Yes! After some deliberation, Mom and Baby Yoga has been converted to BYOB yoga. This allows parents to attend together or for stay at home partners to attend with their little ones as well. We also offer a Saturday session for those families who work during the week.
What age does my baby need to be?
This class is great until babies become really mobile. At that point it's difficult to keep them safe as all of the adults move around the room. That may be 6 months for some babies and 9-12 months for others!
What if my baby is fussy?
We've all been there and we understand. The goal is for you to be able to get out of the house and congratulate and commiserate with others who really do get it. Whether your baby is fussy or completely content, we welcome you!
What if my baby gets hungry?
When babies need to eat, they need to eat. Whether breast or bottle feeding, please feel free to take a break and feed your baby. There is a room next door with a chair, or you can stay right in the class during the feeding. Our comfort level is your comfort level!
I am beyond thrilled to announce the expansion of my program. Candy Mountain Music began as ONE weekly private class in someone’s basement and has grown over the past several years to include birthday parties, special events, community school programs, and several weekly classes offered out of Lexington’s local studio, Baby Moon.
Going into year FIVE, Candy Mountain Music will branch out from its current programming and begin providing unique, interactive, PLAY BASED music and movement classes specific to the developmental landscape of the PRESCHOOLER aged 3 through age 5. This NEW class will carry on the goal and intention of all Candy Mountain Music classes, to create musical memories, while beginning to delve deeper into the realm of musical understanding, response, creation, and confidence. Transitions can now become slower and more intentional as the preschooler mind has gained a certain focus that the newly mobile toddler hasn’t reached in his developmental journey.
The preschooler begins to look at the world in a new way. He wonders how he can relate himself, a now fully realized SEPARATE entity, to others outside of his internal world. Music and movement are wonderful ways to fulfill that need for connection and belonging, while at the same time offering space for individual expression, manifestation, and confidence of SELF as a creative being. This new preschooler music class will contain playful games to encourage vocalization, instrument response activities and movement games to expose a deeper understanding of rhythm/ beat/ tempo/ timing/ and dynamics, and an introduction into the world of storytelling through engaged listening, visual expression, and active participation and improvisation. The most musical aspect of the human experience is finding one’s voice and combining it with one’s personal story. In fact, I would argue that at the true heart of musical expression, that’s all that really matters. Our preschoolers are ready to make that discovery and I can’t wait to see them begin.
Q: I have two siblings that will now fall under two different class categories (example: A 2 year old TODDLER class and a 4 year old PRESCHOOLER class), which should we do?
A: In most all cases, I will ask that if you want to do classes with both children at the same time, that you move up to the oldest age range for classes. The younger child will still be able to participate and benefit from the preschooler class and will allow the older child to experience an environment in which he feels supported and free to respond. If you have a young toddler, I will ask that you please be mindful of the atmosphere of the preschooler class and the slower, more intentional environment that it will reflect. In some cases, it may not be appropriate for a younger sibling to attend and I ask that if in doubt that you please contact me on an individual basis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I have a 2.5 year old that I think would benefit from going ahead and moving up to the PRESCHOOLER class even though she is not quite 3 years old yet, can we go ahead and enroll in the older class?
A: As each child’s personality needs and developmental milestones are different, I am completely open to children approaching the age of 3 in the next few months going ahead and beginning in the preschooler class. If you would like to discuss specific cases, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Q: My child is currently in a morning preschool program, do you offer any options for them to still play?
A: YES! The PRESCHOOLER class will meet Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 12:30pm, and Wednesdays 3:30pm for weekly sessions. There will also be options for EVENING classes which will meet twice a month Wednesdays 6pm!
Q: Do parents stay for this class?
A: Yes! Parents will still play a pivotal role in helping to encourage the creation of a warm, joyous, safe environment for their child in class, as well as continuing to help model activities and PLAYING ALONGSIDE the children.
Q: We took classes with you for awhile and then haven’t been back since my child got a little older, will this class be different than the class we used to attend?
A: The PRESCHOOLER class will absolutely be uniquely different. That said, there will be elements that will be familiar to your child (the welcome song, the play based approach, hands on interactions, instrument exploration), but will contain props and activities that will be specific to this class only. Echo microphones to encourage vocalization and response, individual glockenspiel play, storytelling and felt boards, slower transitions, and the ability to delve deeper into our topics and play are just some of the elements I am excited to introduce to this new class!
I will see all my PRESCHOOLERS in the New Year!
Happy Holidays everyone!
"Wahhhhhhhh Wahhhhhhh Wahhhhhhh WAHHHHHHHH WAHHHHHHH!"
Hey there, I see you. I see you struggling. I see you rocking your baby and looking into her deep blue eyes. I see you doing everything in your power to soothe and love her through her wails. I understand your longing for something to work so you can get back to sleep. Remember sleep? I know you love her through the restlessness and weariness of new motherhood. I know you look at her and wonder who she will become, what she will look like, and how she might change the world for the better. She will, she's got you to guide her through the cries, toddles, and tears.
"No no no no no no!"
Hey there, I see you. I see you looking at your toddler with eyes bulging out of your head. As she screams no at you and runs away. As she hits or bites and you worry because you didn't teach her those things. I see you wonder when these days might move forward, faster rather than slower. I see the light in your eyes as she learns something new and is excited to show you. I watch you love her unconditionally and without abandon. I know you see something special in her. You wonder if her block towers will lead to construction or architecture as a profession. You breathe in her little being as you embrace the cuddles, read a book, and kiss her head goodnight.
"Knock knock, who's there?"
Hey there, I see you. I see you sitting in amazement of how much your little one has grown. Cuddles are hit or miss and she's become incredibly independent. I watch as you sit in amazement at her preschool programs as she belts out the chorus above everyone else. I love how you laugh at every single knock knock joke although it makes absolutely no sense and encourage her to come up with more. I see you pour yourself into her through guidance and love. As you bake cookies, watch a movie, blow kisses from across the room, and marvel at how tall she's gotten in the last few months, know your investment in her is abundant.
In this season of love and giving, it's easy to look back and dismiss all you've done for your child. I see you. I see all of your hard work throughout the happiest of days as well as the most challenging of days. I see you and I thank you. I thank you for investing in them and giving all of yourself as you watch them grow in compassion and love. You, my friend, are one of the greatest gifts of all. You are a mother.
With Santa coming this month, many parents are wondering what gifts to leave under the tree for their children. It seems these questions come up year after year and we're here to help! Times may have changed over the years when it comes to toys children love, but one thing remains the same, the joy children feel when they receive a gift that speaks to them. The perfect gift can come in experiences, pretend play, and more.
For the child who loves to build
Wooden blocks allow for imaginative play while bringing in a nostalgic feel. The various shapes and sizes leave building and stacking a new adventure every time they are brought out for play. A more modern approach to wooden blocks is an amazing invention called Magformers. Combining colors, movement, and sound, this wonderful toy sparks imagination in even the adults who come in contact with it. Magnets within the structure allow not only for ease of building, but also ease of cleaning up. Just gather them up in a pile and they stick together!
For the child who loves to pretend
Imaginations soar with butterfly wings or super hero capes. Kids who love to pretend also seem to enjoy supplies for making forts around the house or pretend food for a tea party. PVC tubes and joints along with sheets can bring joy and excitement. Fort Magic forts are well loved by many, hold up well, and can be expanded year after year for larger structures. Be sure to pick up a few king sized sheets for decorating and concealing the outside of the fort. Purchase washable markers and let your child decorate the outside for some extra creativity.
For the child who loves music
Give the gift of an experience they'll never forget. Candy Mountain Music is a treasured class in Lexington, KY. Children and adults alike enjoy Miss. Sarah's dynamic and enchanting classes. Attend a full session, or snag a space in a specialty class. December's theme is the Polar Express! Register soon to reserve your space in all the fun including a pretend snowball fight!
For the child who loves animals
Horses have been shown to reduce anxiety in children and to foster compassion and kindness toward furry friends. If your child becomes giddy with excitement when animals are present, consider the gift of horseback riding. The Could 9 Farm offers riding lessons paired with grooming techniques and proper handling of horses. Their two resident ponies are sure to delight every horse-loving child. Gift Certificates are available if you want to be the favorite Aunt or Grandparent this year. Watch their eyes light up as they get to be up close and personal with their new riding buddy.
Gift giving is in the air. Have you come across the perfect gift for the preschooler in your life? Comment below and tell us all about it!
It wasn't something I'd ever thought about. I'd had to dog-proof the house for the holidays, but this was completely different. Household safety is vital when you have babies, toddlers, and children. Purchasing outlet covers, cabinet locks, and door knob covers becomes part of parenting. As we move into the holiday season, new decorations can create brand new safety hazards that are shiny and bright. It's the perfect storm when it comes to toddlers who are naturally attracted to breakable items and wires.
Bold, bright, and shiny, Christmas trees are part of many holiday decorations. How do you keep your little ones safe and sound with so many breakables and untouchables? We've compiled a list to help!
Get a Baby Gate
Baby gates can do more than block a door way. North States play yard is a great addition to any off limits decor. The hexigon shape fits perfectly around the tree, yet is easily moved if needed for watering a live tree. The structure allows for toddlers to pull up without fear of it toppling over on them and allows them freedom to get close, but not too close to all of the ornaments on display.
One of the fears with decorations, is broken glass. The fear of an ornament shattering and your little one getting a piece in their hands, feet, or even mouth, is enough to make to you worry. Invest in some shatterproof ornaments this season and pack your precious breakables away for a few years. Shatterproof ornaments look similar to their glass counterparts, but no matter how many times they drop, they stay strong and look beautiful.
Secure the tree
A table top tree isn't heavy, but a 6 foot tree on the floor poses it's own topple hazard. A small child could easily grab a few branches to pull up on and have the entire tree fall over on top of them. Purchasing a few Command brand knobs and some fishing line can help remedy this. Wrap a strand of fishing line around the tree in two places (top and bottom) and affix them to two knobs on the wall will hold your tree upright and safe. Be sure to get a heavy weight clear fishing line and adhere the command strips as directed. Once it's time for the tree to come down, the knobs can as well with no damage to your wall!
Don't hook me
Hooks seem like a necessary evil when decorating the tree. Even the powder coated hooks can poke delicate fingers and toes and could be a potential choke hazard. Why not grab a few spools of decorative ribbon instead? Tie the ribbon around the ornament loops and create an instant ornament hanger without the worries! To further secure the ribbon knot, use a drop of super glue, or purchase ribbon that can be burned on the edges to create an unbreakable knot.
But I want it to look beautiful
I get it, I really do. You've always had a beautiful tree and you don't want that to change. You want your special ornaments displayed, yet still worry about safety. Why not purchase large boxes of various sizes, place heavy concrete pavers inside of them, and wrap them? Placing faux presents under the tree not only looks beautiful, but creates a barrier between your toddler and the tree. Worried about them ripping the paper off of the gifts? Consider purchasing fabric instead and reuse it every year for that perfect holiday look!
Whether its your first holiday as a parent, or you've been at this for a few years, we wish you all the best this holiday season!
Maybe you’ve reached the point of misery. You're aching all over, your hips are stretched to capacity, and that forty week point is looming. Maybe you’ve been given a medical reason for an induction, but you were hoping to go into labor naturally instead of heading straight to the hospital if possible. Maybe you’ve been dealt a prodromal labor pattern that’s been giving your round after round of labor that starts and stops and you’re exhausted. Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself looking for ways in which to gently evict your precious baby from your womb and into your arms.
Search engines bring up many options: spicy food, fresh pineapple, sex, walking, and even acupuncture. I’d like to introduce you to the perfect end of pregnancy treat, the Labor Suite massage at Baby Moon.
This 90 minute specialty massage by our specially trained and licensed massage therapists is sure to delight you. Using principals of pressure points and alignment, this massage seeks to bring relaxation to your body and mind as you move through the final stages of pregnancy. Although we can’t guarantee labor, we’ve had many clients go into spontaneous labor within 72 hours of their massage. What do you have to lose? A time of pampering for you is the perfect gift to yourself before the realities of diapering, feeding, and lack of sleep occur.
Give us a call to set up your speciality session and enjoy 90 minutes of pure relaxation and bliss.
*Must be full term to schedule unless we have express permission from your care provider for a medical induction earlier. We do not use pharmaceutical techniques for this massage.