Community Supported Postpartum Graton/Sebastopol
Seasonal Sessions led by Kerry Ingram
Visit our new website: Community Supported Postpartum here.
***Our Spring 2021 series will continue as a hybrid of online (via Zoom) and in-person with social distance each Tuesday. Of course, meeting in person is preferred and can not be replaced, and flexibility is key to ensure new parents receive the support they deserve.
If you would like to sponsor/gift or contribute any amount to a new parent to join this class, please email [email protected]
I believe that as a community, we need to show up for you and wrap you in support and care.
Unfortunately, our culture puts mothers on a pedestal but abandons parents of newborns at the exact moment you most need our care and attention.
(I blame our mainstream preoccupation with individualism, productivity and busy-ness.)
But when you thrive, our children and communities thrive.
So let’s put you at the center of a web of support, right now.
In our weekly group you will be connected with local caregivers who offer traditional postpartum practices, physical postpartum healing and conversations on the essential specialized care bodies that have birth need in the first year (and beyond).
We will share ways to create ritual and rhythm with baby through your day so you can build security, trust and belonging in your dyad.
Our group is rooted in community building for new parents...without the dogma or judgement.
Our classes create space to connect with yourself, with your baby and with your community.
For 8 years our inter-generational weekly classes have been a place where we bring local resources to you, all with one thing in common: nurturing the postpartum journey and making visible the profound changes as a mother.
This spring, our series focuses on cultivating community, resilience and connection in your postpartum season.
What to expect:
- You will learn songs and games to connect with your baby using the language of bonding, respect and delight.
- Learn simple nurturing practices to add to your day that will keep you grounded and nourished AND get comfortable asking for support.
- Enjoy a nourishing snack especially made for the postpartum season with organic ingredients and herbal tea. (you will also receive a copy of each week's menu ingredients) *Not available due to Covid restrictions.
- Meet local caregivers offering resources and practical tools focused on nourishing your postpartum journey. You receive a mini-class each week from all of the best practitioners focused on tending to parent's and baby's needs in the first year.
- Share the unseen work of early parenting in a nurturing space of support, acknowledgement and friendship which blossoms long after our group ends.
* If you are pregnant and interested in joining once your baby is in arms, you are welcome to visit.
Classes topics have included:
- Baby Massage and the importance of nurturing touch for babies and parents.
- Mother Warming and Vitality through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine and herbs.
- Capturing moments of early motherhood with Haiku.
- Herbal wisdom for baby care and mother rejuvenation.
- Rehabilitating pelvic floor and core.
- Staying connected with your partner as a new family.
- Traditional postpartum practices to recover a birthing body.
- Making requests as building community.
- Creating a support plan to rest and slow down in the postpartum season.
- Postpartum nourishment and baby's first foods.
- Creating simple home rhythms and new family traditions for your family.
- Show and tell...collaborative wisdom.
- Spring 2021 class topics shared with folks wishing to enroll.
This is an inclusive environment. We recognize and affirm that not every body that births is female and that not every post-partum parent has given birth. We welcome you in this tender season of life when you have a body that has recently birthed, when you’re a new parent, when you’re a postpartum mother, or when you’re an adoptive or foster parent of a newborn.
Our group strives to help you access and develop your web of support by educating communities to learn how to support new families and by helping parents to make requests to ask for and receive support.
I believe that communities grow parents and that parents grow communities.
Together we can rally to make sure that you and other newborn parents like you have everything you need to thrive -- including a flourishing community of care.
You can learn more about Kerry here.
Spring Series Reciprocity: $200-$400 sliding scale-please use graphic below.
(How is a sliding scale a tool for economic justice? Read more here.)
Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. It also respects the work of teachers and creators, like myself, you have families to support and rent to pay. Additionally, when I am paid fairly, I am able to invest more time and resources to free and lower cost offerings.
Because it’s not really about money, is it? It’s about us and how we value ourselves, postpartum support and each other.
Please email [email protected] to
- join the list to be notified when enrollment open for future seasons.
- Gift/sponsor a new parent this class series.
Parents with babies in their first year are warmly welcomed to join
Tuesdays spring classes 4/13-6/1
Morning Group meets from 10-11:30am
Due to Covid-19 , we will meet both in-person outdoors at Ragle park in Sebastopol with comfortable distance as well as virtually via Zoom link when weather is crummy.
Please email Kerry to join the list to be notified when enrollment opens for autumn 2021.
Mamas and Mamas-to-be, I highly recommend this group! Kerry Ingram is a phenomenal facilitator, mother and friend. I feel so BLESSED to have discovered communitysupportedpostpartum last fall when Sienna was only six weeks old. We participated in this group for both the fall and winter seasons and it so enriched my early days of motherhood. I learned songs, games, and sweet daily rituals that supported Sienna's early life and our bond as mother and daughter. There were extraordinary guest speakers whose areas of expertise and perspective were relevant and so helpful. Finally, the opportunity to commune with other mothers in our community was such a gift. Hearing their stories, finding resonance and support was so important during Sienna's first six months. I am so grateful for Kerry's continued friendship and insight. If anyone wants to discuss this in greater detail, please ping me and I'd be happy to answer any questions! ~Lindsey Dyer & Sienna
Local mamas of new babies...this is one of the most nourishing environments as a postpartum mama....
This group tends to the new mama heart, makes space for all the messiness of mothering, while simultaneously honors her magic and deep well of strength. It also holds the importance of nourishing the new mother. When she thrives, her baby thrives, when a baby thrives, the world is made more potent and strong.
Give yourself the gift of nourishment, and meet some other rocking mamas while u do! ~Jayantii Jill Lawless
Kerry Ingram lives in Graton, California with her son Francis and 3-legged dog, Wrigley. She is a trained Waldorf teacher and LifeWays graduate with years of early childhood experience, including running an in-home LifeWays program, Little Red Farmhouse. Kerry is also a certified postpartum doula through Innate Traditions and completed her maternal mental health certification through PSI. Interested in creating your own classes in your neighborhood? The Community Suppported Postpartum facilitator course is available for folks who wish to create and sustain a parent-child support class in their neighborhood. She created Mothering Arts`Community Supported Postpartum in 2012.
Read more about Kerry, her values, education and experience here.