My baby having days are over (sniff, sniff), but I wish that there was a place like Ohana when I was expecting my first babe nearly ten years ago. Located in Evanston, Ohana offers education, support and community for new and expectant parents. This is a complete support system for parents in the year before and after they welcome a new addition to their families.
The Hawaiian word Ohana refers to one’s inner circle of both family and close friends. After six years working closely with expectant and new parents as a doula, Ohana founder Jocelyn Alt realized that many of her clients were experiencing a great deal of stress and uncertainty during their pregnancies and that existing resources were inadequate. She wanted to create a support system -- an Ohana for expectant and new parents in the Chicago area. Alt founded birth and maternity services company Ohana to help fill that gap and provide a complete resource for education and support in the year before and after birth.
Ohana’s services include Childbirth Classes (six-week sessions covering both natural and medical birthing approaches), doula services, Mom & Baby/Dad & Baby Classes (professionally facilitated social groups where new parents can meet others at the same stage of parenting as they are) and individual one-on-one consultations about specific topics like breastfeeding and choosing a ob/gyn.
The Mom & Baby/Dad & Baby classes are a unique opportunity to find both support from other parents and information that relates to the stage that your baby is at right now.
One new mom reported:
"The Ohana new moms/mom and baby class is excellent. I started when my son was only three weeks old and arrived at the first class covered in spit up and not entirely sure how to adjust the buckles on the carseat--this class helped me answer practical questions, troubleshoot problems with sleep and feeding, refine my ideas about my own parenting goals and style, and connect with a community of like-minded women who have become fast friends and my allies in new parenthood. It's much better than a free meetup, because it's run by people who actually can answer some questions--wonderful Jocelyn, who knows boatloads about everything that comes up, and also Peggy, lactation consultant and family therapist extraordinaire. Truly, this is the best thing I've joined since giving birth."
Both Mom & Baby and childbirth classes are taking place at Ohana's Evanston location this winter. For more information or to register, please visit the website.
Disclosure: Ohana is a client of 2 Moms Media LLC.