Oct
1
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch/Lunche Comunitário - Meet the Doulas

Come meet the doulas of Martha's Vineyard and learn how they can support you through your pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Aug
6
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch/Lunche Comunitário - Acupuncture for Fertility & Pregnancy

Come learn from Cathleen Vincent, Lic. Ac. how acupuncture can support fertility and pregnancy. Cathleen is board certified and licensed to practice acupuncture by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. She practices acupuncture and lives on Martha’s Vineyard and offers individually tailored treatments for people seeking wellness and health.  Common conditions that often improve with acupuncture include stress management, digestive problems, fertility support, pregnancy health, chronic illness, orthopedic injury, and mood balance.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Jun
30
12:00 PM12:00

Infant Massage

Fae Kontji-Gibbs is an Island mom and grandmom who has been working with bodies of all ages (0-100) for over 30 years. She is a certified yoga instructor & body worker and a licensed acupuncturist.

Pre-registration required
508-687-9182

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Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Infant Massage

Fae Kontji-Gibbs is an Island mom and grandmom who has been working with bodies of all ages (0-100) for over 30 years. She is a certified yoga instructor & body worker and a licensed acupuncturist.

Pre-registration required
508-687-9182

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Infant Massage

Fae Kontji-Gibbs is an Island mom and grandmom who has been working with bodies of all ages (0-100) for over 30 years. She is a certified yoga instructor & body worker and a licensed acupuncturist.

Pre-registration required
508-687-9182

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Jun
4
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch/Lunche Comunitário - Infant Feeding

Breastfeeding, bottle feeding and pumping. Presented by Mary Alice Robinson (RN, MV Breastfeeding Network)

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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May
7
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch - Infant & Maternity Clothing Swap

Pregnant families and new parents are invited to bring gently used clothing items sized 0-12 months (please no toys, books, or gear) and maternity clothes. Families are welcome to come empty handed and simply shop!

Clothing swaps are a great way to purge your basement and/or stock up on next season's items without spending any money.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Apr
2
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch - Infant Sleep Tips

Gentle, practical, age appropriate tips for laying the foundation for your new baby's sleep.

Rebekah Thomson is a Gentle Sleep Coach, trained and certified by Kim West (AKA The Sleep Lady), author of Good Night Sleep Tight. She works individually with families struggling with sleep challenges and offers workshops. Rebekah and her husband live in West Tisbury with their three children, who offer her ongoing professional development opportunities.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Mar
5
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch - Infant & Maternity Clothes Swap

Join us this Sunday March 5th for an infant & maternity clothing swap!

Pregnant families and new parents are invited to bring gently used clothing items sized 0-12 months (please no toys, books, or gear) and maternity clothes. Families are welcome to come empty handed and simply shop!

Clothing swaps are a great way to purge your basement and/or stock up on next season's items without spending any money.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Feb
5
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch - Cloth Diapering 101

Interested in cloth diapering but don't know where to start? Aimee Blood Cotton, mother of 5, Melissa Schellhammer, mother of 2, and Emilee Valenti, mother of 1, share with us their cloth diaper stashes and explain the ease of diapering with cloth!

They will be discussing types of cloth, strategies, resources, providing demonstrations, and information about how easy cloth diapering can be as well as the financial, ecological, and other benefits.

There will also be cloth diaper giveaways!

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

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Nov
6
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch - Your Powerful Pelvis

"The female pelvis is a powerhouse of energy transformation; the very throne of creation which universal creative energy patterns course and flow."
-Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN

Jennifer Knight, Holistic Health Coach and Pre- and Postnatal Pilates Specialist, will guide participants through a series of simple exercises that facilitate centered birthing and enable empowered postnatal recovery.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Free!

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org or www.vineyardbirthcollective.org/events/

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Oct
21
to Oct 23

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® Self Care Training

Level One

Sponsored by Adult & Community Education, Martha’s Vineyard

Oct 21st Friday 3:30pm–7:30pm, Oct 22nd Saturday 9am-6:45pm, Oct 23rd Sunday 9am-3:15pm

Fee: $450 but if registration is paid by September 21st then the fee is $425. Included is a self care manual and a 30 minute personal education session with an Arvigo® Practitioner. Meals are available at nearby restaurants.

The focus of this course is on the Maya ways of healing including: massage, herbs, nutrition, emotional connections, and spiritual aspects as taught to Rosita Arvigo, a Doctor of Naprapathy, in Belize by traditional healers including Shaman Don Elijio Panti and Midwife Hortence Robinson.

Instructor: Connie Coker MSN CNM Licensed Midwife, with over 30 years experience in women’s holistic health care. She is a Certified Arvigo® Practitioner and Self Care Instructor and currently operates Integral Women’s Wellness in South Nyack, NY.

The class will include a review of the anatomy and physiology of the abdominal and reproductive organs of women and men, the causes and symptoms of displaced organs which impacts the flow of blood, lymph, nerves, and chi. We will cover a variety of health issues and how to address them using the Arvigo® techniques. You will learn how to perform the Maya Abdominal Therapy on yourself.

This Level 1 Self Care Training also provides the required foundation for those licensed healthcare practitioners who may quality to enroll in a Level 2 Arvigo® Professional Training and become practitioners.

To register for this Self Care Course: www.arvigotherapy.com. For additional information, contact Connie Coker at 845-348-1525 or connie@sacredvesselcare.com

Completion of this Self Care course awards continuing education credits to some healthcare practitioners: NCBTMB for massage therapy: 17.5 CE hours, NCAAOM for acupuncture: 18 PDA points, MEAC for midwives: 17 Contact Hours

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Oct
2
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch - Introducing Solids

Is your baby trying to steal your lunch? Are they ready to eat or just exploring their surroundings? Come to our FREE event with Dr. Dardy Slavin to learn when, what and how to introduce solids to your baby.

Dardy is a chiropractor and certified birth doula specializing in treating pregnant women and children. In addition to being trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, she is Webster Technique certified, has attended the Spinning Babies workshop and taken breastfeeding counselor classes. Dr. Slavin has taken numerous nutrition classes and enjoys nourishing her family through food.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling.

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Sep
11
11:00 AM11:00

Potluck Brunch - Meet The Practitioners: MV Hospital OB/GYN

Come to the FREE VBC potluck to learn more about the model of care at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Meet some of the practitioners that care for women prenatally, during birth, and the postpartum period. Learn about the roles of the midwives and the physicians and what to expect if you become a patient in their care.

11 am - 1 pm every first Sunday of the month at the YMCA (Alex's Place) starting with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling.

Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Jun
5
11:00 AM11:00

Emotional Self-Care After Baby

Ideas and tools to find the positive whilst sleepless nights and multiple bad hair days presented by Laura Denman (MS, RD, CPH, HHC)

Laura is a holistic health coach. Her coaching practice has evolved into one that focuses heavily on self-love and self-care, with a dash of nutrition thrown in and a sprinkle of broad based spirituality. Her mission is to help men and women LOVE their lives and to find joy as opposed to feeling as though they are living the movie Groundhog Day.

VBC’s monthly potluck brunch starts with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Partners and infants are welcome.

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

"Walk with Me" Fitness and Fun

New FREE outdoor exercise event starting tomorrow! Pregnant women and moms with children (any age) in tow welcome. Bring your strollers and/or carriers to the state forest and spend an hour taking care of yourself.

We will walk the State Forest Loop. Meet at the Barnes Road parking lot (on the right after the Vineyard Tennis Center).

Please contact Kim with any questions. 508-687-9182, mvfamilycenter@hotmail.com

Sponsored by the MV Family Center

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May
10
10:00 AM10:00

"Walk with Me" Fitness and Fun

New FREE outdoor exercise event starting tomorrow! Pregnant women and moms with children (any age) in tow welcome. Bring your strollers and/or carriers to the state forest and spend an hour taking care of yourself.

We will walk the State Forest Loop. Meet at the Barnes Road parking lot (on the right after the Vineyard Tennis Center).

Please contact Kim with any questions. 508-687-9182, mvfamilycenter@hotmail.com

Sponsored by the MV Family Center

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May
1
11:00 AM11:00

Managing Anxiety During Pregnancy

Anxiety during pregnancy is more common than thought. Bodily changes are obvious but with anticipation of labor, delivery and becoming a parent anxiety often becomes part of the process. Learn how to recognize, address and reduce anxiety through breathing and guided visualization techniques.

Susan Desmarais is a counselor who specializes in working with women and families who experience miscarriage, neonatal death, medical termination of pregnancy, and stillbirth. After Susan retired from working as a bereavement counselor, she chose to offer this specialty, as it is dear to her heart.

VBC’s monthly potluck brunch starts with a 15-minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Partners and infants are welcome. For more information please email info@vineyardbirthcollective.org.

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Apr
3
11:00 AM11:00

Newborn Feeding and Soothing

Breastfeeding, bottle feeding and pumping. Presented by Joyce Capobianco (RN, MV Breastfeeding Network)
Baby wearing demos. Bring your carriers/wraps! Presented by Dr. Dardanella Slavin (Chiropractor)

VBC Potluck Brunch ~ Winter Series
A monthly potluck series offering a 15 minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.
info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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Mar
6
11:00 AM11:00

Meet the Doulas

Learn about our island doulas and what they do
Fallon Aiello, Kaila Allen-Posin, Meg Athearn, Hannah Beford, Lila Fischer, Elissa Lash, Dardanella Slavin

VBC Potluck Brunch ~ Winter Series
A monthly potluck series offering a 15 minute informational session followed by food and mingling. Partners and infants welcome. Please bring a dish to share.
info@vineyardbirthcollective.org

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