Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Seacoast Birth & Family Connection, but as always, the thoughts expressed are our own.
I distinctly remember the feeling I had when I first walked into Seacoast Birth & Family Connection to attend a Mommy Mingles event last fall. It was a sense of warmth from the people there, especially the center’s owner, Michelle Brewster. She made me feel welcome, despite being extremely busy with the event and other guests.
There is a sense of community among all of the businesses that are included under the Seacoast Birth & Family Connection umbrella that I truly cherish. That is why, after that visit, I chose them as a partner for my own business.
As a doula, I was not only looking for a space to hold classes, but for mentors in the mom and baby field to give me some guidance and support. Since becoming involved at this center, I have been overwhelmed with all of the thoughtful and valuable advice I received. The same level of detail and attention is put into all of the offerings at the center.
T he Back Story
Seacoast Birth & Family Connection started out as a Facebook page and developed into a physical location in 2014. The vision was to have a central location that would provide services and resources for all things mom, baby, and family. Located on Route 1 in North Hampton, the outside of the center looks like someone’s cozy home. The rustic barn and beautiful fields are the perfect backdrop for summertime events, like Bubble Palooza and Family Movie Night. Inside the building among the homey décor and comfortable couches, you will find multiple businesses that cater to young families. These include Diagnostic Ultrasound Suite, Mac Photography, Boston Baby Beginnings, Bumps and Babes LLC, and The Essence of Healthy Living. Almost two short years after opening, the center has certainly become that one-stop-shop that was originally envisioned.
At Diagnostic Ultrasound Suite, a 3D/4D Imaging Center and Pregnancy Spa, Jessica Borden provides an in-depth ultrasound experience while you enjoy the comfort of a spa- like atmosphere. She takes her time and helps you savor the experience of seeing your baby at any time or stage during your pregnancy. Jessica is an ARDMS board certified advanced ultrasound practitioner, specializing in Obstetrics and high-risk pregnancies, as well as other types of ultrasounds to meet many other needs like GYN, Abdominal, Liver and Kidney transplants, Genetic screening, and Doppler. Jessica’s ultrasound practice is a one of a kind ultrasound experience you will not soon forget.
MAC Photography, also owned by Michelle Brewster, captures your pregnancy and baby journey in the most stunning photos. The studio’s breathtaking work can be found lining the walls of Seacoast Birth & Family Connection. Specializing in pregnancy, newborn photos, and family portraits, MAC Photography is able to capture priceless moments in time that parents will absolutely treasure.
Check out Seacoast Moms Blog’s review of MAC Photography here.
Boston Baby Beginnings has all of your pregnancy and newborn education needs covered. Insurance reimbursable classes include Prenatal Yoga, Child and Infant CPR and First Aid, Newborn Care, Baby Basics, Breastfeeding 101 (which you’ll find me teaching!), Childbirth Education, and weekly mom and baby groups. One of my favorite things about Boston Baby Beginnings is the owner, Stacey Bunyar, a birth and postpartum doula who hires instructors who are all experienced in the baby world. Instructors have worked as Registered Nurses, Birth and Postpartum Doulas, Registered Dietitians, and Certified Lactation Counselors. In addition to classes in this location, they also have a location in Somerville, MA. If you prefer to learn in the comfort of your home, they even have an online childbirth education class or private classes just for you.
The Essence of Living Healthy provides education on how health and wellness can be enhanced through essential oils. Gina DellaPasqua holds frequent classes and “Make and Take” workshops to teach how to incorporate essential oils into your life. Her passion for her work is evident when you hear her speak about how essential oils improved her own health.
My business, Bumps and Babes, specializes in pregnancy, postpartum, and infant nutrition, and lactation, as well as postpartum doula services. As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor with years of experience, I am able to help women achieve their healthiest pregnancy and also support the entire family after baby arrives. I utilize the beautiful Seacoast Birth & Family Connection location to meet with clients and host events and workshops. I am passionate about teaching classes in the larger classroom and hosting mom groups in one of the cozy living rooms.
T he Events
In addition to the businesses providing services, there are numerous other events held throughout the year at the center. Follow Seacoast Birth & Family Connection on Facebook to stay in the know of what’s happening!
Mommy Mingles: You can come for an evening out to meet other moms, enjoy healthy snacks, and win some prizes, while learning about family-oriented businesses that may benefit their lives. These events are held every other month with a new theme. The two most recent Mommy Mingle themes were Prenatal and Newborn Wellness and Fitness and Health for Mom. Both were a huge hit as moms enjoyed trying out mini demos of different workouts from local fitness gurus, services from a chiropractor, and even hand massage with essential oils. Mommy Mingles events coming up later this year will include: Childcare and Education, Baby Basics, and Trendy Moms, a fun shopping night just in time for the holidays.
Networking Events: Seacoast Birth & Family Connection loves helping small business entrepreneurs! At a recent networking event held at the center, I was able to make some amazing connections with other businesses that will support my business, become a referral source, and gain insight from their experience.
Bubble Palooza 2016: Families can come dance to a DJ on the back lawn while more bubbles than your child can imagine float around them! This event includes vendors for food and kids activities, too. Bubble Palooza is happening August 18th!
Family Movies in the Barn: Come with a cozy blanket and watch a family movie under the stars! Coming in September.
Expansion is on the horizon as Seacoast Birth & Family Connection is looking for more family-focused businesses to join in providing exceptional services to Seacoast families. With the addition of new resources to the center, it will continue to be you one-stop-shop for all of your needs for pregnancy, baby, and beyond.