Questions, questions, and more questions! We’ve been asked a few more questions recently, so we thought we would take another chance for a quick blog post to answer them for everyone. We’re always to answer more questions if you leave them in the comments, too!
Is Mama Cafe only for moms who are breastfeeding? What about moms who are bottle feeding?
When we first opened, we had a goal of having a free community support group for breastfeeding mothers where they could come and get their pressing questions answered, meet other moms, as well as other unexpectedly wonderful things. Part of the reason for the was to support the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, which calls for community breastfeeding groups to exist. The other reason was that we knew that there was a huge need for weekly consistent support for breastfeeding.
While we don’t have any policies for not allowing breastfeeding moms in the group, we do have a focus on supporting breastfeeding. That’s the main emphasis of the group, so we help moms understand the normal process of breastfeeding and encourage them to find ways to meet their breastfeeding goals. Right now, because of the amount of time we already spend every week on everything else, we don’t have any time right now to add another group that’s a more broad new mom group. We do have plans for other groups in the future, but we think doing one free support group a week is doing pretty good.
Can I join an existing Lamaze series part way through? Is there a way to make up for the other classes?
Whenever families have to miss classes, we do our very best to have a couple of options for other dates that they can attend. Usually, we can offer 2 different dates, which is pretty great! And for families that might need to jump in to the middle of a series, they are completely welcome to finish a series and then start the next series to get the rest of the material. The only trick is that we need to manually add them into the series, so it’s necessary to call or email to register mid-series.
Do you allow nursing students to sit in on your class? How about certifying doulas?
Absolutely! As long as I have been teaching, I have had nursing students sit in on my hospital classes. We do restrict the number of people observing any one class to just one, so we do ask student nurses (and doulas) to be respectful, show up on time, and participate in class appropriately. There is a small materials fee that covers the cost of printing, snacks, etc. And we do ask that students remember that they are there representing their college or doula program, so poor behavior reflects poorly not only in our eyes, but the parents’ eyes as well.
Anything else you want to know? Leave your questions in the comments below, and we’ll reply!