Did you know select Destination Maternity superstores have Learning Studios inside? (Find a location near you.) Our Learning Studios offer a great selection of pre- and postnatal fitness and educational classes for moms and moms-to-be.
Meet Christy Bunting-Hill at our Dallas, Texas A Pea in the Pod & Destination Maternity. We recently chatted with Christy about where her interests as a Postpartum Parent Educator began & why she loves working with moms-to-be in our Learning Studio as part of Belly & Beans Associates.
1. What do you love most about teaching classes to prenatal & postnatal moms?
It’s such an honor to empower expecting & new parents with confidence, support, encouragement, sleep & parenting tools. I love to see parents well rested & ready to tackle whatever may happen, feeling confidently supported by their inner strength developed through learning & postpartum support.
2. How did you come to teach this type of program & what is your background?
In 1994 as a university student, I began supporting executive families in Seattle by providing in-home postpartum care to help balance their parenting, home life, career expectations & social obligations.
After championing & supporting families for 15 years, I felt it was time to yield a BIGGER difference. The culmination of my studies, teaching background, curriculum development skills, postpartum experience & years of working with top executive leaders, cultivated my desire to develop a communicative, quality based continuity care program through a postpartum practice. Today, 21 years later as the Founder/CEO of Belly & Beans Associates, a Certified Advanced Newborn Care Specialist & Infant Sleep Consultant, I’ve provided thousands of hours of hands-on postpartum care, parent coaching, baby sleep coaching, teach & speak at countless locations & continue to write for parenting publications.
Our Belly & Beans Associates team & I are looking forward to witnessing the benefits our parenting program will create for expecting, new parents & caregivers through our partnership with Destination Maternity Corporation.
3. We understand that one of the major focuses of Belly & Beans Associates postpartum care practice is on sleep coaching. What do moms & moms-to-be enjoy most about the Healthy Sleep Teaching curriculum you offer?
Sleeping through the night & thriving during the day! We believe sleep teaching is the process of first securing a baby’s & family’s wellbeing. Next we teach parents effective bond supportive sleep teaching tools & responses. Then we begin teaching your baby life-long sleep based sensory processing & motor skills for the support of their unique personality & temperament.
4. What makes the Belly & Beans classes at Destination Maternity different than other classes offered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
Our goal is for your family to thrive, not just survive your postpartum experience. We witnessed a HUGE void in most parenting education: generally they are only centered on day classes, which up to 80% of parents can’t attend due to work commitments. In addition, these classes offer out of date curriculum, which has not been updated in the last 20 years… while our home lives have changed dramatically.
We asked ourselves: aren’t classes supposed to be fun, engaging & relevant? Shouldn’t I want to go to a class I paid for? Shouldn’t a class produce results? Shouldn’t class materials be egalitarian in 2014? We crafted our “BABYVERSITY” program with a resounding: “YES!”
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