• provide guidance, encouragement, support and comfort during labor and birth
  • advocate for you during your hospital/birth center stay
  • make 1  follow-up visit/multiple calls/texts after your birth to check on you, your partner and the baby  regarding your care and recovery, breastfeeding, postpartum support and answer any worries or concerns 
  • invite you to join the Recently Delivered Ladies group which provides  16 weeks / (4 months) of weekly group
  • be a resource for you as you start out as parents, helping you create a  community of support  with other mothers & fathers/partners going ​ through your same initiation into parenthood.

A Little Bit of Preparation Goes A Long, Long Way...

  • provide 24/7 phone availability during pregnancy and postpartum
  • schedule 1-2 visits before delivery to learn about you, educate on labor, comfort techniques, labor positions, resources,  postpartum support systems postpartum recovery, managing extended family, exploring current stressors, and understanding day of roles
  • explore your body history and present and design balance, lengthening, and stretching activities to facilitate optimal fetal positioning and pregnancy comfort
  • explore your current diet and discuss healthy dietary changes during pregnancy and into  breastfeeding
  • create birth notes / plan  with you and your partner to facilitate good conversation with practitioner and your day of nurse

•Keep both parents involved  
•Deal with conflict successfully  
 * Next training retreats in the Spring of 2017!

No classes offered until Spring 2017!

for  Couples Coaching

Fee: $180/individual; $250/couples
Holistic Expectations  Childbirth  Education Classes
A six week class that provides general information about  pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.  This is also an opportunity to begin your community building with people just like you and put good support in place for this big transition. Participants will learn about local resources including lactation, bodywork, food preparation, night nursing/support, and pediatricians. Parents will learn: 
Fee: $1,500 

David M. Moore, LCSW ​
Individual, Couples, & Family Therapy
​Studies show that most marriages with challenges end approximately two years after the arrival of a child. I would be willing   to bet that most of us have never evaluated our communication style, family of origin issues, or current marital stressors.   And for some of us, we are nearing the end of our marital rope! Sometimes, we are beyond communication tools, sometimes   the issues are too severe for coaching alone. Being proactive about where you are and what you want out of this experience   and learning about your partner and their needs is a crucial piece of making and keeping a happy marriage and family. ​David M. Moore LCSW provides individual, couples and family therapy for new parents or parents to be struggling with   gridlock, trauma, anxiety, lack of intimacy etc.  Services include single sessions, weekend workshops and retreats. ​ www.davidmooretherapy.com / 713.956.2662

  • a history of birth - what happened to birth in our cultural history? and what do we need to re-learn?
  • good nutrition and the role of food in healthy pregnancy
  • bodywork & exercises during pregnancy for comfort and optimal fetal positioning (critical to good birth!)
  • finding the right OBgyn or midwife and hospital/birth center/home location for you
  • exploring the "new baby" consumer - do we really need all that stuff out there? A simplistic approach
  • what is the pregnant body?  hormones, weight, new chemistry and all the physical changes going on!
  • managing the notorious "pain" of labor and delivery - all your ancestors did it and you can too, if you want
  • how to incorporate the BIG TOOLS of labor: relaxation, meditation, visualization, breathing & movement
  • the basic physiology of birth (what it looks like, feels like, how to ID stages)
  • about birth plans or preferences and how to build them to empower your birth team
  • breastfeeding with a certified lactation consultant (BABES) to discuss positions, proper latch, feedings etc.
  • how to install your baby car seat correctly, hands-on help with installation
  • procedures & policies for you and baby in the hospital; vaccinations, circumcision,  etc.
  • the first few weeks home; setting up a support system and utilizing community resources and managing extended family ​&  marital stressors with the transition to parenthood (BBH)
Fee: $250 / couple
Doula Support/Services (prenatal, labor and postpartum) 
It has been proven through repeated studies, that women who have support from another woman during labor experience faster, more effective, less stress laden births.  And the partners of those women experience a more meaningful, constructive connection to the laboring mother as they are guided and informed about what is going on and how to offer support. As your doula, I will:

Whole Mothers, Whole Births, Healthy Families

Fee: $90/session 

for  Upcoming Events

"Sometimes we stare so long at the door that is closing
              that we see too late the one that has opened."
                                             -  Alexander Graham Bell

Where do you want to start?

Recently Delivered Ladies (Breastfeeding & Bonding Group) 
This group is made up of women who have recently given birth with me.  It gathers at my home on Tuesday afternoons, 12pm-2pm to explore breastfeeding, babywearing, soothing techniques, newborn sleep, marital stressors, nutrition, postpartum exercise, pediatricians, vaccinations, back to work worries and just about everything else going on during the first 4 months. Though there is a lot of education going on, the main purpose of the group is community and relationship building. Mothers and their babies are present and many go on to meet up outside of class time. Graduating groups (at 4 month marker) meet with me to work out logistics of continuing their group meetings on their own with their fellow graduates. Many, many, many of the groups remain close and active two-three years after first meeting! 


                                              Bringing Baby Home: A Crash Course for Expectant Parents Workshop 

                                               Prepare yourself for life with your baby and discover how to be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive
                                               environment with a trained facilitator, learn how to strengthen your relationship with your partner and foster your baby's  
                                               development during this new and challenging time in your life.  Create a caring and nurturing atmosphere in your home and  
​                                               learn to cope with conflict in a positive way. This workshop, developed by renowned relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie   Gottman, helps to prepare you for the most important and rewarding job you will ever have, raising a child.  Learn how to:

                                        •Stay connected with your partner

                                        •Strengthen your friendship, intimacy and
​                                           conflict regulation skills

                                        •Interact with your baby in a positive way

Holistic Expectations Couples Coaching  is my way of providing good tools for you and your partner to navigate the world of new baby, the postpartum and a life of family-ing with safety for all.  I am certified in both Bringing Baby Home (2010) and The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (2016).  I will be attending Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy (RLT) Training this October and plan to blend that in as well. I use these curriculums as well as my doula training and experience to provide a road map for couples to follow during our one-on-one sessions together.  The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is our main curriculum and the culmination of Dr. Gottman’s lifelong work: an overview of the concepts, behaviors and skills that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship.  Straightforward in its approach, yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this book teach partners new and startling strategies for making their relationship/marriage work. Dr. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married and committed couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of relationships on the rocks. He helps couples focus on each other, on paying attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.
Packed with questionnaires and exercises whose effectiveness has been proven in Dr. Gottman’s
workshops, this is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.

Interested couples should schedule an initial session for goodness of fit - even former doula clients!
All couples work from the  
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work text during our
time together. If this all seems too scary, don't worry! It can be helpful to jump start your
journey by attending a 7 Principles Workshop or Retreat before starting couples coaching. 

It's never too late to change your course - together!