South Pomfret, Vermont
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The Nest: A Postpartum Supportive Circle

A nurturing space for humans (mother, birth parent, caregiver, etc.) and their newborn.

These sessions integrate individual structured reflection time with group dialogue in support of connection to the new self and community. Support is provided around the postpartum body, home-based care, lactation/feeding, newborn soothing and development, babywearing, and in available community resources.

Drawing on the philosophies of Birthing From Within and Innate Traditions, each session will be one hour long. There will be plenty of time to just arrive and get settled. We’ll transition from natural group dialogue into presence in our space. The offered exercises will integrate journaling, art, and different meditation techniques. Participants are asked to bring a journal and a blanket to lay on the floor for their baby. Nourishing herbal tea provided.

This space is welcoming and affirming to LGBTQIA+, black and brown participants, and non-traditional family structures. Our approach is trauma informed and safety is our primary focus. 

We can host up to 8 participants with their newborns in a way that allows for social distancing. Masks are encouraged while indoors.

Pre-registration is required. The class will run if we have at least three participants.

Learn more about the facilitators, Katie and Zena, at their websites: and

Zena Mackwood is a Full Spectrum Doula and Babywearing Consultant through DONA International, Birthing from Within, and Center for Babywearing Studies. Before nearly full-time parenting, Zena’s personal education and work focused around experiential and outdoor environmental education for the National Park Service and Boston University. Zena is interested in creating spaces for new families and parents, providing space for self-reflection, art, practical knowledge around caring for a young human, and building lasting community.

Katie Williams’  foundation in the healing arts began with training as a registered nurse, rooted in a maternal-child framework through a community and home care paradigm with a trauma-focused approach. My training as a holistic practitioner and birth keeper is dynamic and continuously evolving. Katie is certified as an INNATE provider, Lactation Counselor (CLC) and a Birthing From Within (BFW) mentor. After many blessed and profound experiences at the bedside, attending birth, my practice is now shifting towards the prenatal and postpartum time.