Exercise and movement promoting flexibility can make such a difference in how you feel during pregnancy, how your labor develops, and in your recovery. One of my own favorite forms of exercise during my pregnancies was yoga. My hips always felt better and I could tell I moved better when I was practicing regularly.
While my usual MO for yoga was a video, we have amazing prenatal yoga options here in Indy. Mimi Sosa with YogaGarden is one I wish I’d know about then. She teaches prenatal yoga in Broad Ripple and also at IU North and a mommy and baby yoga class too! You can find more details on her class on her Facebook page.
Mimi is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance and, according to her bio, studied with Rolf Gates, Paul Grilley, Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, and Tias Little. She is certified in prenatal yoga through Lisa Matkin and Sarah Longacre. She has been teaching prenatal yoga and mommy and baby yoga for the last 15 years and regular yoga classes for 18 years. She’s also a DONA certified doula like me and an all around really great person!
One of the big benefits to taking a prenatal yoga class over staying home in front of your TV, is that you get to meet other new moms-to-be. Having some connections and maybe new friends in the world of motherhood before baby arrives is a good thing. Check out Mimi’s class, the next sessions will be starting mid-February, gain some flexibility, some peace of mind, and maybe some new friends!
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Leah Severson of Leah Severson Portraits and learn a little more about her. She serves the Indianapolis community from her studio in Westfield and is an amazing photographer! Here is a little more about her and some examples of her beautiful newborn work. If you are looking for someone to take fabulous photos of your family at any stage, you can’t go wrong with Leah! As a doula, I'm often asked for names of various services for new families and I always feel very confident passing on her info.
Can you tell us a little about your background?
I have a degree in journalism and worked in television news for about 12 years, including locally at WTHR.
How did you develop an interest in photography?
My love for photography was born when I had my first baby. I took thousands of pictures of her - and that was back when I had to buy film and pay to have it developed. My little hobby nearly bankrupted us! But as my skill grew, others started asking me to take pictures of their babies and children. My hobby eventually started paying for itself, and then it grew to the point where I was able to quit my job and open a studio.
What type of photography do you offer now?
I currently offer maternity and baby photography, children's photography, family portraits, senior portraits, and boudoir photography.
What are your favorite parts of maternity and newborn shoots?
My favorite part of my maternity shoots is just seeing the interaction between mom and dad. It's such a sweet time. And the newborn shoots? That's easy! I get to hold the babies! My babies are nearly grown-ups now, so it's wonderful to get to love on those little ones.
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Adina Nelson, CD(DONA)
I am a birth & postpartum doula and chlidbirth educator practicing in North Idaho.
She was there every step of the way for me and my husband...I thank Adina for everything she helped us with. She truly is a special person and we will be forever grateful for her! ~Erin