Prenatal & Postnatal Support

Bend’s prenatal classes and prenatal workshops focus on helping women feel physically better throughout pregnancy, prepare for delivery, and build a community for those who attend. Our postnatal classes and postnatal workshops emphasize helping mamas feel stronger and help address any physical issues they may have after pregnancy and delivery.

Most of our instructors have babies of their own, and/or attend births with our clients and are able to provide guidance on the delivery process.

Bend also offers classes for expectant couples and workshops for expectant couples to help them understand what to expect during labor, and how partners can be active and supportive during the process.

More Resources for Moms, Families and Children in Charlottesville and nearby areas

Body Work

Atlas Chiropractic – Dr. Evan Durrer is a chiropractor at Atlas Chiropractic in Charlottesville. Evan is Webster Technique certified and worked in the largest family and pediatric practice in the Atlanta area during his schooling. Evan was born and raised in Charlottesville and moved back to the community last year to help families in his hometown experience a better quality of life with chiropractic care.

Aqua Float – Floating: imagine the perfect epsom salt bath times 1000 – literally! Floating allows you to float completely in blissful silence, without gravity, which allows your entire body and mind to breathe a deep sigh of relief. As your body decompresses in the magnesium-rich water, your fight-or-flight response gets a chance to kick back and relax as your body generates endorphins naturally, which leads to a deeply refreshing mood boost that can last for days!  Aqua Float now offers pre and postnatal massage as well – BEND clients receive 10% off floats and massage!

Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts – High quality massage and craniosacral therapy with special focus on medical massage, prenatal and postpartum massage, recovery from birth, and parent education; craniosacral therapy for babies and play sessions to regulate the nervous system; trauma resolution for adults

Common Ground Healing Arts – Offers sliding scale acupuncture, massage, meditation and yoga at their downtown studio and in the community. This nonprofit’s goal is to reduce health disparities among income levels by making evidenced-based health services accessible, culturally appropriate and affordable while creating a vehicle for education on self‐care, wellness and prevention.

Fire & Water – Therapeutic Massage & Thai Healing Arts –   Over a decade’s experience providing therapeutic massage, traditional Thai massage, and skin-care services in a serene space in Charlottesville’s Warehouse District.  Special focus on the changing needs of pre- and post-natal moms and their support system.  Pre-natal massage on the table using special bolstering and support; pre-natal Thai on the mat with hand-made steamed herbal compresses; all-natural Thai facial – a pure feast for the senses.

Hara Studio – Energy healing for individuals and children

Riley Koren Massage – Riley has been working as a massage therapist in Chicago for 9 years, and just moved to the Staunton/Charlottesville area with her family. She uses Shiatsu acupressure points to supplement her oil massage sessions, and relies on a thorough understanding of anatomy to work with specific muscular issues. Riley also has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, and roots her massage practice in a compassionate awareness of the mind-body connection. She tailors each massage to the client’s unique physical and emotional needs. As a mom herself, she particularly enjoys helping other women to find relief from the many challenges of pregnancy and new motherhood.

Riley is offering a new client special rate:
$50 for your first 60-minute in-home massage
$70 for your first 90-minute in-home massage
Riley’s normal rate is $70 for a 60-minute in-home massage and $90 for a 90-minute in-home massage.
Call 773-308-5304 to schedule.

Prax Chiropractic – Dr. Jennifer Prax is a Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor who has been specializing in the care of pediatrics and pregnancy exclusively since 1996. Her practice has a strong focus on the care of peri-natal women offering massage and low-force adjustment techniques including The Webster Technique commonly recognized for facilitating optimal in-utero baby positioning.  Mother’s report more comfortable pregnancies and progressive labors while receiving regular chiropractic care in her office and for conditions such as sciatica, neck pain, headache, pubic joint, back and hip pains. Parents bring their newborns to her for conditions such as breastfeeding issues, colic, reflux, plagiocephaly (flattening of the skull bones), decreased neck movement and infantile torticollis for her effective and gentle chiropractic techniques with CranioSacral Therapy.  You can find her at 300 Hickman Road, Suite 301 or (434) 977-5433

Somatic Cville – Shiatsu, Restorative Yoga, Coaching the Unconcious Mind, Postural Alignment, Baby Shiatsu. Mention bend for $30 off your first session. To book and for more info: (646) 671-7572 or

Fertility Support

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is a guide and mentor who empowers you and provides ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness.

Kiki Hocking, MATs, RYT – reiki, crystal healings, & intuitive guidance focused on fertility.  (434)806-6391

Prenatal Support/Education

bend’s Birth Partner prep class for labor – couples will focus on breathing techniques, postures, gentle holding that couples can use during labor; second Monday of each month.

Birth Matters – Birth Matters Virginia is a state-wide organization dedicated to improving the culture of birth in Virginia by promoting an evidence-based model of maternity care and supporting care providers who practice “mother-friendly care

Bradley Natural Childbirth Classes – By taking classes in The Bradley Method of natural childbirth, you will learn about: Prenatal nutrition & exercise; Relaxation for an easier birth; Husbands as coaches; Birth plans and more! Visit and search by zip code to find local teachers Whitney Athayde, Christine Guarnera, or April Wang.

Bright Birthing – We provide compassionate and skilled presence in support of peaceful, conscious childbirth and parenting. Every pregnancy deserves the support of resources and reassurance. Through childbirth preparation, guidance during your birthing and support in the postpartum time, our goal is bringing calm and groundedness to your experience.

Charlottesville (C’ville) Midwifery: Kelly Sicoli, CNM, is an experienced home birth midwife, providing comprehensive, personalized, and holistic prenatal and​ home birth care and well woman care to women and families of Charlottesville, Crozet, and the surrounding areas of Central Virginia. Also offering preconception visits, nutrition counseling, lactation support, and family planning services.

Charlottesville Doulas – Charlottesville Doulas provides information about independent birth and postpartum doulas serving the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. We welcome you to explore our members’ bios and individual websites to learn more about our services for expecting and new parents.

Wild Rose Doula Care , Hannah Shaughnessy-Mogill. (248)860-4829

Beyond Birth Support, Sara Reimold,, (434)521-8005

Meredith Doula Services

Maggie Williams Birth Photographer and Doula

Nine Moons Midwifery, Debbie Wong, Midwife and Birth Doula

Kayla Roberson,  Birth Doula 540-241-2032

One Gentle Beginning – Sarah Davis is a CPM and a natural childbirth educator.  She provides birth doula services to clients within 30 minutes of Cville along with comprehensive childbirth education, nutrition counseling, and breastfeeding support.

Postnatal Support/Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Blues & Bliss – Lactation support for mothers.  Lou is here every Friday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm for a FREE lactation support group.

Cville Moms of Twins – Local Facebook page for parents of twins

Caitlin Kelly, PC, ATR-BC – Postpartum mental health therapist

Mama Baby Task Force MHI has created a Mama Baby Task Force to address disparities in perinatal mortality facing women of color. While our scope is global, our offices are based in Charlottesville, VA where black women and babies die at disproportionate rates to white mothers and babies.

Martha Jefferson Welcome to Motherhood support group –  Join us to share the ups and downs of this challenging time. Plan to bring your baby and relax with new friends who understand what being a new mother is all about. Registration is not required for this free support group. Welcome to Parenthood group is open to both moms and dads, 2nd Saturdays 10:30-12.  Our education room is located on the 3rd Floor of the Outpatient Care Center, across the street from Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Month 10 Postpartum Doula Services – Professional postpartum doula services in your home following delivery

Postpartum Support Virginia – Postpartum Support Virginia provides hope and help to women and their families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).  Great online information about local services.

UVA Breastfeeding Medicine Program –

In-Hospital Consultations: Our lactation consultants visit with every new mother after delivery. We also offer lactation support to all moms and babies coping with breastfeeding difficulties. Our NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) provides support to families on a variety of breastfeeding issues unique to NICU babies. We also provide follow-up phone calls to all breastfeeding moms for ongoing support.

Our services are offered seven days a week.

Outpatient Follow-up Visits: For personal breastfeeding issues, including:

  • Evaluation of latch and milk intake
  • Help with increasing milk supply
  • Management of breast refusal or nipple confusion
  • Evaluation of nipple and breast pain
  • Treatment for plugged ducts, engorgement, mastitis and sore nipples
  • Evaluation and treatment of tongue tie
  • Management for slow weight gain
  • Support for complex breastfeeding issues

Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry  (Tongue Tie Issues) – frenectomy procedures for babies with tongue and lip ties that impair successful and comfortable breastfeeding. Frenectomy procedures are achieved with a C02 laser which are quick and do not require anesthesia.

The Women’s Initiative – Individual and community counseling for women, based on sliding fee scale.  Refer to their website for on-going support groups.

Mission – The mission of The Women’s Initiative is to provide women with effective counseling, social support and education so they can transform life challenges into positive change and growth.

Vision – All women in our community will have access to innovative, effective, evidence-based mental health care.

Values -We believe every woman has an innate capacity for healing that, once uncovered and directed, results in better mental and physical health. We believe it is critical to address each woman’s unique emotional, physical and spiritual needs.


Alpha Hearts – Alpha Hearts is an experienced, certified, and compassionate life coaching service that is thrilled to offer birth mothers and/or their partners support during the prenatal and postnatal periods. Run by Krupa B, Alpha Hearts can provide the following services: emotional wellness strategies in the event of pregnancy complications; 1) techniques for managing delivery pain and fear; 2) personalized sound bath, meditation, and mantra recordings; 3) a safe space to process any birth trauma; 4) individualized action plans for developing a new routine that will serve both mother and baby in the days and weeks after birth;. 5) strategies for handling the relationship changes a new baby brings; 6) unique one-on-one partner support before and after delivery; 7) identification and elimination of circumstances that could lead to postpartum depression; 8) assistance in developing a long-term support team (from housekeepers to caregivers); 9) tips for maintaining your own identity after birth; 10) newborn numerology—to help you get to know your little one on a whole new level!—and so much more. By utilizing a unique blend of hypnotherapy, talk therapy, neuro linguistic programming, mantra and meditation, breathing exercises, and numerology, the mission of Alpha Hearts is to support the physical, metal, and spiritual changes a mother and her partner encounter before, during, and after childbirth. Alpha Hearts offers one-on-one, partner, and family in-person, phone, or Facetime support. Visit for more information and to set up your 30-minute introductory consultation with Krupalini!

Cramer Photo – Children, family, documentary photography – Sarah has been shooting our photographs for years, most of which you can see on our website.,

bend special rate for all three shoots:
Pregnancy photos (up to 30 minutes studio or on location) $450 value
Hospital visit (up to 30 minutes) $450 value
Newborn session (up to an hour) $750 value
Normal total $1650
bend special rate: $1100
($550 discount)
*you get the rights to enjoy all the photos edited and ready for print

Derriere de Soie – Derriere de Soie is dedicated to providing quality and luxury undergarments, sleepwear, loungewear, and swimwear from brands ranging from small, unique designers to larger companies that have been favorites for generations. They have a range of maternity bras, underwear and sleepwear that will fit you throughout your pregnancy and beyond, stop in for a personalized fitting

Dinner at Home -New parents are our most frequent recipients of gift cards. What better way to help out growing families than by taking away the stress of grocery shopping and making dinner.

Meals for Moms is a special program within our longstanding PREPARED MEALS service. We off offer fresh, healthy, family friendly meals sure to please everyone at the table. As part of our goal to help growing families, we’ve partnered with BEND YOGA to offer additional promotions available only to BEND clients –free first delivery on any sized order and free delivery on all orders over $100.

The Hip Joint – The Hip Joint, Dance and Yoga Apparel specializes in fitting people of all ages and sizes in shoes, clothing and accessories for the movement arts, as well as carrying fun, movement inspired fashion. 110 2nd Street NE, 434-971-6888

The Juice Place – A locally-owned shop serving fresh, made-to-order juices, smoothies, and vegetarian food. Mamas-to-be love our fresh ginger shots and we love our mamas and our tiniest customers! Pregnancy Pineapple: 25% off Sweet Green smoothies after 39 weeks. Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, which can help induce labor naturally.

Juice Place customers – bring in your receipt and bend will give you $1 off your next class

Little Planets – 10% off any of our Spring Series sessions, Open Play passes, and childcare days. Code: BEND10

O’Suzannah – Gifts and goodies for all ages, with a large selection of bags, wallets, and stationery for mamas and books, toys, and clothing for babies and toddlers. 114 4th Street N.E., 434.979.746

PLENTY – Custom meal service for new families – Della will work within dietary restrictions, uses local fresh ingredients, and offers home delivery.  Great option for new parents!! $20 off first order over $100 for bend clients.

rock paper scissors – offering both modern and traditional design in baby shower invitations, birth announcements, family holiday cards, stationery and more; plus planners for busy moms, keepsake photo albums, baby’s first book, cards, gift wrap, ribbon, and other useful organizational accessories.  RPS offers bend mamas 20% off birth announcements – ask for envelope at the studio!

Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar – Locally owned tea house and restaurant on the Downtown Mall; Gwendolyn blends our Pregnancy Tea for us.

Virginia Discovery Museum – The Virginia Discovery Museum brings young children and families together to engage minds, excite imaginations and explore the world around them. VDM offers hands-on programs, exhibits, camps and events geared to children ages 1-10

Zen Bride Yoga – Be present, grounded and energized for your big day! Your wedding is about you and your love, but it’s also a whirlwind of last minute details, family, and emotions. Wedding yoga lets you take a break, get centered, and focus on what’s most important – the union of love with your soul mate and connecting to those around you. Open your heart, have some stress-free fun and face the rest of the day with a peaceful yoga glow! Be a Zen Bride!

* Looking for anti-burst balls and bolsters,  like the ones we use at studio? We have them for SALE, just ask.

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