I have been serving expectant and new families for over fifteen years and have only grown in my love for this work over that time. I began as a doula, childbirth educator and infant ASL instructor, earning certifications from DONA, PALS, ICEA and Sign2Me. I later moved into sleep consulting and birth consulting using an eclectic approach based on my extensive experience. I also offer infant parenting support through in-person classes or virtual coaching. My passion is enabling parents to embark on their birth and parenting journey with confidence and joy rather than uncertainty and fear. I seek to introduce my clients to strategies that are not only easily implemented but also customizable to match their priorities, philosophies and needs. Sleep consulting, birth consulting and infant parenting support are offered virtually, allowing you to receive assistance in the comfort of your own home. Infant parenting classes are in-person on the eastside.
Infant Parenting Classes
Infant parenting classes help new families establish a confident foundation from which to parent their children. This is accomplished by providing new parents with strategies to parent their infants capably.
Topics covered usually include feeding, awake time, sleep and naps, and learning to assess and meet baby’s needs. New parents will be given the tools to read their infant’s cues, establish routines if that is important to them, and embark on parenthood with certainty and joy rather than confusion and fear.
Classes typically meet for 4-8 weeks and often allow nursing infants to attend with the parents.
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Lesli Desai is a Clinical Social Worker providing individual, couples, and family therapy. By encouraging curiosity and self-compassion, she works to empower clients – reaching out for help is a sign courage, not weakness. Courage can be defined as “the willingness to show up and risk being seen, without knowing what will happen” (Brene Brown). With courage, comes strength, hope, and authenticity--ultimately a life you can be proud to live.
Insurance taken: Premera and First Choice
At Northwest Hospital, our expert medical staff includes many providers who offer obstetric services, including obstetrician/gynecologists and midwives.
Motherhood is an incredible adventure, and your labor and delivery is just the beginning. As you begin your journey, we want you to know that our staff is here for you every step of the way. Our team has traveled this journey with mothers and families many times before, but we recognize that each family is special and your experience is unique.
Gentle Cesarean - A gentle cesarean enables you to share many of the same experiences as mothers who have non-cesarean births. Unlike a typical cesarean where a mother is unable to see her baby until after the delivery, we offer you the opportunity to witness the moment of your baby’s birth through a clear drape, and to have skin-to-skin contact following the birth while still in the operating room.
Nitrous Oxide - In addition to other pain management options, we are pleased to offer nitrous oxide as another choice for pain relief during labor.
VBAC - Many mothers who have had previous cesarean births may want to have a vaginal delivery with their next child. The Northwest Hospital Childbirth Center is happy to support vaginal birth after cesarean, but we encourage you to speak with your provider to discuss the risks and benefits of this option, and to develop a birth plan that best meets your needs.
Neonatology - Northwest Hospital has neonatologists available 24 hours a day. The Childbirth Center at Northwest Hospital includes a Level II Special Care Nursery available for any infants who need additional care or observation.
LDRP - Northwest Hospital pioneered the concept of labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care in a single birthing suite. Today, our suites are designed to support your entire birth experience and ensure that you are able to share it with family and friends in whatever way you choose. Each suite is equipped with:
- Specially designed beds for laboring, recovery and rest
- 24-hour access to Jacuzzi tubs and suites equipped with either a Jacuzzi or full-size shower
- Fold-out beds for your support person
- Free wi-fi internet access
- Flat-screen TV
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