Michelle Hardy, MSed, ICCE, ICBD, ICPD, IAT-CE-BD-PD, LC
Mothering the Mother, Inc.
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Mothering the Mother currently offers comprehensive childbirth education classes geared towards families who plan on birthing in a hospital setting. Our classes are unique because families can choose to take the entire series to become fully educated, or they can pick and choose classes that meet their needs. This option is particularly useful for families who have had a previous baby and just need a refresher, or for families who have taken classes elsewhere, but feel their classes were not comprehensive and they need more, or for families who know exactly what they want to learn about and do not want all of the extra information that comes with taking a full series. Classes are currently being offered virtually, so families can learn from the comfort of their own homes without fear of contracting COVID, but as the pandemic starts to subside classes will also be available in person.
Mothering the Mother also offers lactation services in various forms. Families can receive free help via email, and/or can choose one of the paid options such as phone support, virtual support, or in person either in the office or in their home.
Mothering the Mother occasionally has availability for birth and postpartum doula clients, but availability is extremely limited because Michelle travels the United States training others to become birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, and more. If you are looking for a doula you can consider contacting us. If we aren’t available we will help you find a doula that fits your needs.
At Mothering the Mother we believe everyone who wants and needs education and/or support should have access to it, so if you have a special circumstance please consider contacting us. If we cannot meet your needs we will do the best we can to connect you with someone who can.
Michelle's interest in working in the birth field began in 2001 when she was pregnant with her 7th child (she now is the happy mother to 9, and a grandmother). After that birthing experience Michelle knew that birth could be better and the seed was planted. In 2003 she became a doula assisting families at their births, but specialized in working with teen and low income families. In 2005 she decided to add to her skill set and certified as a Hypnotherapist, and in 2006 she became a licensed massage therapist. She worked for herself, but knew she wanted to do more for her community, so in 2010 she started Mothering the Mother Incorporated - a nonprofit organization that served all families (catering especially to the underserved population).
In 2014 she was invited to joint the International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA) as a trainer. She started to travel the United States training individuals who want to become birth doulas, postpartum doulas, childbirth educators and who want to learn more about early lactation. In 2015 she joined the ICEA Board of Directors, and is still sitting on that board today (Michelle is currently the Director the Doula Programs, Chair for the Postpartum Doula Program, and Chair for the Mentorship Program. Previously, she was the Treasurer and Director of Communication and Public Policy).
Michelle currently holds a license as teacher and massage therapist in Wisconsin, and has certifications and/or advanced training as a breastfeeding counselor, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, prenatal and postnatal massage therapist, infant massage therapist, prenatal and postpartum fitness educator and hypnotherapist.
Payment plans, and sliding scale available for those in need.
Certifying Organization(s): International Childbirth Education Association, Childbirth International, Still Birthday
Other certifications, diplomas, trainings, etc.:
Other types of birthwork: Birth doula, Postpartum doula, Lactation support