Belly Bliss is a resource for women as they experience pregnancy, childbearing and early motherhood. “It’s amazing to support women through this transition,” says Lauren Williams, owner of Belly Bliss, now open in the Stanley Marketplace. “Some of our moms are having their third or fourth child. It’s really beautiful to go through this process with them.”
Belly Bliss opened in the Cherry Creek neighborhood in 2008 and offers prenatal fitness classes, “mommy and me” classes and toddler play. Childbirth education and parenting workshops are also offered, as well as services including massage, acupuncture and chiropractic.
Williams says creating connection is most important. “We create a community where women meet each other and discuss their experiences and feelings. Pregnancy and having small kids can be isolating because it’s harder to get out. Here women talk about the changes they are going through, like changes in their relationships with their partner and people at work. By sharing, they realize the changes are normal. First-time moms say the whole reason they come to class is to connect with other women.”
Williams began as a personal trainer and became interested in how women’s bodies change during pregnancy and the growth of their babies. She became a Lamaze educator and a doula, a Greek word meaning “woman helping woman.” A doula who takes care of a woman in labor is a “mother to the mother,” helping her emotionally throughout childbirth. “For me it’s about my love for women and families,” says Williams, the mother of two boys.
“What I’ve learned is there’s no right way to go through this. Moms put pressure on themselves to do everything perfectly, but there are many ways to get it done. Every woman and every child is different.”
Belly Bliss occupies 800 square feet on the second floor at Stanley Marketplace, across from the community work space. The Stanley location offers classes and workshops but not one-on-one services since the space is smaller than at Cherry Creek. Memberships and package prices are good at both locations.
For more information, visit www.bellybliss.org.