babyREADY has always been committed to helping families grow and evolve
I am Sam (she/her) and I have been the face of babyREADY, working with families as they grow and change, since 1998. I am the mother of two amazing men, step-mom to a great teenager and wife to the most wonderful woman. My work is now focused primarily within the LGBTQ+ community and through pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, & postpartum information and support services. It is my goal to make every experience the best it can be.
What Do I do?
Are you READY to get started on your journey to expanding your family? Do you know what you need to know? Where do you start?
My role is to offer consultation services that help guide you on your way. I will help give you an idea as to what you will need to know, who you may want to communicate with, what organizations will be able to help you.
If you are local to me then I can do a lot of this in person and I can help you take this to the next level. If you are not local to me then I will connect you with allies in your community so that you have the resources available to you that you need.
Whether you are hoping to become pregnant, breast/chest/body feed your baby, adopt a child or hire a surrogate, I have a connection for you to help make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
This is meant to be a joy-filled time in your life and I want to be able to help ensure that it is.
While there are some non-LGBTQ+ people looking for these services, my resources are primarily focused towards LGBTQ+ identifying individuals or allies.
Regular, in-person connections
If you are interested in childbirth preparation that covers all of the basics and is ALSO queer-focused then I have the class for you. I offer the same content as is found in traditional childbirth education seminars and I cover all of the basics.
Beyond that though, my sessions are about the people in the group. It is my goal to ensure that the classes are fun, engaging, interactive and honest. I want to give you a chance to celebrate and honour what makes you unique, what makes your family shine!
It is my focus and goal to help you receive the information you need in order to make the right and best decisions for you to have the safest, happiest and healthiest birth possible. At the same time I want to create an atmosphere and opportunity where you can meet other queer families who are embarking on the same journey as you. This is a chance for you to form bonds in the community with families that look like yours.
I want to offer a class where we can focus on the specific experiences that members of the LGBTQ+ community may have that might differentiate from other classes offered. The focus in most childbirth preparation is on heterosexual norms and while I understand that, you deserve for me to respect where you are coming from without compromising any of the important information needed to help you prepare for the birth of your baby.
I offer a series of prenatal classes for LGBTQ+ people, couples, and families.
Additionally I am excited to be adding a variety of programs with an additional focus on questions and concerns that arise in advance of beginning the conception process. I work collaboratively with Naturopathic Doctors, Psychotherapists, Midwives, Holistic Nutritionists and more to ensure that I offer programming that meets the needs and concerns of all participants.
PLEASE NOTE: my classes are open and welcoming to ALL expectant parents - LGBTQ+, Single Parent, Opposite Sex Parents, etc. Anyone who attends with specific questions about pregnancy, birth and parenting will have their questions addressed and answered.
While I have taught classes and run workshops all around the GTA, these days my classes are typically focused in the west end, easily accessible to those in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Stoney Creek, Brantford, Guelph, Milton, Grimsby, Mississauga and beyond. Class locations are Burlington, Thornhill and Oakville.
"if you are not free to be yourself in that most important of all human activities ... the expression of love ... then life itself loses its meaning"
Burlington, ON L7P 1L3
Separate from our babyREADY page on Facebook, I have also created an LGBTQ+ parenting support network on Facebook.
Look us up under: LGBTQ+ Parents Burlington Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe