I’m Jess Ahlum...
As an infant developmental specialist, my passion is helping families feel emotionally healthy through the application of Attachment Science.
Enroll in the Parenting Essentials Package
Save $25 when you bundle the Tummy Time and Infant Massage classes
Prepare for the magic of childbirth and immediate newborn bonding, through my compilation of “most important things” in this (child)birth and bonding class.
4 sessions, two hour classes
Small group and private formats. Online version coming soon!
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This class is based on the expertise of Michelle Emanuel, a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience helping babies in the NICU. She is a personal mentor and my trainer in the Tummy Time Method, developed for optimal health, posture, movement and connection.
This is a very specific 8-phase process to help your baby thrive in all aspects of growth, including…
4 sessions, one hour classes
Designed for babies 2 weeks to pre-crawling and up to 2 caregivers. Sorry no siblings for this group.
*Offered every other month
Based on the internationally renowned program from Vimala McClure, this step by step approach to massage makes it easy and fun for everyone! Massaging your baby helps with:
5 sessions, one hour classes
Designed for babies birth to pre-crawling and up to 2 caregivers. Sorry no siblings for this group.
*Offered every other month
I am fully committed to helping you, your baby, and your family thrive as your personal coach and educator, from pre-conception baby planning to postpartum navigation and beyond.
Contact me to schedule a session
Sometimes you just need to talk through the craziness that is- early parenting. While I listen compassionately and non-judgmentally to everything going on for you related to the birth and newborn parenting, you can learn all the tricks of the trade to help yourself and your baby at home. Fill your cup with my support, so you can give your baby the best. In addition to learning the infant states and cues, you can try massage, baby yoga, and craniosacral therapy. Through my gentle techniques, you can help your baby with
$85 / hr or $185 for a package of three, 60 minute sessions
Welcoming a new family member (that sweet lil babe) can really shake up your relationship. Get back on track through my strength based, forward focused coaching….
Since 2008, the Happy Families Happy Babies philosophy has been built around principles of a subject called “attachment theory.” The psychologist, John Bowlby, was the first to coin this term, which helps us understand how safe or unsafe we feel in the world– specifically in relationship to ourselves and others.
Much research has been done on meeting a child’s needs with a “secure base” from which he or she can explore the big wide world. The experiences we have with our primary caregivers (mom, dad, grandparents, etc.) shapes how we form relationships throughout adulthood and helps determine factors of independence and emotional security. The point is to be a sensitive and consistent caregiver from conception through the child’s 18-month mark so a “secure attachment style” is built. Most parents do not understand that daily acts of caregiving (especially when the child is in distress) is what shapes a child’s lifelong ability to be independent and emotionally secure.
This theory is foundational of all of my parenting education and I have dedicated my professional life to gaining the knowledge to help you parent from your best self. I feel passionate about sharing it with you so that we can, together, make the world a safer, healthier, and more loving place to live.
Please feel free to email or call with any questions you may have, or check out the testimonials to learn more about others’ experiences. I hope to connect with you soon.
“Jessica has been a wonderful resource to our family for the past three years. She initially worked with us as our doula before the birth of our first child and has since worked with us in other capacities post the birth of my first and second child. We most recently completed an infant massage class with her of which we thoroghly enjoyed and benefited from with our 7 month old. Her knowledge of infants, children and the growing family is endless. She is a joy to be around I highly recommend her and all that she has to offer!”
-Greer Elizabeth Creech
“My wife and I did a couple Tummy Time group sessions and a couple individual craniosacral therapy sessions as well. Jessica is great with babies, she has an aura that calms them right down. Jessica helps the babies tremendously in their development and gives great DIY tips for the parents at home. I would recommend both sessions to anyone!”
“I was able to observe one of Jess’ classes for tummy time today. She is empathetic with the parents and the babies, truly masterful in her skill of pointing out what is working well and reinforcing each parent’s strength. It was more than just a tummy time class – it was a parenting support group! As someone who works with parents every day, I know they could all benefit from learning from Jess.”
-Norma Ortiz Escobar