Purely Baby, located at 230-600 St. Anne’s Road, is a new resource in St. Vital for expecting parents where they can research and learn about a variety of options when it comes to delivering and raising new bundles of joy.
Purely Baby offers pre/postnatal classes, massage therapy, yoga and fitness classes, craniosacral and herbal therapy, maternity and baby photography, and retail products. Becky Heather, owner of Purely Baby has designed classes to better fit moms’ schedules. People can buy one or a package of five pre/postnatal classes and then choose time slots opposed to signing up for regularly scheduled classes. Classes are three hours and cover a number of topics from drug options and fear coping to dealing with postpartum. Classes can help parents from conception until kindergarten.
Yoga classes are tailored for certain stages of pregnancy, but are also open to any women, even if they’ve never had a baby. Fitness classes are also kid friendly.
Purely Baby also offers free drop in classes, which consist of breastfeeding support, playgroups, and mom renewal groups. Donations in exchange for the free classes are accepted and go to support the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters.
Heather said Purely Baby is all about choice.
"We really try to keep everything neutral and provide support for people from a wide range of backgrounds," she said.
For more information visit purelybaby.ca or call 421-9224.
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Landon Butterworth, born and raised in St. Vital, is forgoing his razor to raise awareness for Friedreich’s Ataxia research and funds for two sisters battling the disease.
"People started offering me money to either grow my beard out or shave it, so I saw a way to raise money and a need to help out the family," said Butterworth.
Along with raising awareness for the disease that affects about one in 50,000 people, he’s trying to raise funds for sisters Chelsey and Brittany Sommerfield. Chelsey, 21, and Brittany, 18, are battling the rare disease that is inherited and affects the central nervous system.
There is currently no cure for the disease and over time it slowly impairs movement, co-ordination, vision, and causes heart problems.
Butterworth said hearing the sisters’ story makes him grateful for what he has. "Every day is a struggle for them from pouring a glass of water to brushing their teeth. Even reading because the disease affects rapid eye movement," said Butterworth.
Half of the funds raised will go to the Sommerfield family to assist with medical bills and for wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps. The other half will go to the National Ataxia Foundation and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.
Butterworth will be growing his beard until July 20. People can donate by visiting facebook.com/beardforfa where he has set up a PayPal account.
Krystalle Ramlakhan is a community correspondent for St. Vital. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org