Your Guide for The Parenthood Journey

How would it feel to have an experienced guide
to count on through every step of your parenthood journey?

Pregnancy, birth, & parenthood change you — forever.

No matter how you become a family, once you begin this journey it leaves a permanent mark on your heart.

It’s common to have LOTS of different feelings on your parenthood journey…

And while there are tons of information available about pregnancy, birth, and parenthood all at the touch of a button, what about that information? Is it current? Is it evidence-based? Is “Dr. Google” a reliable and unbiased source of support when searching for guidance about the realities of raising the next generation?
That’s where I come in…

With over twenty-five years of practical experience inside and outside the classroom, I can help you navigate all the normal twists and turns that might happen as you make your way through pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

My passion for all things bellies, birth and babies has been lifelong and I’m excited to share that passion with you! I’d like to be your confidante – someone you can trust to share the realities of what is means to raise the next generation and encourage you to trust that you already have what you need to do this most important work. I’d love for this to be a safe place for you and your partner to gain the skills and necessary information so that you feel truly prepared for pregnancy, birth, & parenthood.

The road ahead might seem super scary at times...

Working with a me as your guide will make all the difference! Together, we’ll determine which path is the right one for YOU.

Barb Buckner Suárez

Here are just a few comments from the many families I’ve guided through their parenthood journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m so glad to hear you’ve been referred to me! Former families are my BEST ambassadors! Check out my “Work With Me” page where you can schedule and register for the services that seem right for you. Still have questions? Schedule a free 15-minute call with me and we’ll figure it out together.
Schedule a free 15-minute call with me and we can talk about where you are in your parenthood journey and tailor something specific that will meet your needs. I’m certain that we can find a way to connect! Still have questions? Schedule a free 15-minute call with me and we’ll figure it out together.

How to work with me

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I'm Pregnant? Now What?

To get you started on your journey, I offer an online, on-demand webinar. This is perfect for those thinking about getting pregnant, actively working towards getting pregnant or still in their first trimester.

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Getting ready for the big day

My Childbirth Preparation Class 4-Week Series can be taken as a small group online offering during the lunch hour or as a private 3-Week Series at your convenience. It’s designed to help you approach the big day feeling excited and empowered rather than frightened and overwhelmed.

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What do I do again?

This is a class for those who have already given birth before and need a refresher or those who are wanting more hands-on practice for the experience of labor and birth.

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Tools for the Journey

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The Connection Bubble

No one can predict how your birth will unfold. In this Couples Connection Class, the focus is on helping couples strengthen the relationship they share prior to birth so their baby can be born into that shared connection – no matter what.

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Becoming Us

Becoming Us (Before OR After Baby) is a 4-Week Series of either small-group or private sessions designed to help couples navigate the normal challenges and changes that happen after starting a family. 92% of couples report increased conflict after the birth of their first baby. Becoming Us classes help babyproof your relationship.

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Re-prioritizing our relationship

These private Couples Coaching Sessions are geared for couples who are wanting to reprioritize their relationship. I work directly with couples on the unique issues coming between them so they can grow closer together as they learn communication skills and how to handle conflict better as a team.

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Trekking Ahead

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Who am I now?

Becoming a parent can have profound effects on your self-identity and the transition to parenthood brings both joys and struggles. These private sessions are designed to help you integrate who you were – with who you are now.

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Adding to Our Family

These private sessions are designed to help couples considering expanding their family (or already on their way) but could use a little extra support around what to expect. Part counseling, part mediation, the work we do in these sessions will help you prepare for what it means to add a new baby to your family.

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I need to tell my story

It's perfectly normal to feel grateful for having a healthy baby, and still need to process the challenging emotions of a birth that was not what you expected. Lingering feelings of anger, grief, frustration, and disappointment can prevent you from adapting to and enjoying your new role as a parent. Birthing people, partners (even birth workers!) who have gone through a challenging birth, can work with me in these private sessions to integrate one of life’s most transformative experiences.

Whether you're Pregnancy Curious, still in Early Pregnancy, or you've had a baby before but are hoping you'd like to do things differently this time around, here are FIVE reasons you should consider taking my PC/EP Webinar TODAY!​​​​​​​​
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1) It's pre-recorded! Learn at your own pace, in your comfiest jammies, and watch from the comfort of your own home whenever it works best for YOU!​​​​​​​​
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2) It's short and sweet! From start to finish - even if you pause along the way to take notes - it should take less than an hour to complete!​​​​​​​​
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3) It's chock full of current, evidence-based information! What to expect across all three trimesters, who the members of your Birth Dream Team might be, when to register for all the things, how to use your BRAIN for decision-making, and ultimately why making these decisions in early pregnancy (or even before!) matter so damn much!​​​​​​​​
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4) You can contact me directly following the webinar! Just email me with any questions you might have and I'll get back to you ASAP. And this is just the beginning - I'm excited to share all the ways we might continue to work together across your whole parenthood journey!​​​​​​​​
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5) It's CHEAP, ya'll! This webinar is intentionally affordable because I feel the content is so important for folks to have as they begin to think about starting a family... But if the low, low price of $75 is not quite low enough, please reach out. Some scholarships are available!​​​​​​​​
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More and better support for families matters! I'm so excited to finally have a way to get this information out in the world to those who need it. ​​​​​​​​
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PS: It would make a GREAT gift for the person in your life who's hoping to have a baby in 2023! Just sayin'...​​​​​​​​
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I know you just want to keep the peace... Or show off the new baby... I mean, what's the harm in flying home to visit family when traveling with a lap-child doesn't involve an extra seat on the plane?​​​​​​​​
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(This is where I start to get into some hot water with the grandparents, ya'll!) ​​​​​​​​
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Whether you're a 20-minute drive across town, or a 2,000 mile trek across the country, if you don't establish boundaries now around the holidays and how your new family will be celebrating them - the potential for conflict is HUGE.​​​​​​​​
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I think folks are scared about setting boundaries - and based on interactions with your family of origin - you might come by this feeling honestly! But here's the truth: most people do really well knowing exactly what to expect in any given situation.​​​​​​​​
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Clear, direct communication about your own wants and needs allows everyone around you to understand what their role is, what is expected of them, and what they can expect from you, too. ​​​​​​​​
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4-Part Recipe for Healthy Boundaries Around the Holidays:​​​​​​​​
1) Take an honest inventory about how you want to spend your holidays. Set new boundaries for yourself and your family.​​​​​​​​
2) BREATHE... BREATHE... BREATHE.​​​​​​​​
3) If you are partnered, each of you needs to take responsibility for relating your new boundaries to your family of origin - I suggest you do this via phone call or ZOOM.​​​​​​​​
4) Celebrate that you've asserted yourselves as a new little family in a healthy way and that you've taken care of one another during a really busy and expectation-laden time.​​​​​​​​
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It isn't easy, ya'll! But it's SO important. XO​​​​​​​​
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ATTACHMENT!​​​​​​​​
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I've just come off of a training where we discussed attachment styles - maybe you've heard of them?​​​​​​​​
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But more importantly, maybe you've realized that when you were young your parents weren't available and responsive in ways that would have created a "secure" attachment for you. And now you're worried you'll do the same.​​​​​​​​
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So many folks come to me anxious that they won't be good parents because they didn't get that secure attachment when they were little.​​​​​​​​
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But I've got some really great news: there's a thing called EARNED secure attachment! And there are two times it can happen in adulthood: 1) when you find a loving, respectful partner committed to your growth as a human being, and 2) when you become a parent.​​​​​​​​
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Isn't that amazing? While you create secure attachment for your child(ren) it can do the same for YOU. There's always a possibility that you might be the one to stop multi-generational attachment issues by creating secure attachment for your little one - and for yourself at the same time.​​​​​​​​
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The best news is that you don't have to be perfect at it, ya'll! ​​​​​​​​
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Just do your very best to engage and respond to your little one's bids for your attention. When they know that you're there for them - even imperfectly - they learn that they can count on you, and by extension, others. ​​​​​​​​
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Never forget how important this work is. It matters. YOU matter.  And I love ya'll so damn much!​​​​​​​​
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Ya'll, here's an offer I'm really excited about: My Pregnancy Curious/Early Pregnancy Class!​​​​​​​​
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This pre-recorded PC/EP webinar is the perfect fit for anyone who's thinking about getting pregnant or still in their 1st Trimester but wanting to start figuring out some of the important stuff NOW.​​​​​​​​
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It's @45 minutes of really great information taught by me - a Health Educator who's guided literally 1000s of families over the past 25+ years! ​​​​​​​​
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You'll learn:​​​​​​​​
~ what to expect physically and emotionally (and tips on how to prevent or treat the more common discomforts of pregnancy); ~how to decide which is the best environment for you to give birth: hospital, birth center or home; ​​​​​​​​
~who the members of your "Birth Dream Team" will be; ​​​​​​​​
~when to schedule ALL THE THINGS before your baby's birth; ~why making these decisions now matters so much!​​​​​​​​
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I'm offering this webinar at a deeply discounted price of only $25 for the next three days. If you purchase this webinar from Thursday 11/25 - Sunday, 11/27, you'll be getting this class for 1/3 of the usual price!​​​​​​​​
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PS - This webinar makes an AWESOME gift for anyone in your circle who's considering starting a family in the coming year as it's designed to help them build confidence for their whole parenthood journey right from the very beginning.​​​​​​​​
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The direct link to register and purchase this class is here: https://bbsuarez.com/early-pregnancy-webinar/

DM me with any questions or concerns and ya'll, I would LOVE it if you shared this post far and wide! TIA!​​​​​​​​
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My house is filling up with the people I love... My MIL came a few days ago, my son and his girlfriend arrived this afternoon, my daughter is flying in from LA as I type this, and we're all getting our house ready to host 17 folks for a framily feast of thanks in just a few days... (It's a pretty small group this year!)​​​​​​​​
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I've been posting on FB what I'm grateful for each day of November. A dear friend of mine posted on November 1st and it inspired me to do the same. Daily gratitude reflections really are something! It's been so nice to look at my life through this lens.​​​​​​​​
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But ya'll, I was just saying earlier (as I was making a HUGE batch of gravy - YUM!) that I can't believe that I get to do this work! It is mind-blowing to me that I'm STILL as passionate about guiding families all along their parenthood journey as I was when I started over 25 years ago!​​​​​​​​
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I can't explain how gratifying it is to have found my vocation - work that I truly believes fits me and utilizes my strengths. Somehow, this makes me want to rename what I do as something other than "work" - to me, it mostly ends up feeling like play.​​​​​​​​
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How lucky am I?! Wouldn't it be amazing if in another 25 years I'm able to say the same? ​​​​​​​​
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If you know anyone who's looking for an experienced guide to assist them wherever they land on their parenthood journey, would you send them my way? I'll be forever grateful! XO​​​​​​​​
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