Childbirth and Parenting
Lectures and practical classes for parents-to-be

Childbirth and Parenting
Lectures and practical classes for parents-to-be
Maria Montessori spoke about the sensitive periods as the time when the child is especially receptive to certain aspects of the environment:
Maria Montessori spoke about the sensitive periods as the time when the child is especially receptive to certain aspects of the environment:
"A sensitive period refers to a special sensibility which a creature acquires in its infantile state, while it is still in the process of evolution. It is a transient disposition and limited to the acquisition of a particular trait. Once this trait, or characteristic, has been acquired, the special sensibility disappears."
- Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood, Ch. 7
"A sensitive period refers to a special sensibility which a creature acquires in its infantile state, while it is still in the process of evolution. It is a transient disposition and limited to the acquisition of a particular trait. Once this trait, or characteristic, has been acquired, the special sensibility disappears."
- Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood, Ch. 7
Expecting a baby is a special time for every family. Drawing an analogy with the development of the child, we can say that in the life of parents-to-be there is a sensitive period for parenthood. We become especially sensitive to everything related to pregnancy, childbirth, babies and the "child" topic in general. We begin to notice how many pregnant women are around, or we intently begin to observe the children and parents we encounter. We make decisions about what kind of parents we want to be.
Expecting a baby is a special time for every family. Drawing an analogy with the development of the child, we can say that in the life of parents-to-be there is a sensitive period for parenthood. We become especially sensitive to everything related to pregnancy, childbirth, babies and the "child" topic in general. We begin to notice how many pregnant women are around, or we intently begin to observe the children and parents we encounter. We make decisions about what kind of parents we want to be.
To help each family make an informed decision, Montessori School of Moscow offers an original course by Valentina Zaytseva, our founder.
Valentina is a scholar of human development, a mother of an adolescent, and a Montessori Assistant to Infancy (AMI diploma). With background in consulting and leadership development, she offers coaching to Montessori school leaders and consults schools on management. She is trained in facilitating The Work of Byron Katie, has studied as an open dialogue practitioner and follows her interest in strengthening emotional intelligence skills in adults and children. Valentina holds university credentials in philology and linguistics.

This course includes materials available through AMI's Montessori Assistants to Infancy training, as well as other resources contributed by Valentina and our experts. The course can be easily adapted to the needs and capabilities of your family.
To help each family make an informed decision, Montessori School of Moscow offers an original course by Valentina Zaytseva, our founder.
Valentina is a scholar of human development, a mother of an adolescent, and a Montessori Assistant to Infancy (AMI diploma). With background in consulting and leadership development, she offers coaching to Montessori school leaders and consults schools on management. She is trained in facilitating The Work of Byron Katie, has studied as an open dialogue practitioner and follows her interest in strengthening emotional intelligence skills in adults and children. Valentina holds university credentials in philology and linguistics.

This course includes materials available through AMI's Montessori Assistants to Infancy training, as well as other resources contributed by Valentina and our experts. The course can be easily adapted to the needs and capabilities of your family.
To familiarize yourself with our approach, we share with you the lecture "Healthy and happy mom = healthy baby", which Valentina recorded in November 2019 for the course.

In this session, we talked about how a mother can learn to take care of herself during pregnancy or even at the stage of preparation for pregnancy, so that these skills remain with her after the birth of the baby and are passed on to the baby.
*English subtitles will be available soon: check back in January 2021!
A recorded video course
You can choose to purchase a recording of a separate lecture in Russian with subtitles (worth 2,000 rubles for each session) or purchase a set of 5 recordings (worth 7,000 rubles).
1. Montessori method: a resource for families
Being a parent: how does it feel? What does it mean to be a parent raising children Montessori-style? How can we help a child develop his/her natural potential? The essence of the Montessori method, theory and practice. Suggested reading.
2. Montessori Assistants to Infancy: some theory
The following topics are covered in this session:
- Physiology of conception and pregnancy;
- Constitutional types;
- The innate potential of the child.
3. An expectant family: some important aspects to consider
The following topics are covered in this session:
- Family system and expectations for the child;
- Responsibilities of each family member;
- Relationships within a couple, resources and willingness to change, the role of the father;
- Practice of Open Dialogue to help the family.
In this session, Valentina shares her experiences and views, citing books by Dr. Montessori and others.
4. Getting ready for the baby
The following topics are covered in this session:
- Home environment;
- Birth plan;
- Materials and layette for a newborn;
- Objects for transporting the child;
- Baby's brain development, including development of movement and development of speech;
- Baby's sleep and hygiene, feeding the baby.
The goal of this part of our course is to help future parents prepare their home environment for the arrival of a baby, tune in to the most comfortable process of childbirth and ensure smooth adaptation of the baby to living in a new environment.
5. The new life
Our course ends with a meeting with a professional postpartum doula - Sofia Zdanovskaya. Valentina and Sofia talked about how to support mom and baby in the first hours, days, weeks and months after birth.
During this session we discussed different views on the following concepts:
- Symbiotic life;
- Building a support system for the new family;
- Internal and external pregnancy.
What's next?
In addition to the recorded videos, we will be sending you handouts. As a follow up to each session, we recommend that you discuss your concerns with and address your questions to Valentina. The cost of individual consultations is 2500 rubles per 1 hour session (in person or online through Zoom video conferencing). 30-, 60- and 90-minute long consultations are available.
Before the consultation, we recommend that you e-mail Valentina with a list of your questions in order to make each session as effective as possible for you!
A recorded video course
You can choose to purchase a recording of a separate lecture in Russian with subtitles (worth 2,000 rubles for each session) or purchase a set of 5 recordings (worth 7,000 rubles).
1. Montessori method: a resource for families
Being a parent: how does it feel? What does it mean to be a parent raising children Montessori-style? How can we help a child develop his/her natural potential? The essence of the Montessori method, theory and practice.
Recommended reading.
2. Montessori Assistants to Infancy: some theory
The following topics are covered in this session:
- Physiology of conception and pregnancy
- Constitutional types
- The innate potential of the child
3. An expectant family: some important aspects to consider
The following topics are covered in this session:
- Family system and expectations for the child
- Responsibilities of each family member
- Relationships in a couple and willingness to change, the role of the father
- Practice of Open Dialogue to help the family
In this session, Valentina shares her experiences and views, citing books by Dr. Montessori and others.
4. Getting ready for the baby
The following topics are covered in this session:
- home environment
- birth plan
- materials and layette for a newborn
- objects for transporting the child
- baby's brain development, including development of movement and development of speech
- baby's sleep and hygiene, feeding the baby
The goal of this part of our course is to help future parents prepare their home environment for the arrival of a baby, tune in to the most comfortable process of childbirth and ensure smooth adaptation of the baby to living in a new environment.
5. The new life
Our course ends with a meeting with a professional postpartum doula - Sofia Zdanovskaya. Valentina and Sofia talked about how to support mom and baby in the first hours, days, weeks and months after birth.
During this session we discussed different views on the following concepts:
- Symbiotic life
- Support system for a new family
- Internal and external pregnancy
What's next?
In addition to the recorded videos, we will be sending you handouts. As a follow up to each session, we recommend that you discuss your concerns with and address your questions to Valentina. The cost of individual consultations is 2500 rubles per 1 hour session (in person or online through Zoom video conferencing). 30-, 60- and 90-minute long consultations are available.
Before the consultation, we recommend that you e-mail Valentina with a list of your questions in order to make each session as effective as possible for you!
We have more to offer:
- practical advice on organizing a home environment from our specialists with a visit to your home or online;
- workshops on how to make mobiles and other elements of home environment for the newborns;
- professional advice regarding preparation for childbirth, caring for newborns, breastfeeding, choosing specialists who are going to support your family;
- child observation skills;
- inquiry under the guidance of Valentina Zaitseva;
- RULER approach taught by Kathy Minardi;
- access to world-class experts in Montessori education;
- access to our library of books, audio and video recordings.
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