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Business: Birth Journeys opens new space in Burlington

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Childbirth educators and doulas Jenna Thayer and Genie Henry have always made hospital visits and house calls. Now, expectant moms can visit them in a new studio. Together, the pair runs Birth Journeys, a service founded in 2001 by Amy Armstrong to help expectant parents navigate pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. On January 6, Birth Journeys officially opened a new teaching space in Burlington's Union Station with an afternoon of reflexology, baby yoga and natural henna. The cozy, carpeted studio — equipped with couches and colorful globe lights — is available for baby showers and blessingways, gatherings geared more toward blessing mom and baby than giving gifts. It also hosts expanded Birth Journeys services such as pregnancy massage, a bimonthly pregnancy circle and a natural-medicine class. "We want families to feel informed and supported," explains Thayer, "and, just as important, we wanted the space to be warm, welcoming and comfortable, like hanging out at home."

Birth Journeys: 1 Main St., Suite 214, Burlington. Info, 324-8809, vtbirthjourneys.com

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