Ascension Seton

Self-care strategies to identify, prevent, and manage stress and low moods during pregnancy and postpartum. 

Breastfeeding Success (BFS) is offering the Take it Easy: The Importance of Self-Care in Pregnancy & Postpartum class virtually with a LIVE instructor.

PLEASE NOTE:  While BFS can not guarantee that class costs will be covered by your particular insurance plan, your insurance might cover the cost of this service.  

Use Registration Code VERIFYINSURANCE if you have Aetna, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthSmart or HEB Blue Cross Blue Shield, or ARC Employee Health Plan. 

Using this code means we will submit the claim to your insurance company. If the claim is rejected, you will be billed after the class and are responsible ONLY for costs not covered which will not exceed the $40 self-pay class fee. 

Breastfeeding Success offers financial assistance if your insurance carrier does not cover the cost of the class and you have documented need. Please call 512-808-0237 with any questions or for help with scheduling. We look forward to seeing you in class!


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Take it Easy: The Importance of Self-Care in Pregnancy & Postpartum

Taught by Ellie Wheeler, Ph.D

While pregnancy and postpartum can be exciting, it can also be a stressful time as we plan for and think about this life changing event! We get support to take care of our physical selves, but our emotional self care can be neglected. This virtual class helps make space for emotional self care by addressing the normal emotional changes that happen during pregnancy and after birth. The class will also provide strategies to manage stress and low mood. Participants will not be asked to share personal information (this is not a therapy group).

Topics covered will include:

  • What is self-care, why it matters, and how to do it!
  • Common emotional changes during pregnancy and after birth, and strategies for addressing these
  • Managing preexisting mental health issues during and after pregnancy
  • Tips for managing anxieties and fears around labor and early parenting
  • Medication concerns
  • ‘Baby blues’
  • Postpartum depression
  • Understanding risk factors
  • Proactive preventative measures
  • What to expect your mood to do during and after pregnancy
  • How to get help and support with postpartum depression
  • Where to get further help and support
  • How to support your partner during pregnancy and after birth

About the classes
Each class is very informal in nature. This class is not intended as psychological therapy, but will provide information on general issues, self help strategies and sign posting for where people can get psychological support if needed.
About Ellie
Ellie Wheeler is a Psychologist and mum of 4. She is from the United Kingdom. Ellie got her Masters degree in Psychology and Mathematics from the University of St. Andrews in 2002 and went on to gain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2009. Before completing her doctorate she worked as a nanny for a number of years, specializing in working with children with special needs. After graduating, she worked as a psychologist in the UK, with young people suffering from eating disorders and their families.

Read below for a message from Ascension Seton.

 At Ascension Seton our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, providers, associates, and communities. As cases of COVID-19 increase across the U.S., Ascension continues to aggressively respond to this evolving situation to protect our associates and those who we are privileged to serve. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and our clinical teams are highly trained in infection prevention protocols. Ascension is closely monitoring COVID‐19 developments and working daily in partnership with our local and state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

After much discernment regarding the best course of action to limit possible exposure to this virus and in an abundance of caution, we have decided it is in the best interest of our associates and the community to temporarily postpone or reschedule to an online platform all upcoming hospital maternity tours and classes, until further notice.  We will share relevant updates with you by email. In the meantime, please visit to watch a video tour of our maternity unit.

If your class requires payment, a refund will be given if a cancellation request is received 3 business days prior to the start of the class/program. A full refund will be given for any class cancelled by the site.


Location Information

  • February 8th 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CSTMarch 8th 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CSTApril 12th 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CDTMay 10th 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CDTJune 14th 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CDT
  • (Online for now) Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
  • 1201 West 38th Street, Austin, TX, 78758 US

Take it Easy: The Importance of Self-Care in Pregnancy & Postpartum

Having a baby can be so exciting! We might get help for the physical care, but our emotional care is also critical. And, it often gets neglected. This class led by Dr. Ellie Wheeler,  Psychologist and mom of 4,  will help you spot normal emotional changes, and give you ways to prevent and manage stress and low moods so you can find ease and joy in new parenthood.


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