Support Groups & ClASSES

1 in 5 pregnant new moms experience PMADs - other wise referred to as postpartum depression (PPD). Being around other new moms that feel the same as you can feel incredibly supportive most importantly help you feel like you are not alone.  
 

CLASSES OFFERED BY THE MOTHERHOOD CENTER

 
Ready to Parent


BIRTH DAY PRESENCE

RACHEL WELCH CLASSES


Vaccination Policy

The Motherhood Center welcomes infants for evaluations, appointments, day program, and classes and support groups. We ask that mothers attest to the recommended schedule of vaccinations for their child, as put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC, so that all babies and pregnant moms who are at the Center are better protected. To review the recommended schedule click here.


 

New Mommy Real Talk

As new moms negotiate the rollercoaster of parenthood, so much focus is placed on how elated you must feel to have this new bundle of joy in your life. BUT LET'S GET REAL. IT'S HARD TOO! Join us for a new mom's group that makes room for REAL TALK. A place where new moms can support one another through the challenging parts of parenthood and give each other permission to love being a mom, and not love it - all at the same time. Run by a licensed social worker with years of personal and professional experience in motherhood, topics include:
 

  • Dealing with lack of sleep
  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Role transition and self-identity after baby
  • Changes in your relationship
  • Workload imbalance in your relationship
  • Having a hard time asking for help
  • Going back to work - or not
  • Dealing with feelings of guilt or shame
  • Body image after baby and much more!
     

For mommies and babies 0 - 6 months , Refreshments available, Walk-ins welcome, Bring your baby!


Instructor: Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW
Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Program Director of The Motherhood Center of Manhattan. After Paige’s first son Max was born, she suffered from severe postpartum depression that almost cost her her own life. Once she began to heal, she became committed to fighting for education, screening and treatment for postpartum depression so that no more women would have to suffer silently. She drafted legislation in New York State that was championed by State Senator Liz Krueger, mandating education and strongly encouraging screening of all new and expecting mothers that was signed into law in 2014. Paige has been an outspoken advocate on the issue of postpartum depression, and uses her own story as a tool for change. She has appeared on the Today Show, NPR, PBS Newshour and in Women’s Health Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and several other print publications. Paige is currently on the steering committee of the NYC Maternal Depression Collaborative that is responsible for implementing the First Lady’s commitment to screening every new and expecting mother for postpartum depression.

Cost: $25 per class
Duration: Every Wednesday
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


New and Expecting Mom's PMAD Support Group

Transitioning to parenthood is difficult for every new mother, but for some it can bring along feelings of depression and/or anxiety. At least 20% of all new mothers suffer from postpartum depression and/or anxiety, and sometimes the best medicine for feeling better is being around other moms that are struggling just like you.


Instructor: Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW
Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Program Director of The Motherhood Center of Manhattan. After Paige’s first son Max was born, she suffered from severe postpartum depression that almost cost her her own life. Once she began to heal, she became committed to fighting for education, screening and treatment for postpartum depression so that no more women would have to suffer silently. She drafted legislation in New York State that was championed by State Senator Liz Krueger, mandating education and strongly encouraging screening of all new and expecting mothers that was signed into law in 2014.

Paige has been an outspoken advocate on the issue of postpartum depression, and uses her own story as a tool for change. She has appeared on the Today Show, NPR, PBS Newshour and in Women’s Health Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and several other print publications.


Cost: $25 per class
Dates/Times: Thursdays, 10AM – 11AM


Partners Group

The transition to parenthood is difficult for moms and dads. While many new and expecting moms struggle from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) otherwise known as postpartum depression - partners do too. If mom is suffering and you are trying to support her through it – this is a great opportunity to meet other partners having a similar experience. The best thing for partners to do to get through this challenging time is to get the support THEY need.


Instructor:
Dr. Chuck Schaeffer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognized scholar, educator, and speaker who has spent nearly a decade working with parents, professionals, and couples to overcome reproductive challenges including insomnia, miscarriage & loss, postpartum anxiety and depression. Dr. Schaeffer is a published author and clinical faculty at NYU, who’s clinical expertise has been featured in Psychology Today, Postpartum Support International, Huffington Post, Deloitte, Vice News, and Mom.me.  He has worked with hundreds of clients in his private practice in Greenwich Village, NY and around the world, gaining a reputation for drawing out the best potential in people and organizations through his warm, genuine, insightful, solution focused style. Dr. Schaeffer trained and served as a clinician at Mount Sinai Medical School, William Alanson White Institute, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs while completing his Ph.D. at New York University. He currently serves as a clinical advisor and consultant to various reproductive mental health organizations including the Seleni Institute, Huddle, and the Motherhood Center.  

Cost: $25 per class
Duration: Every Friday, from 9:45am-10:45am


Tuesday Breastfeeding Clinic

Many new parents have questions about how breastfeeding is going. This clinic is a chance to get your questions answered, meet other nursing moms, work on increasing comfort, and weigh your baby. 

Cost: $50 - A scale is available
Date/Time: Starts October 30th
Tuesdays, drop in, 2:45pm-4:15pm

Instructor:
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Childbirth Educator, and a former lawyer. She has worked with over a thousand new families on the past fifteen years, teaching for every major parenting organization in New York City, at numerous major corporations, and in private consults. She served on the Board of Directors of the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York for over ten years. Meredith lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. 


Thursday Breastfeeding Clinic

Date/Time: Thursday’s, 3pm – 5pm
Cost: $50 - A scale is available

This clinic is designed for breastfeeding women and their babies. In a calm, non-judgmental group setting, women come together to address their breastfeeding questions and concerns from nipple pain to breast engorgement, issues with babies’ weight gain, pumping, going back to work, teething, introducing solid food and much more. If needed, we can weight your baby before and after the feeding to see how much milk your baby is getting and come up with a plan accordingly.  

Ayelet Kaznelson, IBCLC is a Lactation Consultant and labor support doula. She brings her experience and expertise with helping over 10,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and their babies for the past 17 years. Ayelet  strives to provide families with evidence-based information so that they can make informed decisions. Ayelet believes that each woman deserves to make her own choices, while being treated with respect and kindness, listened to, and to be assisted to meet her breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be. Ayelet has worked in many different settings such as the Elizabeth Seton birthing center, pediatric practices, the Realbirth Prenatal and Postpartum Center, and Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in LA to name but a few. She runs her private practice in Manhattan. Ayelet has two children: college student Zoë and middle schooler Liam. 


Learn how to Build a Happy + Healthy Core

- Would you like to reclaim control of your body?
- Learn how daily habits influence your core?
- Discover how movement and postural habits influence internal awareness for deep stability?

Join us for a 90 mins workshop and learn what will help you to build a deep internal awareness and shape your core.

Cost: $60
Date/Time:
January 23rd 3:30-5:30pm
February 25th 2-4pm

Lindsey Vestal, MS, OTR/L of The Functional Pelvis specializes in pre- and postnatal pelvic floor therapy and offers pelvic floor therapy "house calls" throughout NYC. She is very passionate about promoting positive and holistic education to everyone who has a pelvis. The pelvic floor is such a vital part of our being and she finds that most people aren't talking about it enough.  She is changing that one pelvic floor at a time. 

Shahar Lion is a licensed psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University. She is also a well-respected prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor in NYC and internationally. The pelvis has always been the focal point of her teachings. She perceives the pelvis as a valuable "compass" in ones body and mind.


Baby Massage Workshop

Date/Time: February 10th, 11AM -1PM
Cost: $65 pre-registration required
 

For babies 5 weeks to 5 months & their parents

  • Develop deeper bonding and attachment
  • Nurture body and mind development through touch
  • Learn techniques to help soothe and calm baby
  • Learn ways to nurture nervous system regulation
  • Create useful sleep rituals using massage
  • Learn techniques to address congestion, colic, and digestive issues
  • Find ways to help feel centered, grounded, & relaxed amidst new parenting


Taught by Ellynne Skove LCAT, NCC, BC-DMTRPP

Ellynne Skove is a licensed therapist, yoga & developmental movement specialist, and bodyworker with a background in pre and perinatal psychology and health. She is the Director of BRIGHT START BABIES and the creator of GoGo Babies® Tummy Time, Baby Yoga, & Developmental Movement.


When Your Birth Plan Doesn’t Go According To Plan: A Support Group For New Moms Who Have Experienced A Difficult Birth

Every Monday starting Feb. 12.

Date/Time: Mondays 3:30-4:30; Starting February 12
Cost: $25 per session

There is so much focus these days on how to plan for the “perfect birth” that when a birth doesn’t go as anticipated it often comes as a terrible shock to a new mother. Grief, shame, and anger are just a few of the powerful emotions that may well up in a new mom who feels that she is somehow to blame for not having the birth she worked towards with such high hopes. To further compound things, a new mom may feel isolated with these emotions, which can exacerbate the negative feelings associated with the birth. All of which may overwhelm a new mom and make it harder for her to feel connected to her baby, and empowered in her role as a parent.

This group invites women who have had a difficult birth experience to process their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive space.


Goals of the group:

  1. To experience the healing impact of receiving feedback from other women who have had similar experiences and who can empathize with, and normalize each other’s emotional responses.
  2. To help members of the group create meaning through telling and making sense of their birth stories. This process facilitates the integration of this experience into their personal narratives, lessening its traumatic impact.
  3. To provide non-judgmental support in areas of parenting that may be particularly challenging after a difficult birth such as: feeding, sleeping, taking the baby outside, caring for a sick baby, etc. Additionally this group will focus on the importance of self-care for the new mom: how it positively impacts the mother-child bond, and ways to increase it.
  4. To encourage better coping skills that empower members to feel more secure in their choices as a parent, and to develop personal, and more realistic standards of what it means to be a good mom.

 

Instructor Bio:
Allison Schwartz, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist specializing in adult psychotherapy. Dr. Schwartz received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and did her postdoctoral training at the Karen Horney Clinic (in affiliation with the American Institute for Psychoanalysis).

Dr. Schwartz completed her internship at the Manhattan V.A. Hospital, where she received extensive training in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as other clinical issues including depression, anxiety, sleep, addiction, and adjustment disorders. Prior to internship, Dr. Schwartz also participated in year-long trainings at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital (now Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s) Women’s Health Project, and Brooklyn College’s Counseling Center. Across these settings, Dr. Schwartz has had the wonderful opportunity to work with clients of varying ages, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations, providing her great familiarity and comfort working with people from all backgrounds.

In her private practice, Dr. Schwartz has a special interest in working with women’s issues, particularly pertaining to struggles with pregnancy, the birth experience, motherhood, and work/family balance. This interest continues to inform her psychotherapeutic work given the relevance of these challenges for so many women today.


Energy Meditation for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

Date/Time: Monday, February 19th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Cost: $35.00

The perinatal time is the most expansive time in a woman’s life. There’s so much we know about health and nutrition, yet energy and emotion are what make motherhood most valuable (and potentially most challenging!)

Join expert meditation and spiritual teacher Margaret Nichols for a talk and guided meditation, to tap into the magic of this special transition. Being a new mama herself, Margaret found that her decade-plus years of teaching were instrumental in easing the difficulties of motherhood. Connect with other pregnant and new mamas for a simple, safe and beautiful meditation to connect to yourself and your child.

Margaret Nichols, spiritual teacher, speaker, thought leader

Instructor bio
Founder of Urban Oneness. NYC Oneness Maven + internationally recognized leader. Creator of the Mystic Mastermind + Bliss. Here. Now.  Author, speaker, spiritual teacher. Awakening evolution in business + life. In 2016 Margaret launched: DIVINE FEMME: creating the new paradigm of women's leadership from the inside out. Weekend immersions + online global coachings: practically Divine + fiercely femme, ushering the rise of the Divine Feminine for modern women.

http://margaretnichols.com


ready to parent classes

 

ready to parent

This course, designed by an interdisciplinary team of doctors for expectant couples delivers the comprehensive knowledge base for embracing your new baby. Topics include: labor and delivery, your baby's first exam, breastfeeding, navigating parenthood, neurodevelopmental milestones, attachment and bonding, healthy sleep habits, postpartum health, and being a new father and infant CPR and safety.

Winter Series:
Price: $850 for the package / $225 for individual classes
Dates: January 5, 9, 16 and 23
Time:  6PM - 8:30PM


birth day presence classes

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Founded in 2002, Birth Day Presence is the premier provider of smart, non-judgmental childbirth education, doula services and on-demand lactation support for savvy New Yorkers. Founded in 2002, Birth Day Presence is the longest-running and most trusted independent childbirth education and doula referral center in the city.

An Approach to Birth that Fits Your Family
We hand-select the best ideas and techniques from a range of childbirth traditions to provide NYC’s expectant and new parents with modern, practical education and support, helping to reduce the fear and anxiety around childbirth, while increasing the joy and pleasure of confidently becoming parents. Birth Day Presence has assisted over 7,000 families and is proud to provide exceptional service to all kinds of families

*Buy all 3 classes (childbirth, breastfeeding/newborn care, and infant CPR) and save 10%!


INFANT CPR and SAFETY

Our Infant CPR and Child CPR workshops will teach you the most up-to-date protocols in how to safely and effectively administer CPR in case of an emergency. These classes are great for parents, parents to be, grandparents, and caregivers. The 2hr class teaches the basics of infant CPR and safety for infants aged 0-1. Price is per couple. Additional attendees pay $85.

Price: $190 (per couple). Additional attendees pay $85.

Date: Jan 24, Feb 20, Mar 28, Apr 25
Time: 7PM - 9PM


childbirth class: weekend intensive

This class will be a blend of lecture, video, demonstration and practice and will include, but not be limited to: Gestation and Anatomy, Preparing your Body and How to Adapt to Its Changes, Signs, Stages and Emotional Signposts of Labor, Pain Management Techniques, Understanding Evidence-Based Care, Birth Preference Sheets (Birth Plans), Pain Medication Options, Labor Support (who should be at your birth), Understanding Medical Support (Interventions) and Induction, Cesarean Birth and Prevention and Postpartum Health.

Price: $395
Dates: Jan 20-21, Mar 10-11
Time: 10:00AM - 3:30PM


childbirth class: one day intensive

Childbirth Classes NYC. Founded in 2002, Birth Day Presence is the premier provider of smart, non-judgmental childbirth education for savvy New Yorkers. Routinely recommended by the top OBs and Midwives in NYC, we are one of the longest-running and most trusted independent childbirth education centers in the city. BDP hand-selects the best ideas and techniques from a range of childbirth traditions to provide NYC’s expectant and new parents with modern, practical education and support, helping to reduce the fear and anxiety around childbirth, while increasing the joy and pleasure of confidently becoming parents. BDP has assisted over 6,000 families.


The same material covered in our regular weekday and weekend intensive series, only all in one day.

Class is a blend of lecture, video, demonstration and practice and will include, but not be limited to:

  • Gestation and Anatomy
  • Preparing your Body and How to Adapt to Its Changes
  • Signs, Stages and Emotional Signposts of Labor
  • Pain Management Techniques: breathing, relaxation, position choices, massage, pressure points, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, vocalization and much more
  • Understanding Evidence-Based Care
  • Birth Preference Sheets (Birth Plans)
  • Pain Medication Options
  • Labor Support–who should be at your birth
  • Understanding Medical Support (Interventions) and Induction
  • Cesarean Birth and Prevention
  • Postpartum Health


Price: $375 per class
Dates: Feb 3, Feb 17
Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM


Childbirth Class: Express

For expectant parents who want a no-frills childbirth class in a nutshell. The focus will be on: signs and stages of labor, pain management techniques (breathing, relaxation, position choices, massage, pressure points, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and vocalization), pain medication options, understanding medical support/interventions/induction, and cesarean birth/prevention.

Price: $350 per class
Dates: Jan 10, Jan 29, Feb 7, Feb 28, Mar 7
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM


Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Class

This a combined breastfeeding and newborn care class which will help new families to become familiar with the basics of feeding your infant and how to care for your infant in the first 6 weeks after birth. Partners encouraged to attend! Take this class before you have the baby.

Topics covered will include:

  • How to get breastfeeding off to the best start
  • How to help your infant latch-on and correct positioning
  • How to know if the baby is getting enough milk
  • How to avoid common breastfeeding problems and when to call a specialist
  • Understanding normal infant behavior, communication, appearance and sleep patterns
  • Understanding common newborn procedures in the hospital
  • Understanding the basics of diapering, cord care, bathing, and assessment of your baby
  • Understanding soothing techniques, swaddling, holding
  • Understanding postpartum adjustment for the whole family
  • Newborn warning signs

Price: $195
Dates: Jan 22, Feb 12, Mar 12 1/22, 2/12, 3/12
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM


Twin Love Concierge

Expecting Twins Class

Description: Twin Love Concierge’s "Expecting Twins Class" helps connect you with other expecting twin parents in NYC whilst educating you on all the key areas in preparing for Twins. As certified professionals from the prestigious International Maternity and Parenting Institute, we combine the two essentials all new twin & triplet parents need – support and multiples expertise. The class is run by a renowned Twin Expert and are personalized so that all your concerns are addressed. Our services are recommended by OBGYNs and High Risk Medical Practitioners all over the country. We provide invaluable support to expecting parents allowing peace of mind to relax and continue to grow the Twins as long as possible or focus on bringing home the babies.


Topics Covered:

  • Labor and Delivery with Multiples – CSec and Vaginal Birth
  • Twin Baby Gear Essentials You Do and Don’t Need
  • Tandem Breast and Bottle Feeding Techniques
  • Feeding, Bathing and Sleeping – Step by Step Advice
  • Setting up a Successful Twin Nursery and Home
  • What to Expect in the First Few Weeks with Twins
  • Preparing Mom for a Twin Birth and the NICU
  • How to Find Extra Help from Baby Nurses to Doulas
  • Getting Out and About with Twins
  • Introducing Twins to Siblings and/or Pets
  • A Day in the Life of Newborn Twins
  • Selecting a Twin Appropriate Pediatrician
  • Educational Classes You Do and Don’t Need

Instructor Bio: Kate Dugan

Kate started teaching TLC’s Expecting Twins Class because she is passionate about enabling expectant parents of twins to enter into multiple parenthood prepared and equipped. Kate aspires to enable expectant parents to handle the unique demands and enjoy the fascinating journey that is parenting multiples. She is the proud mother of fraternal boy / girl twins. After her twins were born in 2014 and as she tried to juggle a demanding career with motherhood, Kate realized that she had a lot to learn about parenting multiples! She dove head first into twin parenting groups online and made use of the many resources available to her via the internet to learn as much as she possibly could. Seven months after giving birth to her twins, Kate ran the New York City marathon, which had been a dream of hers for several years prior. She jokes that the sleep deprivation of early days with twins gave her the mental toughness she needed to make it through. In 2016, when her twins were two, Kate completed her first Ironman triathlon. Kate is passionate about helping moms balance the demands of motherhood with a healthy and personally fulfilling lifestyle. You can reach Kate at katherine@twinloveconcierge.com for more information about TLC’s Expecting Twins Class.

Cost: is $125 / couple
Dates: January 5th, March 17th
Time: 10:00AM – 12:30PM

 
 

The Fourth Trimester: Building a Strong and Resilient Mother

The first weeks of motherhood are overwhelming and giving birth has taken a toll on your body…

Diastiasis Recti(DR) affects 66% of postpartum women, left untreated it can lead to incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and the common ‘mummy tummy pooch.’

The good news: you can learn the facts about DR from experts Michele McGurk (Danupt) and Rachel Welch (Revolution Motherhood). We will help you understand what is happening in your body and show you real life tools to optimize your post-partum healing.

Join us for a 2-hour experiential workshop at the Motherhood Center, and set yourself up for the best recovery possible!

  • We will accurately assess you for Diastatis Recti  
  • Teach you how to engage the correct core muscles 
  • And you will leave with a 10-minute daily exercise program that is safe and effective

*Pre-Crawling Babies Welcome


Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location:  The Motherhood Center, 205 Lexington Ave. 10th Floor
Price: $35


Michele McGurk, PT, WCS, PRPC is a clinical specialist in women’s health physical therapy and a certified pelvic floor therapist. She has an integrative and holistic approach to her evaluation and treatment, with a passion for increasing postpartum awareness. In practice for over 16 years, she has extensive clinical experience treating abdominal and pelvic health concerns. 

Rachel Welch, is a postpartum exercise specialist and creator of Revolution Motherhood. Her postnatal fitness programs are renowned for facilitating a full recovery after child birth. Rachel has over 20 years of yoga, fitness, shiatsu, nutrition and wellness coaching experience.