SUPPORT GROUPS & CLASSES

The Motherhood Center offers a full array of classes and support groups for all new and expecting mothers - and partners too! From childbirth preparation, to breastfeeding support, to groups for new and expecting moms experiencing depression and anxiety - there is menu of options to meet you where you are at on your perinatal journey.
 

CLASSES OFFERED By THE MOTHERHOOD CENTER

Prenatal Yoga Center CLASSES

BIRTH DAY PRESENCE CLASSES

RACHEL WELCH CLASS


New and Expecting Mom's Morning PMAD Support Group (Day Class)

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.


Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 10am – 11am
Cost: $25 per class


New and Expecting Mom's Evening PMAD Support Group (Night Class)

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.

Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: $25 per class


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. 
 

Date: Every Friday
Time: 9:45am-10:45am
Cost: $25 per session


Tuesday Breastfeeding Clinic

This clinic is a very special opportunity to get the full assessment of an individual consult at a fraction of the price in a semi-private setting. Attendance is capped at four mom-baby pairs. As with a breastfeeding support group, discussion will be open, friendly and non-judgmental, and the setting is social, but we can address more complicated infant feeding situations because of our small size and the clinical focus. You will leave with a written care plan to help you on your way.

Pre-registration is required for this clinic https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=15631600&appointmentType=6409721  (OK to register the morning of). After you register, you will need to complete an intake form to submit in advance so that I am ready for you when you arrive.  Note: it is totally okay to come a little late, since we will be working on more than one mom's breastfeeding concerns. More information about the clinic and about the facilitator can be found http://www.amotherisborn.com/breastfeeding-cinic/
 

Instructor Bio
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. 

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 2:45 pm– 4:15 pm
Cost: $125 / session
*Limit 4 new moms at a time


thursday breastfeeding clinic

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.  

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Cost: $50 - A scale is available

 
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Instructor Bio
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. 


Pregnancy Project: Workplace Rights for the Modern Mom

Dates: September 25, November 13
Time: 6pm-8pm
Cost: $45

This class can be taken during pregnancy and before you return to work. We will cover issues including:

  • Taking leave from your job
  • Asking for accommodations from your employer, including if you are dealing with Postpartum Depression
  • Recognizing and combating pregnancy discrimination
  • Contesting a medical bill
  • How to obtain a free breast pump
  • How to enroll your child in health insurance
  • Wage and hour laws, if you are hiring help at home


Instructor Bios

Rosa Aliberti
Rosa has worked on diverse labor and employment law matters, including wage and hour cases; workplace investigations; severance, employment, and non-compete agreements; has drafted and responded to discrimination complaints before government agencies, including the U.S. EEOC and NYS Division of Human Rights; and, has assisted in federal and state court litigations.

Alex Berke
Alex provides advice and counsel regarding health insurance and COBRA eligibility for employees and employers. Alex litigates and provides advice and counsel on sex harassment and discrimination cases, including pregnancy, disability, race and gender discrimination. 


 

Twin Love Concierge Class: Expecting Twins

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: $150 / per couple
Dates: July 21, September 22, November 10
Time: 10:00AM – 1PM


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Birth can be a great opportunity to bond with your partner. Learning simple but profound hands-on tools to support a pregnant woman during pregnancy, comfort her during labor, ease the pain during birth and attend her needs during postpartum can be transformative.

I’m excited to offer a Mother’s Day special discount for Birth Partner 101 in May, June and July. You can get it for you or as a gift!

The code is valid only if you register until May 14th. Use promo code MOTHERSDAY to get $10 off.

BIRTH PARTNER 101

Description:

In this workshop you will learn how to provide comfort for the mother, gain confidence as a partner and develop an effective communication as a "birth team". Whether you are having a medicated or unmediated birth, you will learn practical hands on skills, breathing techniques and excellent positions that helps to relieve pain, manage fear and help to connect with each other during the labor, birth and postpartum periods. Partners will learn efficient ways to provide self-care for themselves and how to attend and comfort the mother with useful body-mind resources. Pregnant women and their partners will gain confidence and reassurance from each other and from other participants by discussing any subject to ensure that you feel ready and confident to birth.

***This workshop is open for pregnant people at any stage of pregnancy and their birth partners. 
***No background in yoga and movement is required. 
***This workshop is an excellent complement to Childbirth Education classes. 

About Shahar:

Shahar Lion, LMSW is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in women’s health. She holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University and postgraduate training in Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Shahar is a well-respected prenatal yoga teacher and a certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute. She has worked with pregnant women, their families and birth community in New York City for a decade. Shahar made a valuable contribution in the Birthing community in NYC on the topics of anxiety, perinatal depression, trauma, mood disorders and movement. She meets clients for therapy at her private practice, TrueThriver in midtown Manhattan and in a secure online sessions. Shahar teaches yoga at clients' home and yoga studios around NYC.

For any questions and to learn more about Shahar Lion’s practice go to: https://www.truethriver.com/ OR https://www.shaharlion.com/


Price: $150 (per couple)

 

Date:
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm


 

Supporting Healthy Relationships
During the Transition To Parenthood

For more than a decade, Montefiore’s Supporting Healthy Relationships program has empowered thousands of couples in the New York area to achieve success within their families and finances. Through our FREE psychoeducational workshops, family support services, and employment services, couples have had the opportunity to meet other couples, spend quality time together, improve their communication, and find employment—ultimately ensuring healthy, happy, stable families.

SHR is thrilled to bring our FREE program to The Motherhood Center to help new parents with the transition to parenthood. The 9-week workshop is based on The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) curriculum, a research-based and research-tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the goal of BBH is to equip you with the knowledge and skill sets needed to constructively cope with the various changes that typically occur during the first few years after your baby is born.
 

During this dedicated 3-hour “date night,” you and your partner will learn how to:

  • Strengthen your friendship
  • Increase intimacy and affection
  • Prevent harmful fights
  • Improve communication
  • Master the art of compromise
  • Create positive interactions with your baby
  • Negotiate co-parenting strategies
  • Recognize signs of postpartum mood disorders

Eligibility:

  • Both partners are 18 years or older
  • In a committed relationship
  • Expecting a child or have a child age 0-1 (biological, foster, or adopted)

 
Cost: FREE*
Dates: Tuesdays

July 17 & July 24 (intakes)
July 31-September 25 (9-week workshop)

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. (dinner will be served)

*Note: While you are welcome to bring your baby to the intake appointment, the workshops themselves are intended as a “date night” for the couple to spend quality time together focusing on their relationship, so only the couple should attend without the child.

*This program is FREE, as it is a federally funded program part of a national research study. Couples will receive light meals during each workshop, as well as childcare reimbursement and transportation support for their participation. 

To enroll, couples must first attend an intake appointment that includes an interview and survey completion. For more information and to register, please call Jacqueline Rodriguez at 914-268-7933.
 

Instructor Bios

Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., Ed.M., M.A., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in couple and family therapy, multicultural psychology, and maternal mental health. She has been researching and writing about diverse couples, with a particular interest in intercultural couples, for the past decade. She received her B.A. in English from Yale University, Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has specialized training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and is also a Certified Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Educator. She is currently the Program Director of Supporting Healthy Relationships at Montefiore Medical Center, a federally funded marriage and relationship education program for couples. She and her husband live in Brooklyn with their 2-year-old son and dog, and are expecting their second child in October 2018.


Bruce Pajot, M.Div, MA, LMHC, LPC, is a licensed counselor and works as a couples and individual therapist in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Since 2007, he has also worked as a counselor and relationship educator at Montefiore Medical Center, as a part of a workshop based, federally funded program to help couples improve their relationship. He has contributed to the development of the curriculum used in these workshops. As a counselor/therapist, he has worked with approximately 800 couples and led approximately 900 relationship workshops. Bruce has specialized training in Gottman Method Therapy, PREP Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Bruce has a rich background of diverse experience including working as a nuclear engineer, high school teacher, minister and public speaking consultant. He has been married for 43 years and is the father of two adult daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. He holds a M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and an MA from Nyack College.


Prenatal Yoga Center Classes

 

Pregnancy is a unique and wondrous time in life. As a yoga center we help parents and children openly explore the mind, body, and spirit. Using a three-pronged approach to teaching, our classes address the aches and pains of pregnancy, so students feel better each day. We foster a supportive community of friendship and integrate childbirth education into our classes to help you feel prepared and empowered for labor, delivery, and motherhood.
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BABY & ME YOGA

Baby and Me Yoga focuses on strengthening the spiritual, emotional, and physical bond between parent (or caregiver) and child. Using interactive, slow-moving postures, the class is ideal for adults and babies 4 weeks to crawling. Class also includes infant massage and various exercises that assist the development of your child’s motor skills. Baby and Me will help carry you smoothly through the busy early months of caring for a new baby.

Instructor: Lindsay O’Brien
Lindsay O’Brien has been practicing yoga since 2003.  Her yogic journey began when she took her first Hatha Yoga class while studying at Eastern Connecticut State University.  In May 2007 Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts from ECSU.  In that same year she completed the Sierra Bender Wholistic Yoga Therapy Training with Sierra Bender and Dr. Jeff Migdow.  Lindsay is also trained in pre/postnatal yoga and children’s yoga.

Lindsay has always been fascinated and inspired by the cycles of nature especially the transformations that occur for women during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.  Her passion to learn more and enhance her teaching skills guided her to the Prenatal Yoga Center where she completed her prenatal yoga training with Debra Flashenberg and Nikita Maxwell.  In 2010 her inspiration to support and assist women during childbirth expanded when she became a DONA Trained Birth Doula.  As a birth doula Lindsay provides continuous labor support to families throughout New York City.  Lindsay currently teaches group yoga classes at different locations throughout the city and also offers private lessons tailored towards her clients specific needs.

In Lindsay’s teaching and when supporting families in childbirth the room is filled with her gentle spirit, enthusiasm and gratitude towards life.


Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $25 per class


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 10,000 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: Sept 26
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm


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


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: Sept 29
Time: 10am-4pm


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: Sept 17
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: Sept 24
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm


rachel welch classes

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Rachel Welch is the founder of Revolution Motherhood, a fitness method tailored to heal and strengthen postpartum bodies. Her signature program, Foundations, integrates yoga, pilates, bootcamp, barre and soft foam rolling, and stems from the ultimate experiment of rehabilitating her own postpartum body. You can experience Rachel’s transformative work in New York City where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She also offers on-line video programs on her website. You can read more about her work and view her latest class schedule at www.revolutionmotherhood.com.


Embodied Motherhood

Date: Saturdays, July 14, Sep 8
Time: 10am-11am

Join Revolution Motherhood founder, Rachel Welch, as she guides you through your post-partum body and teaches you how to re-connect to your body, mind, heart and movement practices after giving birth.
Explore common post-partum injuries:

  • Diastasis recti
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Incontinence and weak joints

And learn real tools to make a full recovery

Using soft foam rollers, your breath and expert cueing, Rachel will get you in touch with parts of yourself you haven’t experienced…in a long time.

You will walk away feeling open, moved and armed with the knowledge you need to take the next steps in rebuilding your body, mind and thriving motherhood.

Whether it’s been 6 weeks or 16 years - it’s never too late to heal and thrive.

*Pre-crawling babies are welcome*

www.revolutionmotherhood.com