Classes & Support Groups

CLASSES OFFERED BY THE MOTHERHOOD CENTER

 
Ready to Parent


BIRTH DAY PRESENCE

Twin Love Concierge


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.


About Dr. D Bhatt:
Dr. D Bhatt is a Cornell trained psychiatrist with expertise in treating people who would benefit from professional insight in overcoming internal and external stressors that may be leading to dysfunction, or suboptimal function, at home, work or school. His clients are accustomed to a high level of achievement and performance but are suffering in their work place or relationships due to anxiety, thought disturbances, or mood-related conditions. He offers a comprehensive and direct approach, with idea that each person responds uniquely to different therapies, but all expect and deserve results. He has experience working with a wide array of patients with a variety of conditions. In addition to his medical training, Dr. D Bhatt is also a well published neuroscientist, exploring mechanisms by which neurons and neurocircuitry, damaged by injury, stress, development and/or disease, can be repaired to restore function fully. This keeps him at the cutting edge of treatment options for his patients.

Cost: $25 per class
Duration: Every Friday, from 2PM – 3PM


Parent-Infant Bonding Group

It is very common for parents to not feel an immediate bond with their new baby. The parent-infant bonding group is designed to help parents feel more connected to their infants. Through interactive activities and hands on learning experiences including guided baby massage, singing and reading and sensory activities, parents will begin to feel an a stronger bond with to their baby.

Instructor: Puri Carvajal
Puri Carvajal is an active birth Doula, Child Specialist and Lactation Counselor serving families in NYC since 2012. She is part of the team that runs the Early Head Start Perinatal Support program at Columbia University where she provides childbirth education, doula service and teaches infant and toddlers groups. Puri has a warm and practical approach to parenthood and its challenges and she creates a relaxed and safe environment to play and learn from your baby and other parents.


Cost: $25 per class / $130 for all 6 classes
Duration: Begins September 9
Time: 10AM – 11:15 AM


If you are registering for this class, please complete this questionnaire.


New Mom's Support Group - Spanish Speaking

This 8-week group is a supportive space where Spanish speaking moms can share their experiences and concerns, ask questions and create a community with other parents. The group is a place where women can talk about the profound changes to identity, relationships, work, body, etc. that birth and parenting bring.

Instructor: Puri Carvajal
Puri Carvajal is an active birth Doula, Child Specialist and Lactation Counselor serving families in NYC since 2012. She is part of the team that runs the Early Head Start Perinatal Support program at Columbia University where she provides childbirth education, doula service and teaches infant and toddlers groups. Puri has a warm and practical approach to parenthood and its challenges and she creates a relaxed and safe environment to play and learn from your baby and other parents.

Cost: $25 per class
Duration: Begins September 9th
Time: 11:30AM – 12:45PM

If you are registering for this class, please complete this questionnaire.

 

Grupo de apoyo para madres primerizas

Este grupo de apoyo de 8 semanas de duración es un espacio de acompañamiento donde las madres que se sienten mas cómodas hablando español pueden compartir sus experiencias y preocupaciones, hacer preguntas y crear una comunidad con otras madres. El grupo es el lugar para hablar de esos profundos cambios en la identidad de cada mujer, en las relaciones mas cercanas, el cuerpo, trabajo, etc. que le parto y la maternidad traen consigo.

Docente: Puri Carvajal
Puri Carvajal es Doula, Especialista en Niños y Consultora de Lactancia que trabaja sirviendo familias en New York des del 2012. Ella es parte del equipo que gestiona el programa de apoyo prenatal de Early Head Start Columbia University donde imparte clases de educación para el embarazo y el parto, ofrece servicio de doula y enseña grupos de bebes y niños pequeños. Puri aborda la maternidad y sus desafíos de una manera cercana y practica, y crea un ambiente relajado y seguro donde compartir y aprender de otras experiencias.


Coste: $25 por clase
Duración: Comienza el 9 de septiembre
Horario: 11:30AM – 12:45PM

Si se está inscribiendo en esta clase, por favor complete este cuestionario.


Breastfeeding Café Support Group

The breastfeeding cafè allows for mothers and their babies to receive lactation/breastfeeding support and to share their experiences with other mothers. Led by an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) you will have the opportunity to ask breastfeeding questions and concerns. This weekly support group meets for an hour and half, some light refreshments will be served with comfortable seating and open-forum discussion.


Instructor: Rosanna Terrero-Arnoux, RN CLC IBCLC CBE
Rosanna Terrero-Arnoux is a registered nurse and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Rosanna is a graduate of New York University.  She has been working in maternal-child health since graduating from nursing school. She has worked with women and babies in antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum, neonatal intensive care units.  She currently works at two major hospitals in New York City providing lactation support for women in the postpartum and neonatal intensive care units.  She also has her own practice as an in-home lactation consultant and teaching breastfeeding classes. 

Cost: $35 per class
Dates/Times:
Saturday, September 23rd 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Saturday, October 14th 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Saturday, November 11th 10:00AM – 11:30AM


Breastfeeding, Newborn Care and Baby Behavior

This class covers the basics of breastfeeding, newborn care and understanding your baby’s behavior.

  • Breastfeeding
    The prenatal breastfeeding/feeding goal of the class is to educate parents on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. We will cover topics on benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, how milk is made, breastfeeding positions and proper latching, common breastfeeding issues, how to tell your baby is getting enough, how to continue to breastfeed once mother returns to work, bottle feeding and safe formula preparation. Regardless what your feeding decision is, we will help you prepare on how to feed your baby!
  • Newborn Care
    This part of the class helps prepare parents on how to care for their newborn. Basic topics covered include how to bathe, diaper, swaddle, circumcision and umbilical cord care, safe sleep practices, newborn characteristics and appearance and general baby care.
  • Baby Behavior
    This section of the class is designed to educate parents on normal newborn behavior such as infant hunger cues, newborn sleep patterns, reasons for crying.  The goal is to empower parents on how to respond appropriately to their infant needs.  

 

Instructor: Rosanna Terrero-Arnoux, RN CLC IBCLC CBE
Rosanna Terrero-Arnoux is a registered nurse and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Rosanna is a graduate of New York University. She has been working in maternal-child health since graduating from nursing school. She has worked with women and babies in antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum, neonatal intensive care units. She currently works at two major hospitals in New York City providing lactation support for women in the postpartum and neonatal intensive care units. She also has her own practice as an in-home lactation consultant and teaching breastfeeding classes. 


Cost: $195 per class
Dates/Times:
Saturday, September 23rd 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Saturday, October 14th 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Saturday, November 11th 12:00PM – 1:30PM



Biohack your Baby Body

Join New York City’s 3 leading female forces in the health and fitness community as we dive deep into how to rehab and reclaim your body after baby. We’ll give you our tips and tricks to:

  • Heal your pelvic floor and c-section scar
  • Optimize how you move and breathe to prevent injury
  • Get in touch with your core muscles as you carry, feed, and hold your baby with better posture

Get ready to learn our insider tips and techniques that we give our patients and clients one on one. This class is hands on so be ready to experience a full body transformation as we move, breath, and heal together. 

Instructors:
Dr Emily Kiberd, Chiropractor
Melissa Paris, Personal Trainer
Lindsey Vestal, Pelvic Floor Therapist  


Dr Emily Kiberd is a chiropractor and owner of Urban Wellness Clinic a multi-disciplinary clinic focusing of elevating the health of her patients. She specializes in how the body compensates for scar tissue injuries like C-section scars and rehabbing the body similar to how we moved in the most primal way, like babies.

Lindsey Vestal is an occupational therapist specializing in pelvic health. Her company, the Functional Pelvis, offer pelvic floor therapy "house calls" throughout NYC. She is 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. 

Melissa Paris has 15 years of fitness and nutrition experience, graduating with a degree in dietetics and working as a personal trainer since college. Her Strong First Kettlebell certification as well as her continuing education with the Postural Restoration Institute gives her cutting edge knowledge to help many moms.


Cost: $50 for 2 hour workshop
Date/Time: November 1, 2017 Wednesday 6-8pm


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.

Fall Series:
Price: $850 for the package / $225 for individual classes
Dates: October 2, 3, 9, 10
Time: 6PM - 8PM


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: $175 (per couple). Additional attendees pay $85.
Date: Sept 25, Oct 25, Nov 25
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM


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
Dates: August 26-27, Sept 16-17, Oct 21-22, Nov 4-5, Dec 2-3
Time: 10:00AM - 3:30PM


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: Aug 23, Aug 24, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6
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: October 7, December 4
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: Saturday, October 14th, Saturday, December 9th
Time: 10:00AM – 12:30PM