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.
 

Support Groups

Breastfeeding Clinics

Health and Wellness CLasses

Classes for Parents

Specialty Workshops

Doula Training


New and Expecting Mom's Morning 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.


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


Behavioral Skills group for New and Expecting Moms

Motherhood brings with it a whole host of new and different challenges. This time of intense transition and change can leave new or expectant mothers feeling at a loss about how to cope with and manage their feelings, changes in identity, and shifts in their relationships.

Our weekly skills group is designed for pregnant or postpartum mothers looking to learn concrete, tangible strategies to more effectively: manage stress and intense emotions, achieve balance between emotions and thoughts; increase communication with loved ones, and build confidence in their developing identity as a mother.  We drew from mindfulness-informed cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies to develop a unique curriculum designed for this particular time in a woman's life. 

Date: Every Monday
Time:
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cost: $100 per group (pending evaluation)


Partners Group

The transition to parenthood is difficult for moms and partners. 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:
Rotating Clinicians from The Motherhood Center Staff.
 

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


Tuesday Breastfeeding Intensive

This is a semi-private group setting, capped at four dyads, appropriate for more complicated cases that aren't appropriate for  large group format. Each mother will fill out a lengthy intake form with history, and will receive a personalized clinical care plan at the end of the session with follow up instructions.

This clinic is an opportunity for mothers to get the benefits of some group discussion with the careful individualized approach of a one-on-one session. It is also a way for mothers who don't live in Manhattan and are in treatment with TMC providers to get individualized IBCLC care on site by a provider who can chart with them. 

Pre-registration is required for this clinic  (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-clinic/
 

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.  

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Instructor Bio: Ayelet Kaznelson

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. 

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


Group Acupunture for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

TMC is happy to host Common Point, a modern acupuncture clinic in TriBeCa. Common Point is on a mission to make acupuncture more accessible by simplifying the language of Chinese medicine and lowering the cost of service.

Class Description:

Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese medicine, a holistic system that also focuses on lifestyle medicine.  Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles that elicit our body’s feel good hormones, increase circulation and help our body move into the “rest + digest” state of healing which will helps address many postpartum conditions, including anxiety and depression.

You can expect to rest for 20-30 minutes while retaining needles. Your practitioner will include needles that help specifically to balance brain chemistry and to address your specific concerns.

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Instructor Bio: Holly Crafts

Holly Crafts is a licensed acupuncturist and received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. After graduating, she maintained a private practice while also working in a busy and thriving group practice, City Acupuncture of New York, in lower Manhattan. As a high volume clinic, there she was able to see and treat many and varied conditions, while refining her skills and treatment strategies. Holly put a pause on practice to focus on family while her kids were still little. She is thrilled to return to regular practice at Common Point.

Date: Every Monday
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: $40


The Working Moms' Workshop

The Working Moms' Workshop is a special one-day event where like-minded modern, employed moms can get to know each other and talk about how it all works. We'll gather with wine and snacks and unwind in a positive, facilitated discussion to discuss: 

  • Finding and maintaining excellent childcare

  • Breastfeeding and pumping issues

  • Sleep issues for working moms

  • Finding “me-time”

  • Negotiating boundaries at work

  • Getting “everything else” done

  • Co-parenting with your partner when you’re both employed

  • Your relationship with your baby

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Instructor Bio: Meredith Fein Lichtenberg

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: December 9
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $105


BIRTH PARTNER 101

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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. 

Instructor Bio: Shahar Lion

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/


Dates: December 1
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Price: $150 (per couple)


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.


Supporting Healthy Relationships During the Transition to Parenthood


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.


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Moshe Moeller, Ph.D., M.A., is a clinical psychologist specializing in parenting, family therapy, paternal mental health, and cross-cultural fatherhood. Over the past five years he has been conducting and presenting fatherhood research and has been providing clinical services for male caregivers and their families from diverse backgrounds. Moshe received his B.A. in psychology from Queens College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology. He is currently the Clinical Coordinator of Supporting Healthy Relationships at Montefiore Medical Center.


Expecting NYC Classes

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At Expecting(nyc), we want to reframe the expectation mindset to include the understanding that, although we may have hopes, dreams, and aspirations for a certain outcome surrounding our pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience, we ultimately cannot control this outcome. However, we can work towards changing our relationship to the curveballs life throws at us  in birth and in life.
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bECOMING US: fOUR WEEK coURSE

In Becoming Us  you'll explore the steps through early parenthood, from nesting in your first weeks of family, through managing the most common concerns for new parents in your first few months, to finding middle ground for the normal but challenging new parenthood differences that may arise with your partner over your next few years. You'll find your North Star. The best direction to head for. The easiest path through the toughest terrain. Maybe just in time for your next baby!

Becoming a parent is a major life transition and 92% of couples report increased conflict in their relationship following the birth of their baby. The Becoming Us class is designed to help you “baby proof” your relationship by learning how to identify the underlying causes of conflict and help prevent it from happening in the first place.

Becoming Us, by Elly Taylor

Instructor: Kristy Zadrozny

Kristy Zadrozny, is NYC’s resident Labor and Postpartum Doula faculty member for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), additionally, she is the only Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting facilitator and Becoming Us Facilitator in NYC. Since 2010, Kristy has dedicated Expecting(nyc), her private practice, to support women and their families as they journey through the childbearing years. She has witnessed and supported thousands of families during the transformational period of pregnancy, birth and parenting. Kristy specializes in mindfulness based theory and practice, family relationship dynamics and professional education for doulas, as it applies to the perinatal period.
 

Dates: Tuesdays, Nov 27 - Dec 18
Time:  6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost:  $424.35 (Couple)/ $213.20 (Single)


Mindfulness-Based CHildbirth and Parenting: Nine Week Course

This Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program is a nine-week practical preparation course. The process of childbirth can be overwhelming, exciting, scary, and thrilling. This class offers you valuable tools to get through the transformational process of birth and prepares you for parenting. Most importantly, it offers you a framework for applying evidenced-based mindfulness techniques to your daily life, starting from the first class.

The teaching of mindfulness through the MBCP program is fully integrated into the current knowledge of the psycho-biological processes of pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period, and the psycho-biological needs of the newborn and infant.

 

Included in the course are a variety of practices like

  • Mind-body pain coping practices,

  • Positions for labor

  • The physiology of childbirth

  • Breastfeeding

  • Understanding labor and birth from a mind-body perspective

  • Coping with the postpartum adjustment period from a physical and emotional perspective

  • Setting up support systems for the postpartum time

Clinical observations and qualitative data from post-course questionnaires show that pregnant women and their partners consistently report an

  • Increase in confidence

  • Decrease of fear of childbirth

  • An overall sense of well-being

  • Increased ability to manage stress in everyday life

  • Couples report improved relationships and more effective communication.

  • The pleasure of connection with a community of others is an additional health benefit.

Course Materials:

Mindful Birthing, by Nancy Bardacke

Guided Meditations

Instructor: Kristy Zadrozny

Kristy Zadrozny, is NYC’s resident Labor and Postpartum Doula faculty member for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), additionally, she is the only Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting facilitator and Becoming Us Facilitator in NYC. Since 2010, Kristy has dedicated Expecting(nyc), her private practice, to support women and their families as they journey through the childbearing years. She has witnessed and supported thousands of families during the transformational period of pregnancy, birth and parenting. Kristy specializes in mindfulness based theory and practice, family relationship dynamics and professional education for doulas, as it applies to the perinatal period.
 

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 22nd - Mar 19th (All Day Retreat Saturday, Mar 2nd)
Time:  6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost:  $635.50 (Couple)/ $318.77 (Single)


2019 Doula Training

Expecting(nyc) offers the only Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) Labor Doula Training in NYC. Kristy Zadrozny, our founder, will teach you how to apply basic mindfulness techniques, theory, and practice to your personal life and your work as a professional Doula. Kristy incorporates story telling, humor, and interactive practices to create a fun, inspiring, and soulful workshop experience. Kristy weaves together her two passions - the evidence based, professional CAPPA certified training curriculum and her experience as a Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Educator, to bring you a grounded, multifaceted approach.

Our ultimate goal is to live in a world where more women and families are emotionally supported through pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. That is why we open our Doula training to anyone who shares our vision. This may be a shift from a traditional Doula training in that we really focus on how we can support the expectant family as a larger community. We want to see not only prospective professional Doulas, but sisters, grandmothers, other perinatal professionals, and friends at our training. All Expecting (nyc) Doula Training Courses give participants a strong framework for starting a career as a professional Doula, a mindful understanding of the birth process, and a realistic understanding of the postpartum period.

Instructor: Kristy Zadrozny

Kristy Zadrozny, is NYC’s resident Labor and Postpartum Doula faculty member for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), additionally, she is the only Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting facilitator and Becoming Us Facilitator in NYC. Since 2010, Kristy has dedicated Expecting(nyc), her private practice, to support women and their families as they journey through the childbearing years. She has witnessed and supported thousands of families during the transformational period of pregnancy, birth and parenting. Kristy specializes in mindfulness based theory and practice, family relationship dynamics and professional education for doulas, as it applies to the perinatal period.

Dates: Sat & Sun: Jan 19th/20th, Mar 9th/10th, May 18th/19th, Jul 27th/28th,
Oct 5th/6th, Dec 7th/8th
Time: 9am -7pm
Cost: $550


Carriage House Classes

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At Carriage House, we have culled our shared birth and postpartum experiences and training to develop a strong, interesting and fun classroom experience. We believe that it is best to fill your perinatal tool bag with as many options as possible, therefore we teach what is most useful and use what we feel are the best elements from the various laboring and healing methods that are out there today. Whether at home, in a hospital or birth center, we believe that good outcomes happen when fear is replaced by confidence and understanding of the gestational body and the very normal experience that is pregnancy, childbirth and the early postpartum period.
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Childbirth Education Weekend Intensive

The Carriage House Birth Intensive Childbirth Education Deep Dive is a 10 hour, one weekend (Saturday, Sunday) commitment. 

Class covers but is not limited to:

* Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy and Birth
* Physical and Emotional Stages of Pregnancy
* Physical and Emotional Stages of Labor
* Pain Coping Techniques – from visualization to hands on, water and beyond
* Birth Preferences (formerly known as the birth plan) 
* Pain Management Options and hands on practice
* Labor Support–who to have at your birth
* Interventions and Induction
* Cesarean Birth
* Your Postpartum Body, Mind and Life


Instructor Bios: Samantha Huggins and Tia Dowling

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Samantha Huggins is a CHB certified intuitive birth doula, mother of two little kiddos, lactation counselor, childbirth educator and co-founder of The Code, a radical sex education program for tweens. Her journey into natural childbirth began early, having spent the latter half of her teens in a community that supported women and their right to birth in safe and celebrated environments of their choosing.  After devouring any and all media surrounding natural childbirth in preparation for the birth of her daughter, Samantha once again, found herself in a world nourished by belief in a woman’s harmony with her body. Energized by her own supported birth experience and of those around her, Samantha decided to pursue becoming a Birth Doula. By doing so, she hopes to empower and educate other expecting people and their partners so that they might realize their own capacity to work together with their bodies in the symphony that is the bringing of life.  Samantha will support and care for you through whatever birth process is best for you, be it home birth or hospital birth, whether vaginal or by ceasarean section. We go where you go, we birth how you birth. 

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Tia a Carriage House Birth certified birth and postpartum doula. She is trained in rebozo technique and comforting touch. Tia is a Childbirth Educator and is a certified lactation counselor.  She is a people person who has worked in the social work field in many capacities over the last 20 years when she decided to round out her work by becoming a birth and postpartum doula.  As a mother herself, her passion for supporting families, is deeply rooted. Tia is equally fascinated and knowledgeable about the conception element of parenthood as her journey with infertility started almost nine years ago.  She struggled to get pregnant for more than 7 years finally birthing an amazing little boy!

Dates: December 1-2
Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: $400 per couple


Birth Day Presence

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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 10,000 families!


Express Childbirth Class

This class is best for expectant parents with limited time, 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, vocalization and much more

  • Pain Medication Options

  • Understanding Medical Support or Interventions and Induction

  • Cesarean Birth and Prevention

Date: November 19th, December 10th
Time: 6:30pm -9:30pm
Cost: $295

Price is per couple or single + support person.