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

Clinics

Health & Wellness Classes

Classes for Parents

Trainings


Support Groups


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.

Dates: Every Thursday and Tuesday
Time: (Thursday) 10:15am – 11:15 & (Tuesday) 12pm - 1pm Please note the time change for Thursday’s group
Cost: $25 per class

NEW! PMAD Support Group is now offered on Tuesdays from 12pm to 1pm, in addition to our regular Thursday morning group.

About Instructor: Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW

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Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Founding 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.


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.


Date: Every Friday, This class is reserved for only Day Program partners.
Time: 9:45am-10:45am
Cost: FREE

About Instructor:Paige Bellenbaum, lmsw

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Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Founding 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.


Clinics


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

About Instructor: Ayelet Kaznelson

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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. 


Health and Wellness Classes


Group Acupunture for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

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 help 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.

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

About Instructor: Holly Crafts

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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.


The Postpartum Body: Pelvic Floor, Core and Whole Body Connection

Have you been experiencing back pain, abdominal separation or leaking since becoming a mom?  Have you just not felt yourself?

If yes, join us for Pelvic Floor, Core and Whole Body Connection. In this specialized 4 week series, we will heal and strengthen your body, mind and soul to get you functioning better than you thought possible. Come and experience the power of healing through movement and exercise that is safe for a postpartum body.

The goal of this specialized workshop is to help women prevent and/or heal:

  • Back pain and hip pain

  • Abdominal and pelvic floor pain and weakness

  • Incontinence or involuntary loss of urine

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

This workshop will offer education and exercise instruction for proper posture, alignment, pelvic floor muscle function, body mechanics for breast/bottle feeding, lifting, and carrying your child, and abdominal strengthening post delivery.

Date: Tuesdays October 29 - December 3
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: $247 for entire class

About Instructor: Chantal Traub

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Chantal Traub is a Certified active birth doula, childbirth educator, pre/postnatal yoga teacher and MUTU® Systems trainer. She has been assisting expecting families in the New York Metro area since 2003. Chantal created her unique workshop, Pushing Power to help educate, inform and empower expecting parents to push effectively and prepare the pelvic floor for a functional and easeful delivery and optimal and full recovery postpartum. Chantal is passionate about helping expecting parents to prepare both body and mind for a positive birth experience and adjust to the emotional, physical and psychological demands of parenthood. Chantal specializes in postpartum recovery, helping moms heal their bodies and soul and find the their strength and calm in parenthood. She offers private and group sessions and workshops. Chantal resides in Brooklyn, with her husband and 2 children.


The Postpartum Body Connection: A guide to postpartum recovery and beyond.

Join Chantal Traub, Doula, Childbirth Educator & Women's Health Coach as she guides us through the changes of the postpartum body and offers simple tips and techniques to help the whole body connect and recover with more ease. In this session we will talk about how moms can gain more confidence in how her body looks, works and feels. We will explore underlying musculoskeletal/alignment causes of leaking, prolapse, pelvic pain, scars and diastasis recti. Dress comfortably as we will move. This is part education/part exercise and we will have time for questions.

This class is for all mothers wherever you are on your pre/postpartum journey. Once postpartum, always postpartum. It's never too late to heal.

Date: October 23rd, November 13th, December 18th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $67 per class

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Chantal Traub is a Certified active birth doula, childbirth educator, pre/postnatal yoga teacher and MUTU® Systems trainer. She has been assisting expecting families in the New York Metro area since 2003. Chantal created her unique workshop, Pushing Power to help educate, inform and empower expecting parents to push effectively and prepare the pelvic floor for a functional and easeful delivery and optimal and full recovery postpartum. Chantal is passionate about helping expecting parents to prepare both body and mind for a positive birth experience and adjust to the emotional, physical and psychological demands of parenthood. Chantal specializes in postpartum recovery, helping moms heal their bodies and soul and find the their strength and calm in parenthood. She offers private and group sessions and workshops. Chantal resides in Brooklyn, with her husband and 2 children.


Classes for Parents


Supporting Healthy Relationships During the Transition to Parenthood 12 week series

This is a 12 week series that occurs every Monday.

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 help new parents with the transition to parenthood. The 12-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

Date: Mondays, June 24th to September 16th, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM (dinner will be served).
Cost: FREE*

For more information and to register, please call Jacqueline Rodriguez at                    914-268-7933 or email at jacqrodr@montefiore.org.

INTAKE* (1.5-hours, all must complete)

Note: The workshop is intended as a “date night” for the couple to spend quality time together focusing on their relationship, so only the couple should attend without their child.

*This program is FREE, as it is a federally funded program part of a national research study. Couples will be provided dinner at each workshop, as well as roundtrip Metrocards and up to $400 (total) to go toward childcare reimbursement for their participation in the program. To enroll, couples must first complete several surveys (30-45 minutes) and an intake interview (30-45 minutes). The registration process can be completed in-person or remotely (via online surveys and phone interview).

About Instructors: sinéad Sant-Barket & Bruce Pajot

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Sinéad Sant-Barket, Ph.D., is a counseling psychologist whose professional interests focus on group counseling, couples and family therapy, multicultural psychology, & social justice. She has worked as a therapist at King’s County Hospital Center in Brooklyn as well as a counselor & educator at LaGuardia Community College & John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As a first-generation American of immigrant (West Indian and Irish) parents, she is committed to prioritizing diversity, inclusion, & social justice throughout her work. She received her Ph.D., M.Ed., & M.A. degrees in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, prior to which she pursued a dance career after obtaining her B.F.A. in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She lives with her daughter in Brooklyn, where they enjoy doing Zumba, listening to music, & dancing together.

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.

Learn more about Montefiore here.


Becoming Us

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.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 11th to October 2nd, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $450.00 per couple or $225 per single

Becoming Us is a series founded by Elly Taylor

About the instructor: Kristy Zadrozny

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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.

Learn more about ExpectingNYC Here.


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

Dates: Aug 3rd-4th, Sept 28th-29th, Oct 26th-27th
Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: $450 per couple

About Instructors : 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!

Learn more about Carriage House Birth Here.


From Diaper Duty to Day Job: Managing the Return from Maternity Leave

Practical Tips for Coping with This Major Life Transition                                           

Returning from work after your maternity leave can be daunting. Your daily life taking care of the baby couldn’t be more different from your life at the office. This transition comes with all kinds of dilemmas to be solved, like: How do I find good childcare?  How will I manage getting out the door? What if my colleagues are resentful?   

Take comfort new mother, you are not the first woman to go through this. In her super-practical presentation, Dr. Robyn Stein DeLuca will show you time-tested strategies for coming back to work with the least amount of stress possible. With some thinking and planning before you give birth, you can anticipate and handle the challenges of working motherhood.

You will learn:  

  •  To figure out which kind of childcare is best for you

  • Ways to smooth your baby’s transition to their new caregiver

  • How to prepare for and survive your first week back

  • Handy tips for limiting any potential colleague resentment

  •   When you actually need work/life imbalance

  • Why you can lose the guilt about going back to work

Dates: August 20th (3-5 PM) or September 17th (6-8 PM) *This class is offered on two different dates*
Cost: $80 per person

About Instructor: Dr. Robyn Stein DeLuca

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Robyn Stein DeLuca is a psychologist and postpartum consultant, providing speeches, seminars, and private coaching to help working women and managers navigate maternity leaves and returns with confidence. After fifteen years on the faculty at Stony Brook University teaching and researching how to cope with pregnancy and postpartum adjustment, she decided to apply her expertise and develop the Back to Business Parental Leave Support Programs. Dr. DeLuca’s commentary on gender issues, work/life balance, and parenting has appeared in national and international news outlets such as The Bump.Yahoo Finance, Fox5News, The Times (of London), the Huffington Post, the International Business Times, and the Voice of America.


playAGAIN

playAGAIN  is a customized program designed for babies, toddlers, and twos that supports their sense of wonder and budding development.  Through the exploration of open-ended and re-purposed materials, the program invites children, and adults, to be creative and engage in PLAY!

This 8-week series creates meaningful connections & firsthand discoveries through materials that engage their senses, cultivate their curiosity, and always allow room for experimentation, interpretation, and individual choice. Each class offers children a chance to PLAY, freely, and be the active, competent learners they are.

playAGAIN is based on the importance of unstructured PLAY for a child's development and social/emotional wellbeing. Children acquire knowledge and a deeper understanding of the world from repeating their experiences. Highlighting re purposed and recycled materials inspires their creativity and encourages resourcefulness. 

Dates: October 7 - November 25, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $400 for entire 8 week series

about the instructor: Lisa Zaretsky

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Lisa Zaretsky, a mom of 2 grown children and a lifelong early childhood educator, began working with young children straight out of college and never stopped!  

She received her Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education, worked for many years as a teacher in preschool settings, and started her own program, playAGAIN, in 2010.

 In all of Lisa’s original programs, children and families participate in the creative joys of reusing and recycling, tinkering and discovering, connecting and learning. Lisa has also created BookPLAY, BoxSTRUCTION, PLAYabilities, and TINKERtogether.
It’s process over product and PLAY is the focus.


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: October 22nd, 2019
Time: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $295, Price is per couple or single + support person.

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!


Doula TRAININGs


2019 Doula Training

Expecting(nyc) offers the only Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) Labor Doula Training in NYC. Kristy Zadrozny, the 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.

Dates: Sat & Sun: (2019) Jul 27th/28th, Oct 5th/6th, Dec 7th/8th (2020): Jan 25/26 March 21/ 22; May 9/10; July 25/26; Oct 3/4; Dec 5/6
Time: 9am -7pm
Cost: $550

About Instructor: Kristy Zadrozny

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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.

Learn more about ExpectingNYC here.