Support Groups & ClASSES
1 in 5 pregnant new moms experience PMADs - other wise referred to as postpartum depression (PPD). Being around other new moms that feel the same as you can feel incredibly supportive most importantly help you feel like you are not alone.
CLASSES OFFERED BY THE MOTHERHOOD CENTER
- New Mommy REAL TALK
- New and Expecting Mom's PMAD Support Group
- Partners Group
- Tuesday Breastfeeding Clinic
- Thursday Breastfeeding Clinic
- Expecting Twins Class
- Difficult Birth Group
- Pregnancy Project: Workplace Rights for the Modern Mom
- Twin Love Concierge: Expecting Twins Class
- Birth Partner 101
BIRTH DAY PRESENCE
- Infant CPR and Safety
- Childbirth Class: Weekend Intensive
- Childbirth Class: One Day Intensive
- Childbirth Class: Express
- Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Class
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
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.
Dr. Chuck Schaeffer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognized scholar, educator, and speaker who has spent nearly a decade working with parents, professionals, and couples to overcome reproductive challenges including insomnia, miscarriage & loss, postpartum anxiety and depression. Dr. Schaeffer is a published author and clinical faculty at NYU, who’s clinical expertise has been featured in Psychology Today, Postpartum Support International, Huffington Post, Deloitte, Vice News, and Mom.me. He has worked with hundreds of clients in his private practice in Greenwich Village, NY and around the world, gaining a reputation for drawing out the best potential in people and organizations through his warm, genuine, insightful, solution focused style. Dr. Schaeffer trained and served as a clinician at Mount Sinai Medical School, William Alanson White Institute, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs while completing his Ph.D. at New York University. He currently serves as a clinical advisor and consultant to various reproductive mental health organizations including the Seleni Institute, Huddle, and the Motherhood Center.
Cost: $25 per class
Tuesday Breastfeeding Clinic
Many new parents have questions about how breastfeeding is going. This clinic is a chance to get your questions answered, meet other nursing moms, work on increasing comfort, and weigh your baby.
Cost: $50 - A scale is available
Date/Time: Tuesdays, drop in, 2:45pm-4:15pm
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Childbirth Educator, and a former lawyer. She has worked with over a thousand new families on the past fifteen years, teaching for every major parenting organization in New York City, at numerous major corporations, and in private consults. She served on the Board of Directors of the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York for over ten years. Meredith lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
Thursday Breastfeeding Clinic
Date/Time: Thursday’s, 3pm – 5pm
Cost: $50 - A scale is available
This clinic is designed for breastfeeding women and their babies. In a calm, non-judgmental group setting, women come together to address their breastfeeding questions and concerns from nipple pain to breast engorgement, issues with babies’ weight gain, pumping, going back to work, teething, introducing solid food and much more. If needed, we can weight your baby before and after the feeding to see how much milk your baby is getting and come up with a plan accordingly.
Ayelet Kaznelson, IBCLC is a Lactation Consultant and labor support doula. She brings her experience and expertise with helping over 10,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and their babies for the past 17 years. Ayelet strives to provide families with evidence-based information so that they can make informed decisions. Ayelet believes that each woman deserves to make her own choices, while being treated with respect and kindness, listened to, and to be assisted to meet her breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be. Ayelet has worked in many different settings such as the Elizabeth Seton birthing center, pediatric practices, the Realbirth Prenatal and Postpartum Center, and Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in LA to name but a few. She runs her private practice in Manhattan. Ayelet has two children: college student Zoë and middle schooler Liam.
Difficult Birth Group
Starting Monday, March 5th – Monday, April 9th (6 sessions)
Date/Time: 6 Mondays 3:30-4:30; Starting March 5th – April 9th
Cost: $150 for 6 sessions
There is so much focus these days on how to plan for the “perfect birth” that when a birth doesn’t go as anticipated it often comes as a terrible shock to a new mother. Grief, shame, and anger are just a few of the powerful emotions that may well up in a new mom who feels that she is somehow to blame for not having the birth she worked towards with such high hopes. To further compound things, a new mom may feel isolated with these emotions, which can exacerbate the negative feelings associated with the birth. All of which may overwhelm a new mom and make it harder for her to feel connected to her baby, and empowered in her role as a parent.
This group invites women who have had a difficult birth experience to process their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive space.
Goals of the group:
- To experience the healing impact of receiving feedback from other women who have had similar experiences and who can empathize with, and normalize each other’s emotional responses.
- To help members of the group create meaning through telling and making sense of their birth stories. This process facilitates the integration of this experience into their personal narratives, lessening its traumatic impact.
- To provide non-judgmental support in areas of parenting that may be particularly challenging after a difficult birth such as: feeding, sleeping, taking the baby outside, caring for a sick baby, etc. Additionally this group will focus on the importance of self-care for the new mom: how it positively impacts the mother-child bond, and ways to increase it.
- To encourage better coping skills that empower members to feel more secure in their choices as a parent, and to develop personal, and more realistic standards of what it means to be a good mom.
Allison Schwartz, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist specializing in adult psychotherapy. Dr. Schwartz received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and did her postdoctoral training at the Karen Horney Clinic (in affiliation with the American Institute for Psychoanalysis).
Dr. Schwartz completed her internship at the Manhattan V.A. Hospital, where she received extensive training in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as other clinical issues including depression, anxiety, sleep, addiction, and adjustment disorders. Prior to internship, Dr. Schwartz also participated in year-long trainings at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital (now Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s) Women’s Health Project, and Brooklyn College’s Counseling Center. Across these settings, Dr. Schwartz has had the wonderful opportunity to work with clients of varying ages, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations, providing her great familiarity and comfort working with people from all backgrounds.
In her private practice, Dr. Schwartz has a special interest in working with women’s issues, particularly pertaining to struggles with pregnancy, the birth experience, motherhood, and work/family balance. This interest continues to inform her psychotherapeutic work given the relevance of these challenges for so many women today.
Pregnancy Project: Workplace Rights for the Modern Mom
Dates: April 10, September 25 and November 13
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
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 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: 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.
- 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: Sara Rosenzweig Cribbs
Sara Rosenzweig Cribbs – TLC’s NYC associate, is an attorney and former high school science teacher who has called New York City home for almost 20 years. Sara is mom to 2.5yo boy/girl twins and has made it her mission to figure out all the ways to make urban life with multiples as easy as possible. She’s an active member and trained educator for her local babywearing community and is always delighted to help new twin moms figure out how to wear one or both babies. She’s also been involved in breastfeeding education and support groups, and is still nursing her toddlers, even after a rocky start. Sara has been at home with her twins since their birth and has thoroughly mined the NYC’s kid and family-friendly resources. Sara loves connecting new parents to the network, especially since she knows from experience how much caregivers can feel adrift without access to a supportive local or online village. During her pregnancy and in the early newborn days, Sara relied a lot on the advice of a few friends who’d been down the road of twindom before, and she credits the hacks and commiseration of other parents of multiples for getting her through that first year with her twins. Being an Associate with TLC allows her to continue to help spread knowledge and pay it forward by easing the concerns and burdens of families who are entering into their own amazing multiples journeys. You can reach Sara at email@example.com for more details on our New York City services.
Cost: $150 / per couple
Dates: March 17, May 19, July 21, September 22, November 10
Time: 10:00AM – 1PM
BIRTH PARTNER 101
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.
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.
Price: $150 (per couple)
Date: April 21
birth day presence classes
Founded in 2002, Birth Day Presence is the premier provider of smart, non-judgmental childbirth education, doula services and on-demand lactation support for savvy New Yorkers. Founded in 2002, Birth Day Presence is the longest-running and most trusted independent childbirth education and doula referral center in the city.
An Approach to Birth that Fits Your Family
We hand-select the best ideas and techniques from a range of childbirth traditions to provide NYC’s expectant and new parents with modern, practical education and support, helping to reduce the fear and anxiety around childbirth, while increasing the joy and pleasure of confidently becoming parents. Birth Day Presence has assisted over 7,000 families and is proud to provide exceptional service to all kinds of families
*Buy all 3 classes (childbirth, breastfeeding/newborn care, and infant CPR) and save 10%!
INFANT CPR and SAFETY
Our Infant CPR and Child CPR workshops will teach you the most up-to-date protocols in how to safely and effectively administer CPR in case of an emergency. These classes are great for parents, parents to be, grandparents, and caregivers. The 2hr class teaches the basics of infant CPR and safety for infants aged 0-1. Price is per couple. Additional attendees pay $85.
Price: $190 (per couple). Additional attendees pay $85.
Date: March 28, April 25
Time: 7PM - 9PM
childbirth class: weekend intensive
This class will be a blend of lecture, video, demonstration and practice and will include, but not be limited to: Gestation and Anatomy, Preparing your Body and How to Adapt to Its Changes, Signs, Stages and Emotional Signposts of Labor, Pain Management Techniques, Understanding Evidence-Based Care, Birth Preference Sheets (Birth Plans), Pain Medication Options, Labor Support (who should be at your birth), Understanding Medical Support (Interventions) and Induction, Cesarean Birth and Prevention and Postpartum Health.
Dates: March 10-11, April 28-29
Time: 10:00AM - 3:30PM
childbirth class: one day intensive
Childbirth Classes NYC. Founded in 2002, Birth Day Presence is the premier provider of smart, non-judgmental childbirth education for savvy New Yorkers. Routinely recommended by the top OBs and Midwives in NYC, we are one of the longest-running and most trusted independent childbirth education centers in the city. BDP hand-selects the best ideas and techniques from a range of childbirth traditions to provide NYC’s expectant and new parents with modern, practical education and support, helping to reduce the fear and anxiety around childbirth, while increasing the joy and pleasure of confidently becoming parents. BDP has assisted over 6,000 families.
The same material covered in our regular weekday and weekend intensive series, only all in one day.
Class is a blend of lecture, video, demonstration and practice and will include, but not be limited to:
- Gestation and Anatomy
- Preparing your Body and How to Adapt to Its Changes
- Signs, Stages and Emotional Signposts of Labor
- Pain Management Techniques: breathing, relaxation, position choices, massage, pressure points, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, vocalization and much more
- Understanding Evidence-Based Care
- Birth Preference Sheets (Birth Plans)
- Pain Medication Options
- Labor Support–who should be at your birth
- Understanding Medical Support (Interventions) and Induction
- Cesarean Birth and Prevention
- Postpartum Health
Price: $375 per class
Dates: Feb 17
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: Mar 7, Apr 3, Apr 24
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
Dates: Mar 12, Apr 16
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM