PROGRAMS

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS WITH OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS AND WORKSHOPS TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER!

Become a part of our vibrant SUPPORT SPACE FOR expecting and new families!

When navigating pregnancy or the fourth trimester, there are going to be things we wish someone had told us, things we wish we had help with and things we just need a wider lens on. Through our Caring for New Parents and Infants program, we aim to support this unique, acute and special time for a brand new family.

HOW the PROGRAM WORKS:

We have individualized virtual visits, in-person baby play and yoga classes, and monthly workshops. All of our offerings are financially accessible and financial assistance is available.

For individual visits, please click each service to schedule.

For classes or workshops, please see our schedule of dates and register below.

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

Expecting & new families, please look through the individual services we offer. You are welcome to select one or all — depending on your needs. We recommend working with more than one provider as this way, you will receive intentional continuity of care.

PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SUPPORT

Our licensed perinatal mental health counselor will check in to assess and support your transition into parenthood by engaging with you on a psychological and emotional level. This ensures you that you have access to resources, should you need them.

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION PREPARATION

Our childbirth educator is committed to demystifying the childbirth process for you. Whether you want to take her Comfort Techniques, Childbirth Ed 101, Induction Basics or Prep for Cesarean Birth classes, she is ready and available to help you ask the right questions as you get ready for your baby’s birth.

POSTPARTUM PREPARATION

If you’re curious about what you need to have on hand for the postpartum period, we’d love to help. Our postpartum specialist will talk to you about safe sleep plans, self-care plans and ideas about the best emotional and physical setup for your postpartum period.

LACTATION COUNSELING

Our lactation counselor supports healthy infant feeding with conversations about positions, latching, pumping and storage – and whatever questions you may have about the new and invaluable practice of feeding your infant.

POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE

Our postpartum doulas can support you in learning about normal newborn behavior, eating habits, sleep, play, safe spaces in your home, baby wearing and so much more. Postpartum doulas are experts in the needs and experiences of a brand new family.

PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY CONSULTATION

As your body has gone through changes in your pregnancy and postpartum, it is vital to have a trusted source to ask questions and get information from about whatever may be going on. Our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist offers you a dialogue to help you think about what you may need next.

DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY CONSULT

Our developmental play expert is a pediatric physical therapist who will talk to you about spending time with your infant in safe spaces that support infant development, milestones and healthy growth. You’ll look at toys together, think about things like tummy time and more to encourage your baby’s unique learning experiences.

WORKSHOPS

There’s so much to learn about the joys and challenges of pregnancy, labor and immediate postpartum. We’ve curated thorough list of workshops that cover the whole continuum of childbearing, from conception through adjusting to family roles. Take a look at our offerings, check out our A-list educators and click through for scheduled dates!

Current Workshops:

BABY LOVE+PLAY GYM IN-PERSON SERIES

Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 27

9AM to 10AM, babies 0 – 8 months
10:15AM to 11:15PM, babies 8 – 18months

Join our Baby Love+Play Gym, hosted by pediatric physical therapist and play expert Donna! Bond with your baby and spend time with other local parents at our in-person classes! Babies will explore their senses and use fun and play to support their growth and development.

Register Here

INFANT CPR

Sunday, Dec 4 10AM-12PM  

Sunday, Apr 2 10AM-12PM

Infant CPR is a class that teaches lifesaving skills for infant choking relief in the comfort of your home. This class is great for new parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, and anyone who wants to learn CPR skills. Certificate cards are not given at the end of this class.

Register here!

CESAREAN BIRTH, YOUR PELVIC FLOOR AND OPTIMAL HEALING

Sunday, Jan 15 10AM – 12PM

Pelvic floor physical therapy can majorly aid in the recovery after a cesarean birth. In this workshop we will go over the ways that a pelvic floor physical therapy can help with recovery using practical, hands-on techniques such as scar massage to help prevent scar tissue build up and puckering, education and resources, we will focus on optimal body function and physical healing.

Register Here

IN-PERSON: PHYSICAL THERAPY THROUGH PLAY FOR BABIES

Sunday, Mar 19 10AM- 12PM

A revolutionary class for parents and babies who may have been diagnosed with tongue tie, torticollis, plagiocephaly, or any other common but challenging newborn and infant considerations. Join Dr. Donna and local parents or caretakers in-person to learn useful massage techniques and playful therapeutic movements to make baby exercise less stressful and isolating.

Register Here

Newborn Prep And Safety

Sunday, Feb 19 10AM – 12PM

Sunday, May 21 10AM – 12PM

This newborn care prep class is full of practical ideas to make the time after birth bonding and supportive for parents and their new baby. We’ll also focus on newborn norms and safety topics such as safe sleep surfaces and practices, how to spot signs of distress in a newborn, tips to soothe a fussy baby and more. This program is recommended for expectant persons and partners or support people.

Register Here

Birth story writing workshop SERIES

TBD for Dates

Join our series of six writing sessions with professional writer and editor, Sara Nolan. Birth stories can help us process and place the incomparable event of our child’s birth into the larger context of our lives. The birth of a child is such a momentous occasion and writing down the whole of the journey keeps the memory accessible. Creative writing can also be deeply therapeutic, helping to work out and articulate some of the bigger and more complex feelings associated with childbirth. Spots are limited, please reserve yours ASAP.

VIRTUAL DROP-IN SLEEP SUPPORT CIRCLE

Every first and third Friday of the month at 10am!

Join Crystal Malone for a reoccurring virtual drop-in sleep support circle. Share in a community space that supports a non-judgmental, welcoming approach to the challenges and accomplishments of newborn and infant sleep. Topics covered include sleep safety, sleep methods, education around the norms of newborn and infant sleep, feeding and sleeping, self-care, and more. Carve out time for you and spend it with a group of like-minded peers.

Fill out my online form.

MICRO DIAPER BANK

We run a micro diaper bank on site at the Marks JCH. We house a small amount of diapers available for qualified expecting and new parents. We have diapers for babies ages 0-18 months or up to size 6. Please get in touch to donate diapers or other immediate postpartum/newborn essentials or to inquire about the micro diaper bank. You can email [email protected] with any questions!

If you want to donate diapers or other postpartum essentials, here are some options:

Email us to donate any extra or new diapers you have [email protected]

Buy diapers from our Amazon wishlist (and they ship here!)

Donate funds directly here and in the comments section specify “diaper bank” https://www.jchb.org/donate/

 

CONTACT US

Laura Vladimirova
Women’s Center Director
718-943-6394