baby playing Developmental Play 101 (6/24/2021) by Laura Vladimirova You know that game of peek-a-boo you play with your baby that makes them giggle and their eyes light up? The good news is that this game is easy, intuitive, and fun. The great news is that peek-a-boo (and dozens… Read More >
Family volunteers Passover Food Volunteers + Women’s Center! (3/31/2021) by Laura Vladimirova The Women's Center and several other J departments plus dozens of volunteers got together to distribute hot meals to homebound Holocaust Survivors recently. A deep and sincere THANK YOU to the volunteers who joined us before the weekend to deliver… Read More >
tim-gouw-bwki71ap-y8-unsplash A Phone Call that Helped Keep Olga in College (3/3/2021) by Laura Vladimirova This article appeared here and shares the story of one of our recent Women's Center client's. Olga,* a single mom in Brooklyn, struggled to continue her education when she lost her job because of the Covid crisis and then developed… Read More >
Copy of Copy of Copy of FALL + WINTER The Power of Exploring Reproductive Cycles (11/11/2020) by Laura Vladimirova (From the publication At the Well: Kislev: Almost Every Torah Portion Talks About Dreaming  During Kislev, almost every Torah learning portion talks about dreaming. Long winter nights are near during Kislev. Dusk and darkness come faster; daylight leaves sooner. Kislev,… Read More >
girls Ilona’s Room is Back! (11/3/2020) by Laura Vladimirova We're thrilled to announce that Ilona's Room, a project generously funded by the Ilona Memory Fund, is back. This is a phenomenal project that is many years running where girls aged 9 - 14 participate in empowering and meaningful activities intended… Read More >
Micro diaper bank New Mom’s Micro Diaper Bank (10/21/2020) by Laura Vladimirova As the needs of our population continue to evolve due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are humbled to be able to open a micro diaper bank on site at the Marks JCH. We now house a small amount of free diapers… Read More >
prenatal yoga class FREE Virtual Prenatal Yoga for Aug & Sept! (8/19/2020) by Laura Vladimirova As part of our prenatal prep classes, we're excited to present FREE virtual prenatal yoga in partnership with NYC's Love Child Yoga! A practice designed just for pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga helps parents-to-be get ready emotionally and physically. through poses and… Read More >
baby sitting Sitting Secrets – You Don’t Want That Bumbo! (3/31/2020) by Dr. Donna Kleyman, PT, DPT New parents (and onlookers alike) are often enamored by their baby’s social skills. Everyone can appreciate a cute baby waving, pointing, and reaching for you – effectively communicating that they need attention ASAP. Around the time your baby is 6… Read More >
Mom and Child Sit together Self Love in the Time of Coronavirus: Mental Health Tips for Parents (3/24/2020) by Laura Vladimirova Originally posted here. These are trying times. In addition to all of the small worries parents carry around daily, we’ve now added Corona Virus (COVID-19) and all the unknowns that come with this unprecedented time. Many parents are going through… Read More >
NICU family An Ode to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Parents (3/3/2020) by Laura Vladimirova (Original can be found here: Parents of babies who have a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) face a higher risk of developing perinatal mood disorders (PMADs), like anxiety and depression, and they may be at greater risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Evelyn… Read More >
Baby ankle rattles toy Top 5 Ideas for Baby Play, From Day 0+ (1/27/2020) by Dr. Donna Kleyman, PT, DPT Congratulations on that beautiful bundle of baby! I still can’t believe such an important product comes without much of an instruction manual. A newborn doesn’t have much control over movement and uses the most subtle cues for communication, leaving new… Read More >
Baby swaddled in bed Swaddling: The Whys and the Hows (1/6/2020) by Dr. Donna Kleyman, PT, DPT Swaddling is an oldie but goodie when it comes to what babies like. Swaddling is the practice of wrapping a fussy baby in a blanket (or sleep-sack, zippered pouch, and whatever else the baby industry thinks of next). The intent… Read More >
what are pmads What Are PMADs? (12/9/2019) by Liza Mordkovich We place a lot of expectations on ourselves as mothers-to-be and birthing persons. We assume that happy, lovey, pure attachment, “I-need-to-be-with-my-baby-all-the-time,” feelings will naturally come to us as soon as we see our bundle. We expect the 9 months of… Read More >
newborn prep How To Be the Perfect Guest In A Postpartum Home (12/9/2019) by Jenny Block As a postpartum doula, I‘m lucky enough to witness my clients’ friends and family meeting a new baby for the first time. It’s a joyful occasion -- although sometimes these celebrations can leave the new family and the baby exhausted.… Read More >


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    Newborn & Infant Sleep: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know

    October 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Calling out to all expecting and exhausted new parents! Are you bouncing, rocking and walking in cir...

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    Newborn Prep and Safety

    November 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    This newborn care prep class is full of practical ideas to make the time after birth bonding and sup...

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    Baby Massage and Play: Newborn to Infant

    December 12 @ 10:00 am - December 19 @ 12:00 pm

    Nurturing touch and infant massage can improve sleep, digestion, increase bonding, and aid in neurol...

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    December 19 @ 10:00 am - December 26 @ 12:00 pm

    Nurturing touch and infant massage can improve sleep, digestion, increase bonding, and aid in neurol...

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    Birth Story Writing Workshop Series

    Jan 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am - Feb 13, 2022 @ 11:00 am

    Join our series of six writing sessions with professional writer and editor, Sara Nolan. Birth stori...

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    Virtual Infant CPR

    Feb 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Learn the crucial and invaluable skills that may save a child’s life....

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    Newborn Prep and Safety

    Apr 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Laura Vladimirova
Women’s Center Director