-Join us at the New York Baby Show! The family-friendly event for new and expectant parents with infants and toddlers from the Tri-State area and beyond will take place on the weekend of May 18-19, 2013.
-In honor of the New York Baby Show, you can enter our Ultimate Nursery Giveaway, compliments of Bellini, a brand new Stella collection designed by Newport Cottages.
-Plus, check back regularly at newyorkfamily.com for our weekly stroller giveaways leading up to the New York Baby Show!
If you are pregnant in the city, this much is for sure: You will not have to go on the journey alone. In addition to your OB-GYN, there are many wonderful education, exercise, and support classes and groups. Here are some of our favorites:
At 92Y, parents and parents-to-be can be part of a vibrant community, make lasting friendships, and build important support networks. Pre-natal offerings include: Baby Toddler/CPR and Safety; Becoming Parents: A Primer for Parents-To-Be; Breastfeeding Workshop; Caring for a Newborn; Lamaze Complete Childbirth Preparation; Dad’s Boot Camp; Prenatal Yoga; Prenatal/Postpartum Nutrition Counseling; and Miscarriage Support Group (new). Post-natal offerings include: New Parent Get-Togethers (newborn to 12 months); Breastfeeding Support Group; New Mother, New Baby (newborn to 5 months); Yoga for Mommy and Baby; Rock ‘n’ Roll with Baby (5-9 months); Shape Up With Baby (6 weeks to 9 months); and Baby Massage (2-5 months). 92y.org
Baby In The Family
Baby in the Family specializes in prenatal education and postpartum support. Founded by Andrea Syms-Brown in 2006, workshops are hosted at various locations in the city. Their Caring for a Newborn Baby workshop concentrates on practical care routines such as diapering or bathing. The How to Breastfeed workshop focuses on breastfeeding techniques and routines for newborns through their first thirty days. Andrea also provides individual postpartum support in NYC and the tri-state area. She also currently serves as President of the New York Lactation Consultant Association. babyinthefamily.com
Birth Day Presence
BklynBirth offers private and group childbirth education classes covering the labor and birth process as well as postpartum, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Classes are taught by three local midwives (all mothers) with years of experience taking care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. BklynBirth believes that pregnancy and childbirth are normal, physiologic processes and the less unnecessary intervention that is used, the healthier the outcomes are for mother and baby. They don’t follow one particular school of childbirth education, but take what they’ve seen to be the most useful tools of various childbirth preparation methods with a focus on breathing, massage, position changes, and stress and anxiety reduction. bklynbirth.com
Fitnotic is devoted to keeping women healthy and strong through pregnancy and motherhood. Sheryl Wilson, founder of Fitnotic and mother of two, accomplishes this by ensuring that moms develop sufficient core strength to safely exercise and handle the physical demands of their day-to-day lives. Minimizing abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and developing functional core strength is at the heart of all of Fitnotic’s offerings, including one-on-one private training, customized online training programs, and group fitness classes such as pre/postnatal hoopdance, boot camp, and kickboxing. Workouts are fun and effective and leave moms feeling empowered. fitnotic.com
Karma Kids Yoga
Karma Kids Yoga believes that having a good support system is as important as being in good physical and mental shape during this time, striving to make your transition into motherhood as smooth as possible. Offerings cover a range of tools that include: prenatal yoga, prenatal pilates, prenatal/postnatal pilates, prenatal/postnatal yoga tune up, and childbirth workshops, Lamaze childbirth courses, as well as doula speed dating events, baby-wearing clinics, and other support group services. Once the baby is born, they offer mom & baby yoga, dad & baby yoga, Baby Fingers baby sign language, and free yoga storytime classes. karmakidsyoga.com
When Mommybites co-founder Laura Deutsch was a new mom living in NYC, she was astonished at how lonely she felt in such a huge, happening city. Laura started Mommybites because she wanted to create an easy way for moms to meet other moms, feel supported, and learn from top parenting experts. Founded in 2006, Mommybites (originally Babybites) has become one of the largest social and educational communities in the New York City area, while expanding to other key cities and within its online community. Through their signature mom support groups, free online parenting classes, and parenting tips and articles, Mommybites connects moms to other moms, experts, and all the latest parenting education, products, resources, and support to help make their lives a bit easier. mommybites.com
The founder of Mom Support, Jessica Shapely, has helped hundreds of parents care for their children and themselves through support groups, sleep consultations, and individual or couple counseling. Her weekly support groups (including groups for new moms, seasoned moms, and multiples) allow moms to share the joys and address the challenges by establishing support, combating isolation, and normalizing the experience of being a new parent. Rather than trying a one-size-fits-all approach to sleep, her sleep consultations are customized to each family based on personal needs. Her individual counseling sessions include a lot of work with prenatal women as well as postpartum moms and couples facing a variety of emotional and physical struggles. momsupport.org
Started in 2008 by Lance Somerfeld and Matt Schneider, the NYC Dads Group is a community of active and caring dads who are leading the way as we all redefine what it means to be a good father in the 21st Century. Prenatal offerings include weekly New Dad Boot Camps at top parent education providers around the city. These workshops for dads by dads give new and expecting fathers the opportunity to discuss parenting with veteran dads, who bring their babies along to give the rookies some hands-on experience holding, feeding, and calming real babies. The group also organizes weekly meetups for postnatal dads and their kids at parks, museums, parent-and-me classes, and living rooms, as well as parenting workshops and dads nights out. nycdadsgroup.com
Pregnant New Yorker
The Pregnant New Yorker provides fun, alternative health events in NYC educating the pregnant community on how to have an easy, healthy pregnancy. Janet Markovits, also the owner of Maternal Massage and More, founded the health-minded group in 2008 when her clients kept asking for advice and referrals and had questions related to everything pregnancy and baby. The Pregnant New Yorker brings the best guest speakers together to teach pregnant and postpartum moms, while providing an opportunity to learn something new about different services and products, and a chance to meet other pregnant women. thepregnantnewyorker.com
Prenatal Yoga Center
Prenatal Yoga Center is the first and only yoga center in New York City to focus solely on expectant and new moms. Their classes have a three-prong approach, focusing on community, physical comfort, and childbirth education. Community means starting each class with the women introducing themselves, saying how far along they are and how they are feeling physically; physical comfort means identifying the aches the students are feeling that day in order to cater the class to ease their discomfort; and childbirth education means interweaving informative themes through the class. The center believes that this is a very digestible way to take in new and sometimes overwhelming information, with the hope that the new mother will feel more confident in making conscious decisions during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and motherhood. prenatalyogacenter.com
Stork And Cradle
Stork and Cradle gives mothers the real deal about labor and breastfeeding. Their services mentor families through pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding empowering them to make choices that keep themselves and their babies safe and healthy. They’ve create a non-judgment zone where parents can discover what they need and want to have their ideal safe birth, eliminate regrets, and have a rewarding experience. In addition to free monthly healthy pregnancy classes and weekly breastfeeding support calls, offerings include: Comprehensive Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Baby Care and Safety, Infant CPR, Expectant Multiples, and an online childbirth class. storkandcradle.com
Got twins? If you are expecting twins or are a new parent of twins, don’t miss a Twiniversity Class. Natalie Diaz, founder of the global support network Twiniversity teaches classes locally to her fellow New Yorkers. She’ll answer questions like: Should you breastfeed two at a time? How? One crib or two? Should you co-swaddle? What stroller is best for our city? How much help do you need and where do you find it? Should your twins be on a schedule and how to get them on one? All this and more is taught in both the Twins 101 class (for expectant families) and Twins 201 class (for new families). twiniversity.com
OB-GYNs, Midwives, Doulas, Lactation Experts & More
For OB-GYNs: The major local hospitals have referral services. We also recommend trying the search engine at castleconnolly.com, which gathers Best Doctors lists using peer referrals.
For lactation experts: Try the New York Lactation Consultant Association.
For baby nurses: Check out ratemybabynurse.com for helpful reviews of local infant care specialists.
Plus: Each year, Choices in Childbirth publishes The Guide to a Healthy Birth, a free publication packed with essential contacts, resources, and information to help women make informed decisions about where, how, and with whom to birth. Digital copies of the national and NYC metro guides can be downloaded at choicesinchildbirth.org.