Louisa Lombard, Therapist
Becoming a mama is deeply rewarding and can also be exhausting and depleting. As moms, we often focus carefully on what our baby needs and lose sight of our increased need for self-care. During this discussion, we will talk about how to be compassionate with ourselves and leave that mama guilt behind.
Rahim Kanji, Physical Therapist and Chiropractor
Going through labor and taking care of a baby is hard on your body. Your body is weakened, your exhausted and there is just so much stuff that you have to carry around! The very knowledgeable and experienced Rahim, integrates many different approaches in his practice and will discuss ways to regain your strength, treat those aching muscles and move through your day in a manner that keeps your body safe and supported.
Erica Stephenson, Outside the Box Lead Teacher, LCSW
What type of play is best to support a baby's developing brain? Join Outside the Box instructor Erica Stephenson to learn about specific games and activities to stimulate your baby's senses and increase brain development during the critical periods and early stages of an infant's growth.
Dr. Lynn Lempert, Pediatric Dentist
Those little baby teeth are so cute (and sharp)! Learn how to ease your baby's teething discomfort and care for those tiny pearly whites right from the start. Dr. Lempert will answer all your infant dental health questions!
Synthia Praglin, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Parent Educator
Join us as we explore the use of infant massage to promote bonding between mamas and babies. We will learn specific strokes that will help to relieve and soothe common discomforts, promote physiological and neurological development and encourage restful sleep.
Maya Lieberman, Stylist and Costume Designer
Maya will answer all of our fashion questions and bring us her hard-earned style expertise from dressing celebrities and actors. Fashion is for everyone and she will give us tips on everything from how to edit our closets to how to dress these post-partum bodies of ours.
Brooke Dakofsky, Nutritionist
Brooke specializes in nutrition from babies to adults. We are excited to have her come answer our questions about nursing, bottle-feeding, starting first foods as well as share information about post-partum nutrition for moms.
Randi Singer, Sleepy Planet
Come consult with an expert from the Sleepy Planet group - the authors of the best-selling sleep bible, The Sleepyeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parents Guide to Getting Your Baby to Sleep from Birth to Age 5. We will learn about their general sleep philosophy, their gentle but effective methods and how we can all create healthy sleep habits for our little ones.
Katya Mosely, L.Ac.
As the founder of Spirit Gate Acupuncture and Wellness, Katya will share her deep knowledge of Chinese medicine, herbal therapy, and nutrition. She merges modern and ancient self-care practices for a balanced, holistic approach to health and wellness that will help keep ourselves and our babies healthy.
Laurenne Sala, writer
Stories bring up emotion when we get them out on paper and getting your birth story out is so important to help you heal, feel triumphant, or solidify a memory that you can tell your child forever. Laurenne will provide prompts and exercises to help you get your birth story written. Bring paper and your favorite pen!
Anna McMaster, PT, DPT Owner, Glow Physical Therapy and Wellness
One of the focuses of Anna’s practice is supporting and rehabilitating postpartum bodies. She will join us for an honest conversation about the changes your body has experienced following birth. Anna will answer all of your questions about how to best care for your postpartum body including safe ways to lift and carry your baby and how to reactivate your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
Sam Almon, Attorney, Makarem & Associates
It’s important to know your rights in the workplace now that you are a parent, as far as maternity leave, going back to work and the concessions your employers are required by law to make for you. You may also be an employer yourself for the first time in hiring childcare for your baby. Sam will answer all of your employment law questions as they pertain to you as an employer and/or employee.
Dr. Joe Taravella, PhD, clinical psychologist
Having a baby puts strain on a relationship - you're tired and juggling a whole new set of responsibilities. Your freedom is gone and you both need to shower. Everything is a phase, even the good times. Dr. Taravella, author and TV spokesperson, will talk us through how to ride the waves until the waters calm down.
Meghan Rosenfeld, Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist, Trimester Fit Body
Meghan will lead us through stretches and exercises to get our bodies healthy and strong after all of the changes we have gone through in pregnancy, in labor and as a new mom. She will show us how to safely build muscle, strengthen our core, as well as counteract the physical toll of carrying these little people around all day.
Mary Pat Halonen, Pediatric Physical Therapist
Join experienced pedatric physical therapist Mary Pat Halonen for an informative discussion to help us better understand our infant’s physical milestones throughout the first year. She will also talk to us about fine and gross motor development and give us some tummy-time tips!