Preparing For Your Best Birth – Prenatal Yoga Series
with Jade Newkirk
Join Jade Newkirk, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor and Birth Doula for a special four- week prenatal yoga series. Each week we’ll explore different themes to strengthen bodies and spirits. We’ll learn to listen to our changing bodies and trust what it tells us.
Prenatal yoga is a welcoming, compassionate class for women at any point in their pregnancy. No prior yoga experience is needed for this restorative, relaxing and nourishing way to reduce back ache and connect with your growing baby. Wear comfortable, moveable clothes and please bring a yoga mat if you have one.
You must pre-register as this is an offsite class powered by Montclair B.A.B.Y
Location: Little Nest Portrait Series @ 54 Park Street, Montclair
(garage parking will be validated)
The Dad Hour
with Josh Kline
A non judgmental space for Dads to be honest, vulnerable, and connect. This group will provide Open Conversation about Fatherhood, Parenting, Work, Relationships and Tools for balancing it all.
This is the first of hopefully many Dad Hours. Dads, feel free to bring all of your thoughts, opinions, feelings, emotions, and even grievances about fatherdom right here…
Babywearing 102: Advanced Carries
with Britni Morley
Are you comfortable wearing your baby on your front and ready to learn some new carries? This class is perfect for you! We will be focusing on advanced carries based on individual needs, like hip carries for wraps & mei tais and back carries for wraps, mei tais, and buckle carriers. Receive one-on-one attention and assistance from Britni, a Certified Babywearing Educator.
Everyone taking this class should be very comfortable and confident using their carrier on the front. For back carries, babies should be sitting unassisted.Demo wraps, ring slings, and mei tais will be available to try out as well. Carriers will also be available for purchase after the workshop.
Baby Sign Language: Sign & Sing
with Robbie Berry
In the ‘Sign & Sing’ class you and your baby will learn the ASL signs that go along with traditional children’s songs as well as modern songs. You will learn how to sign key words in each song, play games, read books and review signs. But more importantly, we will laugh and have FUN! No prior signing classes needed.
Ages: 8 – 24 months
Drop-in: (1 class) $25
Thursday: 1:30 – 2:15pm
June 2, June 9
Babywearing Yoga – Move with Your Baby!
with Jade Newkirk
Instructor: Jade Newkirk, CYT-200, CHD, CLC (and, Babywearing mom!) for a special Four-Week Babywearing Yoga Series.
More and more families are enjoying the benefits of babywearing! Within the security of the carrier or wrap, you and your baby move as one. Your little love hears your heart and feels the nurturing energy of your body.
This physical practice will include learning breathing exercises (pranayama) to reduce stress and body tension, and mommy focused poses to strengthen and renew and, sweet songs while connecting breathe to movement. Babywearing Yoga supports both mom and baby’s desire for closeness as well as a new moms own well-being.
MUST BE 6 WEEKS POSTNATAL AND/OR HAVE CLEARANCE FROM OB/MIDWIFE. Appropriate for babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months (babies will be worn for most of the class). Please bring your own carrier of choice and dress for movement. You will need water for hydration (in a closed cup or bottle), and a large baby blanket for floor time baby yoga.
Wednesday: 11:30 – 12:30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22
Infant Massage For Families (Workshop)
with Candice Powell-Diaz
Recommended for non-crawlers. Bring a blanket for your baby to lay on. – You bring the baby and we will supply the oil!
Family Yoga for Superheroes (3 – 7 yrs) A family class designed for parents and children to explore yoga together through a blend of stretches, postures, games and songs. Yoga can help your child with self-expression, relaxation, sleep and improve listening and ability to follow directions. Feel free to come in your superhero costume! Younger children are welcome also as long as parent participates in class.
Led by Jayana Desai & Sarah Fontana
American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Certification
Taught by Daniel Furphy
Each workshop participant will receive a two year CPR certification card from the American Heart Association and special focus will be provided on Pediatric and Infant CPR. First Aid Basics will be discussed (time permitting), our instructor will focus on First Aid Emergencies specific to Pediatric Patients and Infants. The instructor will encourage participants to provide situational emergencies and provide discussion on an appropriate response. No certification is offered for First Aid
Saturday: 2:30 to 5:30pm
Jun 11, July 9
Aug 20, Sept 17
Oct 15, Nov 12
Couples Prenatal Yoga (Workshop)
with Kerri Mcclain
Let’s bring our other half to Prenatal Yoga! We will be doing lots of partner exercises, massage work, breathing techniques and most of all having a good time. I hope to give you some insight on how your partner can be your ”Doula” when the big day comes. See you on the mat!
This workshop is for couples only (no children) and will only be held if there are at least 3 couples enrolled. The maximum number of couples is 5.
New Mommies and Moms-to-be Mix & Mingle
with Montclair B.A.B.Y. Staff
Come join Montclair B.A.B.Y. for a free night of
education, food, drinks, giveaways and more.
WHAT: Montclair B.A.B.Y., Montclair Mommies 24/7 and The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health Of NJ have joined together to bring you an evening of education and community. Come connect with other moms while you learn about prenatal and postnatal doula services, breastfeeding, newborn care and parenting tips from our health care experts. There will be birth doulas, post-natal doulas, certified lactation consultants and registered nurses in attendance to answer all of your questions. Enjoy free food and drinks, gift bags and giveaways.
WHO: Expecting moms and moms with babies under 6 months old who want to learn more about babies, pregnancy, birth and beyond.
This event is free, but pre-registration is required.
Thursday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
with Britni Morley
Babywearing is not a new concept. In fact, mothers around the world have worn their babies for centuries. Babies instinctual feel safest and happiest when they are held, but in today’s commercialized world of strollers and playpens, the bond that babywearing allows has gotten lost. Wrap Me Tender is dedicated to promoting and celebrating that precious connection!
Many new parents might feel limited to choose a baby carrier that a big box store sells. Often, the selection is limited and those carriers are uncomfortable. It is Britni’s goal to share with parents that there are many more comfortable, safe, and ergonomic options for wearing your baby. She specializes in woven wraps, and also offers ring slings, and mei tais.
In Babywearing 101, you will learn about the physiology and history of babywearing, benefits of babywearing, demonstrations of types of carriers, and safety.
Per Couple: $40
Saturday: 1:30 – 3:30pm
Daddy + Me Yoga
with Jade Newkirk
Join us for a special “Daddy & Me” Baby Yoga class (ages 2 -12 mths) for a fun way for Father and child to bond and connect. It’s a great way to take part in an understanding community of other fathers, too.
Stretch, bond, and breathe with your baby in this special yoga class designed for father and child. Meet other dads and babies while taking part in this class. In these classes we will not only devote time to do restorative and strengthening yoga poses but will also incorporate music and massage for daddy and baby to do together.
Mommies and other partners are welcome to join in the practice too!
What to bring:
Diaper bag full of the usual treats (nourishment for baby, comfort toys & soft blanket)
with Kate Smith
Celestial, cosmic, oceanic, otherworldly … words can’t really describe the experience of a gong meditation. Without a doubt, this event is a trip to the heavens, the depths and back. The sound of the gong creates an opportunity for deep and soulful relaxation, regenerating our parasympathetic system. As the gong dissolves energetic blockages, many old beliefs, patterns, habits or even physical issues that no longer serve us may come to the surface for release. The gong truly works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level! Come travel to the stars with our Mother Tesla Gong and clear a path to hearing our heart’s truth, the song of our authentic self and the calling of our true intuition.
with Jen Kowal
Come to an evening of restorative self care. Are you tired, strung out, stressed out? Or are you just looking to add relaxation into your life? Join us for an evening of “the sleep that awakens”
Yoga nidra is a sleep-based meditation technique. It’s a unique combination of alert awareness and deep relaxation. Many people refer to is as “the art of conscious relaxation.”
Physically it balances the nervous system, restructures the brain, and allows the body to restore from what yogis call the 4th dimension, a place where deep restoration and self-healing is possible.
Yoga nidra meditation is so simple to grasp that even people with no yoga or meditation background can easily use it and receive all the benefits.
Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing and Meditation
with Kate Smith
For an experience of deep relaxation, energy cleansing and connection with spirit, this workshop is not to be missed! The sound and vibrations emanating from the crystal singing bowls re-tune the listener’s body by opening, clearing and re-balancing each of the 7 major chakras. Crystal singing bowls are made from crushed quartz that has been heated and pressed into the shape of a bowl. Quartz itself is known as a ‘master healer’ and has the ability to connect the physical dimension with the mind. The healing vibration of sound coupled with the powerful energy of quartz will calm the mind, awaken creativity and expand one’s consciousness.
Baby’s First Foods
After mastering the first few months of feeding your child breastmilk or formula, you are now starting to wonder about taking the next step. Will you start with infant cereals or whole foods? How much will you give and how will you know when they’ve had enough? What spoons/bowls/cups will you use? Come learn HOW and WHEN to introduce your child to solid foods in a way that lays a solid foundation for good eating habits to last a lifetime. The food choices and behaviors you instill in your child begin at this very point and deserve the proper education.
Evidence Based Birth Workshop for Expecting Parents
with Cindy Calvano, AAHCC, CD, EBBI, LLLL, MSEd
Did you know that birth plans are rarely followed? The truth is, many expecting parents *know* what kind of care they want during their birth, but in the end they don’t know how to get it!
The solution?? You are invited to an exclusive Evidence Based Birth workshop for expecting parents. In this workshop, you will learn the Six Essential Steps of HOW to get evidence based care during your birth.
What will be covered in the workshop? We will talk all about evidence based care—what it is, what it isn’t, and how to talk with your provider about it! You will also learn how to make sure your birth setting and provider will be supportive of your wishes, and how to educate yourself and gather your support team. Also, you will learn about the legal rights of people giving birth, and this is information every expecting parent absolutely must know, period.
The workshop will be a small, interactive class with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Refreshments will be provided.
This Evidence Based Birth Workshop does not replace childbirth education classes. Instead, the resources you will gain at this workshop are the missing link for those of you who want evidence based care but are worried about your wishes and decisions not being respected when you actually go into labor.
Moms, Birthing persons and their birth partner are invited to attend! Don’t wait to register–this class is open to only 8 couples in the Montclair, NJ/NYC area!
Birth professionals are now permitted to attend the workshop and there are GREAT benefits for you too. Every birth pro or care provider who attends OR who refers a client to attend will receive a free 30-day trial of the EBB professional membership, where they will have 30 days to earn all the CEUs EBB currently has to offer (right now we have 10 contact hours)!
Limit one free month per professional. Clients must mention you referred them.
Per Person: $75
Per Couple: $99
Sunday: 1:00 – 4:30pm
(each date is an individual session)
Nighttime Parenting and Sleep Workshop
with Kelli DeFlora
Parenting is a 24hr job and sleep or lack of sleep is one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. Come join Kelli DeFlora and other moms to discuss effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. This is open discussion offering gentle baby centered approaches to sleep that speaks to the uniqueness of each parent and baby so that you can work together to get the soothing rest you both need.
Discussion focuses on babies 0-12 months
The Grandparent Workshop
with Allison Task
Kids in the Kitchen
Have a child that loves to help in the kitchen? Or maybe you just want to get your child started with some basic cooking skills and aren’t quite sure where to start? Join your child/children in this fun and interactive workshop where we will be teaching them some essential skills and giving them the confidence to assist you with meal preparation. They will learn how to prepare delicious and healthy items including a breakfast meal, a snack, and a dessert in just one short class. Walk away with nutrition knowledge, recipes, food samples, and most importantly a child eager to keep it going at home! Class is led by fellow mom and nutrition expert, Caitlin Kiarie, registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Mom-N-Tot Nutrition. Perfect for children aged 3-6 years old.
Please indicate number of people per family attending the workshop as space is limited, and if any one has a food allergy.
Siblings Preparation Workshop
with Suzanne Seligson
Private sessions available upon request
Ages: 6 – 18 months
Thursday: 1:30 – 2:15pm
New dates coming soon …
Join Childbirth Educator and Doula Kelli DeFlora and Caitlin Kiarie RDN, founder of Mom-N-Tot Nutrition to discuss the key components to ensuring a healthy, low risk pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy this class will give you a tremendous amount of support and information. Profound physical and emotional changes occur during this time of your life. Laying the foundation for your baby’s growth and development inside the womb is empowering for both partners. Information will be presented on all you need to know about your unique nutritional needs during pregnancy as well discussing birth preferences, baby’s development, pregnancy discomforts & remedies. We will also share information on community resources and other numerous supportive and educational websites.
Per Couple: $40
Friday: 7:30 – 9:30pm
New dates coming soon
Mom Returns to Work(shop)
with Allison Task
In this country, the majority of moms are working moms, and most moms return to work within 12 weeks of giving birth. You are not alone. That said, this is a significant transition, deserving of it’s own rituals. Your priorities have changed; you very well may have changed; how will this affect your work? How will this affect your colleagues view of you? While some women can’t wait to get back to their jobs, others take this as an opportunity to rethink their careers
In this workshop, we review top-of-mind concerns like breastfeeding and pumping, childcare (medical, emergency, back-up childcare), daytime communication, home care, eating (you and the baby), sleeping (you and the baby), healthy boundaries between work and home, couple time and down time.
Per Couple: $40
Friday: 7:45 – 9:15 pm
New dates coming soon