So- I was a part of the new and expectant moms event, yesterday. It was sponsored by New York Family. I shared my table with Katie Kheil one of the dance instructors (and moms) of Discovery Program (100th and West End). Their program has been around since the 70s and provides programing for families from newborn through adolescents. Mommy/daddy and me, movement, dance, support, parenting programs and more www.discoveryprogram.com
I got to see past participants from my groups and sleep clients on to their own mother-business ventures. I have always felt that mother hood gives birth to new and different careers, as well.
I got to see friends and colleagues like Deb Flashenberg Prenatalyoga.com from Preantal Yoga Center, Felina from the Upper Breast Side www.upperbreastside, Joanna and Bianca from Metro Minis (www.metrominis.com), Laura Heller from babyfingers (www.mybabyfingers.com). I met Lance of NYC Dads Group, which is “an active group of involved fathers in NYC”. Tracy Gary from intuition-nutrition.com . I got to meet people in person who I have only had a virtual connection with. People like Lara Paul from ikidsny www.ikidny.com, The car seat lady thecarseatlady.com and more
This is the first of one of these “trade show” events I have embarked on. I smiled a lot, schmoozed and collected a lot of goodies from the other tables. They even had a free Gelato booth. NO sugar for me tho, I kept a safe distance.
I also got to see a lot of my “past new moms”. We are talking like moms onto their 2nd or 3rd baby- the oldest being 7 years and me feeling like the proud “grandma”- YIKES : )
I have been providing support and services to new moms and families for over 10 years. Prior to this, I had worked with individuals and families; facilitating groups and providing service, for another 10 years. WOW, I’ve been at this a while. But it’s interesting, or maybe not. It always feels new.
This work is something quite precious to me about working with a new mom or parent or family. There is usually such an openness, a desire and need and want to build community around you and your (new) family. Each relationship, each family unit, each group of new moms finds a different energy and a different need and it’s great to be a part of this growth, inquiry and connection.
Thank you Mommies and New Families and Happy Mother’s Day!