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The HRP Mamas New Moms Group
The HRP Mamas New Moms Group Series is a weekly facilitated support and discussion group for moms of newborns and infants (0-5 months).
These groups are a wonderful way to share thoughts with other mothers while receiving guided support from childbirth and/or parent educators.
The HRP Mamas New Moms Groups help mamas forge friendships with other HRP Mamas in a supportive and educator-led environment.
Share experiences with each other while getting support on:
Session 1: Understanding The 4th Trimester
Session 2: Infant Sleep (a.k.a. When Do We Get Some?)
Session 3: Becoming "Us" -- Changing Roles and Family/Partner Dynamics
Session 4: Heading Back to Paid Work/Pumping
Session 5: Your Pelvic Floor and Self-Care Strategies
Each week we will leave room for additional topics that may arise based on the specific needs of the mothers in the group.
Whether you are a first time mama or a mama who has just had her second, third, fourth child, all mamas with newborns or infants are welcome to register!*
The HRP Mamas New Moms Group Series runs for 5 weeks and can accommodate a maximum of 12 mothers. Your group will meet for 2 hours on the specified dates.
Come with your infant, or feel free to come without if you have childcare and prefer to come alone.
- Quotes From Past Participants of the HRP Mamas New Moms Groups
“I absolutely loved the new mom support group. It was exactly what every new mom needs - meeting other moms with similar questions and concerns and professional guidance and answers to those questions. Vanessa leverages her professional knowledge and experience with her experiences as a mom of 2 to provide the best advice and guidance that is effective. She gets to know each baby and mom and tailors her recommendations and ideas on what actually works for you!”
"Vanessa was fantastic and was an invaluable resource to my family and we made our way through the first several weeks answering questions and giving suggestions from everything from childcare, breastfeeding and mom-care. Hearing that other moms had similar challenges and experiences we comforting and Vanessa did a great job moderating the group so we learned to help each other and establish a friendship.”
"I absolutely loved this class! Vanessa creates such a safe place to be open and vulnerable during such a tremendously transitional stage in your life. The topics that were covered were so helpful but most of all, the relationships made with other moms has been the best part!”
“From the first week I was able to see what a difference it made in terms of getting through an overwhelming, confusing time with more confidence.”
“All my questions and concerns were addressed from week to week, and for the ones I was too nervous to ask out loud, Vanessa made sure we dealt with them.”
“When the internet and family advice left me in doubt, I knew I could come to this group and hear personalized information that made sense for my family.”
“We were always encouraged to be real and honest, to come as we were, no matter what. I often showed up unshowered, in my yoga pants, vulnerable and tired, and left feeling rejuvenated.”
“From discussing in-laws to the witching hour to guilt to pumping to contraception, this group helped me feel safe to deal with the big and little things on my mind.”
"I'm so glad I invested in the support group. I picked up quite a few useful tips and techniques, but the best part for me was just having a pleasant, stress-free social activity to look forward to each week. Vanessa sets a very warm and genuine tone for the group.”
Dates: Fridays: 7/13 + 7/20 + 7/27 + 8/3 + 8/10
Time: 12:30 to 2:30PM
Cost: 5 sessions for $250
Location: Playgarden, 95 Franklin Street, NYC NY 10013
The facilitator for this session is Vanessa Aja-Sigmon, M.Div., CCCE, CLC, DONA-trained Doula
Vanessa is a mother to two boys, a Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator through the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA-MNY), a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a labor support doula with the Doulas of North America. Vanessa’s background is in the community organizing and human services fields. Vanessa also teaches childbirth preparation and parenting classes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
*Please note: siblings older than 12 months cannot be accommodated at these sessions.
*Please note: The HRP Mamas Mothers Support Group Series has been set up to serve as a weekly resource for those mamas who would like a guided, structured and focused support group.
HRP Mamas also offers weekly informal peer to peer Mothers Circle gatherings for mothers with newborns which are not led by educators.
Our Mothers circles are informal events and do not have educators present. Info about the HRP Mamas Free Drop-in Peer to Peer Mothers Circles is located on the sub-groups by due date.
Registration is non-refundable & non-transferable.
We do not offer make-up sessions for this series.
Sessions that need to be cancelled by us due to major weather events will be rescheduled the following week or the soonest possible date.