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Postpartum Support Group

The Postpartum Support Group is a safe space for people who have recently given birth, designed to help them navigate and celebrate the shift that comes from this event. We meet to relax, to learn, and to build a community among newly postpartum mothers (and birthing people). Led by postpartum doula, come get your questions answered, sit in circle with other postpartum moms, and feel heard. We do breathing exercises, share birth stories (optional), normalize the postpartum experience and have tea.

This will take place at Sparrow’s Nest 1492 West Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91105. This postpartum support group is open to anyone who birthed within last 6 months. Babies are welcome. After 6 months postpartum, we invite you to join our monthly “Parents Community Meetup.”

In-Person

February Series: 1, 8 & 15 at 10 AM

March Series: 1, 8 & 15 at 10 AM

April Series: 5, 12, and 19 at 10 AM

May Series: 3, 10 and 17 at 10 AM

$125 per person per series

Covid Precautions: We will remain 3 – 6 feet apart. Masks are required on account of the newborns. There is a HEPA air purifier in the room. Requirements are subject to change.

Lactation and Mindfulness Group

Mondays 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
(Winter schedule: no group on Dec 26 or Jan 2)
$15 drop-in

A space for cultivating connection with other breastfeeding (and pumping) parents, led by a holistic lactation consultant, newborn care expert, and intuitive healer. Share with and learn from each other, weigh your baby, get support on the tough days and celebrate your breastfeeding wins with people who get it. See you in the circle!

Village Prenatal

A village prenatal is a communal gathering that nourishes and celebrates pregnant people – in mind, body, and soul – at any stage of gestation. Our gatherings support you in speaking words that empower and build trust in yourself and your baby. Activities may include grounding visualizations, belly mapping, belly art, pampering, or portraits.

In community, those who have birthed before share their personal moments of strength, power, humor, realization, and joy, demonstrating the beauty inherent to birth in all its variation. Midwives, doulas, and health practitioners will be among our circle of attendants, holding space as you navigate your pregnancy and enter parenthood, whether for the first or fourth time.

Location: Outdoors in a beautiful, tree-lined residence in La Crescenta

Admission is included in all Village Birth class registrations. This is designed for the birthing parent only. 

If you would like to bring a pregnant friend or if you are not an existing Village Birth client, the suggested donation is $20.

Next Dates:
Sunday, January 22: 10 AM
Sunday, February 19: 10 AM
Sunday, March 12: 10 AM
Sunday, April 16: 10 AM

Matrescence

Matrescence refers to the physical, emotional, hormonal and social transition to becoming a mother.  A season of life when limits are tested and change is a constant, all wrapped up in the joy of raising tiny humans.

This time more than ever is one that should be shared. Join us in a monthly circle to listen, honor, support and meditate with other mothers.  Led by April Trettel, doula and therapist, each circle will focus on a dedicated theme and incorporate sharing, discussion, an exercise and guided meditation.

This is designed for new mothers or mothers with young children (under the age of 5) and open to all people who identify as mothers.

Format: A series of 3 monthly meetups. Each series starts at the top of the season (or quarter).

$150 per person per series

Winter Series:   6:30 PM
Jan 12 Shifts in Family Roles and Dynamics Among the Generations
Feb 2 Guilt and Shame
Mar 2 Mothering the Mother – An Adornment Circle

Spring Series:   6:30 PM
April 6 Identity: What has changed and what remains
May 11 Voicing your Needs
June 1 Honoring summer and the joy of motherhood

Village Meetup

This is a parents community meetup. Community is everything when growing a family. Whether you are expecting or have a baby at home, join us in getting to know your village. No topic is off the table. Come with questions, your new carrier that you’re still figuring out, and experiences you want to share. Come to listen. Come for the fresh air.

We will meet at the entrance of Arlington Garden at 10 AM on Arlington Drive, and convene at the tables and chairs in Olive Allee. If you come late, come on in and find the group under the olive trees.

Babies are welcome! We will practice Covid precautions by maintaining 3 feet and remaining outdoors.

January 26
February 22
March 22
April 26

10:00 AM

No fee!

Village Play Date

Get together with your village at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta. We meet at 10:00 AM. We will try and claim a picnic table, but have a blanket handy if we end up on the lawn. Lots of playground and space to hang. Bring the whole family.

Always the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 AM

January 14
February 11
March 11

No fee!

Single Parents Circle

A time for single and choice parents to connect. Run by Dawn Batson and Sydney Reyes, there will be some structure for sharing (all optional) and time to chat and play. Circle is designed for all parents (pregnant, newly postpartum and seasoned). Bring your kid(s) or come solo!

Third Saturday 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (come at any time)

January 21
February 18
March 18

Silver Lake Reservoir at the playground by the recreation center.

Coffee provided!

Please RSVP so Dawn and Sydney can send updates if needed. They are birth doulas, living the on-call life!

 

No fee!