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Fourth Trimester Support Group

The Fourth Trimester Group is a postpartum support group designed to help you navigate and celebrate the shift that comes from giving birth. We meet to relax, to learn, and to build a community. 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. While the 4th Trimester is weeks 0 – 12 postpartum, 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

January Series: 11, 18 & 25 at 10 AM

February Series: 1, 8 & 15 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 Nov 28, 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 include grounding visualizations, belly mapping, belly art, pampering, and portraits. And yes, there will be delicious snacks.

In community, those who have birthed before you share 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. 

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

Next Dates:
Saturday, December 17: 10 AM
Sunday, January 22: 10 AM
Sunday, February 19: 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

Fall Series:  6:30 PM
Oct 6: Transformation
Nov 3: Mothering: Expectations v. Reality
Dec 1: Shifts in your Partnership and Intimacy

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

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.

December 14
January 25
February 22

10:00 AM

No fee!

Village Playgroup

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!