A non-exhaustive list of resources to bolster your community, from postpartum support to classes and activities that serve both parent and baby. 


 
 
 

Postnatal Self Care

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Individual and baby-and-me classes or services to encourage self care.


Silverlake Yoga — Baby and Me (up to 14 months) & Post Natal Yoga

One Down Dog — Family Yoga

Ma Yoga — Mom and Baby Yoga

Two Hearts Yoga — Baby and Me & Post Natal Yoga

Mission Street Yoga — Baby and Me 

Yoga Blend — Family Yoga

Susan Minich, CNM, MSN, MSOM, LAc — Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Katrina Lake of Lake Acupuncture

Mary Frances Spencer — Licensed Massage Therapist

summer & sage Infant Massage

 

 

Parent and Baby Friendly Classes

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Photo by Derek Brumby/iStock / Getty Images
 

Mommy- (or Parent-) and-me classes to stay connected.


Mommy- (or Parent-) and-Me Classes and Groups

Conscious Motherhood: Mommy and Me by Rebecca Benenati — Sherman Oaks

Soothe Parent and Me with Wesley Stahler — Atwater Village

Nancy Beyda's Mother and Family Meet-Up — Los Feliz

Gracefull Mama Meet-Up — Silverlake

Mama Walks with Kate Zachary — Silverlake

Embodica: Mothers Embodied with Britta Bushnell, Ph.D. — Pasadena

Del Mar Birth Center New Moms’ Support Group (Free) — Pasadena

The Cradle Company New Mom Support Group — Pasadena

New Moms’ Support Group with Noelle McCown, Psy.D — Glendale

A Mother’s Haven Mommy- (and Parent-) and-Me Classes — Encino

The Wright Mommy and Me Parent-and-Me Classes (multiple locations)

Mommy and Me at The Pump Station — Hollywood

Parent and Me at the Silverlake JCC (14 to 26 months) — Silverlake

First Thursday Mom Walks with Emily Herakovich (Free) — Hollywood

Third Wednesday Mom Walks with Two Doulas Birth (Eastside and Westside) (Free)

Baby and Me at Kidspace (12 months and up) — Pasadena

Breastfeeding Support Groups (Free Unless Otherwise Noted)

Roza Baghdassarian, MA, LLLL, IBCLC, Founder Mother-Infant Lactation Center (MILC) (first Thursday of the month and first Friday of the month) — Sherman Oaks and Pasadena

Huntington Hospital Breastfeeding Support Group (Thursdays @ 10 am) — Pasadena

The Cradle Company's Breastfeeding Support Group ($10/visit, Tuesdays @ 9:30) — Pasadena

The Family Room's Breastfeeding Support Group ($5/visit, first visit free, Mondays at 10 am) — San Marino

La Leche League Los Angeles (multiple locations)

The Pump Station & Nurtury ($15/visit, first visit free) — Hollywood

A Mother’s Haven ($10/visit) — Encino

Music Classes

LoveBug and Me Music — Multiple Locations

World Citizen Baby Music with Miss Ellen — Atwater Village

Miss Sylvie's Parent-and-Me Spanish Music Class — Pasadena and Glendale

Bloom School of Music and Dance — Eagle Rock

Sweetly Spun Music with Peanut (multiple locations)

Storytime

Los Angeles Public Libraries (enter prefered date into search query)

Los Angeles County Public Libraries

Movement Classes

Heartbeat House — Atwater Village

Bloom School of Music and Dance — Eagle Rock

My Gym (multiple locations)

Zip Zap Zop Enrichment's Parent-and-Me Improv (ages 6 months+) — Pasadena

Klub Gymnastics Parent-and-Me Toddler Time (ages 12 months to 2.5 years) — Frogtown

Playspaces

Great Escape Club — Atwater Village

Playlab Family Playspace — Pasadena

Peekaboo Playland — Eagle Rock

Snooknuk Cafe — Larchmont

Kidspace Children's Museum — Pasadena

Southern California Children’s Museum — Pasadena

Mother-Friendly Indoor and Outdoor Spaces to Gather

Playlab Family Playspace — Pasadena

The Great Escape Club — Atwater Village

Bini Birth — Sherman Oaks

Descanso Gardens (Free Every First Tuesday) — LaCanada

The Huntington Gardens — Pasadena

Shane’s Inspiration Park — Griffith Park

Silverlake Meadow — Silverlake

Silverlake Recreation Center — Silverlake

George Izay Park and Olive Recreation Center — Burbank

Beeman Park — Studio City

Palmer Park — Glendale

Glenoaks Park — Glendale

Woodbridge Park — Studio City

North Weddington Park — Studio City

Brookside Park — Pasadena

 
 

Books, Blogs, Websites, etc. 

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Photo by Derek Brumby/iStock / Getty Images
 

A compilation of source material offered within the Reclaiming Motherhood series as well as invaluable resources from my mentors who have shaped me in mind, heart, and soul. Without their guidance, I would not be the group facilitator, therapist, wife, mother, or woman I am today.


Community Building

The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging by Charles H. Vogl

Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture by Christina Baldwin

The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh 

Transitions

Conscious Transitions (Blog) and The Conscious Bride: Women Unveil Their True Feelings about Getting Hitched by Sheryl Paul

Deeply Into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage by Ronald L. Grimes

The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments by William Bridges

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Birthing From Within by Pam England

Vulnerability-, Compassion- and Empathy-Building

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead and The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney

Dream Work by Mary Oliver (Poetry)

General and Depth Psychology

Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places by James Hollis

The Archetypal Imagination by James Hollis

Leaving my Father's House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity and The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation by Marion Woodman

Healing Fiction and Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman

Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert Johnson

The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 5th Edition, by Irvin D. Yalom with Molyn Leszcz

Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore

Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy by Edwin F. Edinger

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron

Couple's Work

We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love by Robert Johnson

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson

Why Talking Is Not Enough: Eight Loving Actions That Will Transform Your Marriage by Susan Page

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck

Mindfulness and Spiritual Growth

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel Siegel

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times and When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön

Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg

The Smell of Dust on Rain: Grief and Praise by Martín Prechtel

To Know as We are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey by Parker Palmer

On Being with Krista Tippett (Podcast)

Attachment

A Way of Being by Carl Rogers

A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development by John Bowlby

Postpartum Support

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, and Marisa Belger

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon

The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby's First Year by Sheila Kitzinger

Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs After Childbirth by Sally Placksin

KellyMom (Breastfeeding and Parenting Support Website and Reference)

La Leche League International (Breastfeeding Support Website and Reference)

Postpartum Support International (Non-profit Organization supporting Postpartum Mental Health)

Raising Children

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two by Dr. William Sears

AskDrSears.com (Official Website of Dr. William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, supporting Attachment Parenting)

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Childrenby Alison Gopnik

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel Siegel

No-Drama Discipline: The The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success by Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solids by Julia Clark

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night and The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child's Sleep by Elizabeth Pentley

In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness by Chris Mercogliano

The Natural Child Project (Attachment Parenting Website)

Dr. Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, IBCLC (Official Website of Dr. Jay Gordon supporting Attachment Parenting)

Aha! Parenting (Parenting Website Geared Toward Gentle Guidance and Positive Discipline)

 

 

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