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UptownBirth would love to recommend Julia Mannes’ New Mama Support Group!  Details and contact below:

6 Wednesdays starting July 23
11:30 am – 1 pm
$150 pp / half off for Romemu members
Send paypal payment to me at to confirm your space.  
I will open the group to a wider audience if not all of you confirm, but as of now with those on this email we will be a complete group.
In a shady spot in the park on nice days!! 
 Approx 110th and Central Park West – exact location TBD asap – 
 Rain days if any- we will meet in the Romemu office space, 43 Central Park North (110 btw 5-lenox)
Additional details below.  Looking forward to meeting you all!

ROMEMU’S NEW MAMA SUPPORT GROUP facilitated by Julia Mannes, Certified Childbirth Educator, Doula, Lactation Counselor, and Yoga instructor.  
Connect with local mothers, get some tips and ideas, and have a great destination for you and your baby this spring! Topics include: baby and family care, sleep, baby feeding, work considerations, birth processing, hormones and emotions, relationship changes, and more. In this unique, in-depth series you will also dabble in some infant massage, parent baby yoga, babywearing, recipe exchanges, and basic mama operations. You will also receive helpful birth and postpartum preparation materials, and have generous support from the facilitator.  Find your tribe. ALL types of families welcome.  Note this is not a religious group outside of its affiliation with Romemu.  Thanks.

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2014

and National Breastfeeding Month


NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council’s

Annual Subway Caravan

Friday, August 8, 2014

Breastfeeding moms, babies and families; breastfeeding professionals and

advocates; and everyone who cares about breastfeeding is invited.

Join us at 11 AM for our Opening Ceremony at City Hall

Dozens of breastfeeding families will take the

A Train to Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn for the

Annual World Breastfeeding Week Fair sponsored by the

Brooklyn Alliance for Breastfeeding Empowerment (BABE).

Bring your babies and children….wear your breastfeeding

t-shirts … carry your placards promoting breastfeeding!

We have invited our legislative breastfeeding champions, State Senator Liz Krueger,

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NYC Commissioner of Health Mary Bassett, MD and other

leaders to celebrate the 20th

More information on Facebook, Twitter and our website at

For more information, e-mail Theresa Landau at or Kathleen

Carpenter @

anniversary of protecting women’s rights to breastfeed in public!

Sponsored by the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council, Inc.


When I started UptownBirth the intention was to create a resource for classes, events, and a community. Preparing for and having children can be hard, but it takes a village and I feel like what we have in uptown is the best village in Manhattan.

My husband got a fantastic job offer in Cincinnati, so although we’re sad we’re moving I’m ecstatic to announce that UptownBirth will not only continue – it’s actually going to be even better!

There’s going to be a new site. (I know, I know, I’ve threatened this before but it’s real now. Soon.)

More kinds of classes, oh so many classes, for both before and after birth with some amazing professionals from various spectrums.

Above you see quite a few community sponsors who are making this happen. Throughout the week we’ll being doing spotlight posts for each sponsor to thank them for helping me pay for the food for this event!!

Still, a special thanks to: MindBodySoul Yoga, Little House Calls, Dichter Pharmacy, Young Urban Moms, Indian Road Cafe, Little Jewel Childcare, and Urban Babywearing!


*I need an approximate headcount for food. Thus it is invitation only, so if you’re a past student or client and haven’t received a paperless post evite yet send me an email!

* From 1-3pm we’ll cookout, and from 3-5pm we’ll just hang out and play!

*BYOD (Bring your own drinks). Alcohol is allowed, but please, in moderation, and no glass containers.

*BYOB (Bring your own blanket) and/or chair to sit in. There will be a tent for shade for the nursing kidlets.

*There’s a listserve happening too, for UptownBirth peoples. Over there I’ll be providing instructions for those of you who might want to add YOUR OWN business info to the grab bags. No charge. After all, this is a community event!!

*There will be professional photography there, courtesy of Piccola Strada Photography. PLEASE let me know if you do not want your picture or your child’s on the future site or on any materials.

Saturdays starting  April 12, 2014 for 8 weeks
MindBodySoul Yoga
5:00-8:00 pm

Cost: PAY WHAT YOU CAN  (Usually runs $400 per couple / caregiver pair or $50 per class)

Independent childbirth classes explore everything from nutrition and relaxation, to the curve balls of labor, advocacy during cesarean, breastfeeding and most importantly preparing you for the best beginning of a new family. In 24 hrs of total class time, we also get to explore the stages of labor, anatomy & physiology of how birth works, and truly understand the range of normal that birth entails – with my nerdy and mom self. Through practice, videos and stories we will come to understand the emotional signposts of labor, how to best support a laboring mother and how to make the most of your birth experience. Here’s to Happy Birth-Days!

Location: MindBodySoul Yoga, 350 Fort Washington Ave, NY, NY

Reserve you space here (If you have trouble changing the fee amount in PayPal, please e-mail Gillian at


For Birth workers: Doulas, educators, and nursing students are allowed to audit any class without charge.  Please e-mail Gillian for availability!

Birth Focus is excited to welcome Gena Kirby back to NYC to teach us all about Rebozo awesomeness!



Sunday, September 22, 10am-4pm

Classical Wellness Center

Early Bird tickets are STILL AVAILABLE at a discounted rate of $110!

Expectant couples looking to add this amazing resource to their knowledge toolkit in labor please contact Gillian for rates.

Professional attendee tickets are still available for $135 – but limited!

See the BirthFocus post here for more information or register directly via Eventbrite here.

Most commonly asked questions:

Course Credit? Yes, 6 ICEA CEUs are offered with this course.

Can I bring my baby? Nursing babes in arms are always welcome in Gena’s class. Expect them to get held and cooed at. You’ve been warned.

What if I get called to a birth? Gena’s a doula too. Full refunds are available for births, via Eventbrite if before the class and PayPal if afterwards.

There’s also a special event happening the night before, more on that here.

Hello all! I’ve been asked to speak at a Q&A (!!) following the “Sister” Documentary screening this Sat evening, 8/10, 8:15pm, at the Bronx Documentary Center. And I need your help!!


Please help spread the word.
Twitter @Sister_Doc
Location & ticket info:

Sister tells the story of health workers from Ethiopia, Cambodia and Haiti, explores how they find meaning while working under difficult circumstances and reveals maternal and newborn death as a human rights issue. Panelists for the Q&A following the screening include not only the filmmaker herself, Brenda Davis, but myself, Denise West (the Deputy Executive Director of the Brooklyn Perinatal Network. You can see the programs the BPN has been involved in here:, and a midwife who serves in the Bronx and Queens, her name is Frances Perez-Hernandez.

The focus will be on medical and healthcare for underserved mothers and children.

Here are directions (I find mass transit easier but there’s an outdoor parking lot directly next door):
Start time 8:15pm: weather permitting we’ll hold the screening in the BDC’s backyard.

We’re located at 614 Courtlandt Ave (@ 151st St.) Bronx, NY 10451

Subway: 2/5 train to 3rd Ave-149th Street stop (NOT 149th St.-Grand Concourse). We are located three blocks from the station. Walk uphill one block on 149th st. and make a right on Courtlandt Ave. Walk two blocks to the mansion on the corner of 151st.

Bus: BX6, BX13, BX32, BX41

Car: 24-hr Parking Available Next Door to BDC

Tickets available via in advance.

Join me today, rain or shine, for Mamapalooza! I’ll be answering questions about doulas, birth, babies & babywearing! plus I’ll tweet pics of our new accessories.

See you there!



A Mother’s Day Celebration for mothers-to-be AND current mommas!

In Association with Urban Babywearing, I’m doing a FREE Goody Bag giveaway on Sunday morning, May 12th, Mother’s Day, 10-12:30, at the new Dichter’s Pharmacy & Soda Fountain!
Located near the corner of 207 & Broadway (past the plywood scaffolding).

This is not just to spread babywearing love & info, and not just for the coupon for a free scoop of ice cream Manny is letting us make & pass out exclusively for caregivers with kiddos in tow. … But while I’m there …

So bring in your belly, your baby, your carriers and strollers! Check out Manny’s new place, while feeling free to ask me questions about anything: babywearing, Breastfeeding, doulas, etc. Or simply grab & go. Either way, its FREE!

What’s included?
You know I just couldn’t resist the temptation to spread some birthy love & information. I encourage you to give what you might otherwise throw away to someone who can use it:
– NYC Healthy Birth Guides
– La Leche League Manhattan Meeting dates for the next quarter
– my own business card, Uptown Birth
– BirthFocus postcard, to help find a doula
Milkin’ Mamas Breast Milk Donation brochure & convenient refrigerator magnet outlining breast milk storage guidelines

And OF COURSE it also includes:
Urban Babywearing stuff (product brochure, 10% off any carrier coupon, event stuff)
– Dichter Pharmacy coupon, good for one single scoop of ice cream on a cone for any caregiver who comes in with a child. sweet
– Mamapalooza flyer, happening May 19th. Yes, we’ll be there too, but with ALL our products.
– Darling Coffee frequent addict, err, customer card
– Sample satchets of Weleda products AND coupons. A very generous company, and in stock at Dichter’s.
– Chloe the Yogi cards, yoga for kids – As an app!! (Sponsored by Land Yoga)
– Mind Body Soul Yoga & Healing Center info (Another place we teach & will have stock at for your convenience)

More to be listed as we fill up our bags!!! So come back to check for updates & additions to the list!

See you Sunday!

I’m a Childbirth Educator. I LOVE teaching couples about partner based, natural births, had two amazing births (I feel against many odds) because of the full spectrum of education my own courses gave me. As an educator, I charge myself with delivering confidence to my expectant parents in the birth process, knowing the lens I view information with can color their decision making; how I choose to phrase or label things can be carried through to another, unsuspecting ear, like their not even pregnant sister-in-law. Sorry about that. Thus, I teach the stages of labor, clearly defined junctures where hormones and anatomy coalesce into easily defined periods.

But is that how labor really works? Are they really defined strictly, or this a general framework we use to make sense of a highly intense, emotional journey?

The more and more births I go to the more I can say with confidence that labor stages exist, absolutely, but they are anything but clearly defined. A woman’s individual temperment provides the backdrop, the hormones provide the shifting of her into a different, mammalian brain space, and here we are, an entire person going through labor. Not just a list of symptoms.

Gena Kirby is coming to NYC to teach her Rebozo Technique Workshop for us again, and BirthFocus is taking this opportunity to charge you with joining us for an intimate evening to discuss the “Holistic Stages of Labor.” As an extremely well qualified and experienced doula, childbirth educator, and mom she presets this as a shift in viewpoint. Her passion for her work is a jolt of energy to recharge your own mission.

I think this is just as perfect for new doulas starting out as it it for seasoned educators looking for an educating and enlivened perspective. And what better way for us to embrace self care for each other’s work by joining together, increasing our knowledge to pass on to our own clients and students, and maybe drink a little wine.

So after she goes to speak at the U.N., yup, that kind of important person, we have this opportunity. I hope you’ll join us.

March 8th, 6:00-8:30pm, Downtown Hotel TBA upon registration, $45

Gena Kirby


Javier Rodriguez wil be giving chair massages from 1-4pm!! This is a great edition, but get in line because I’m going to want one too!

Make My Cake will be donating free cake samples for all of you future baby shower and birthday party planners!! FREE CAKE! But only while supplies last

Lansinoh gave us enough full size lanolin oils for every grab bag to have one! Full size! This and olive oil are the ONLY things approved for your baby to ingest other than you (the food source) so it’s a great product to come grab for free. Remember: the 1st 50 people to come get a free grab bag!

You, Me & Dupri Children’s Boutique, Birth Focus, and Let’s Talk Schools have all generously donated to our raffle prizes! I am so excited to have these to give to you, and want to thank these groups immensely for continuing to make our event today amazing!

Hope to see you all soon!!

Contact Me

Gillian Foreman 347.565.5597

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Now teaching Babywearing!!

Uptown Birth has expanded its reach to include Babywearing! Look for Urban Babywearing in Harlem, Inwood, Riverdale, and Upper East Side!

Contact NFP

Nurse-Family Partnership Andrea Albert e-mail 917.440.2962