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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.


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!!

**These will be added to the main post as soon as possible**

But in the meantime, the past 24 hours have seen some great new additions to the Birth Fair Uptown!!

Alexandra Neuber, local, mom, and professional photographer has GENEROUSLY stepped up to be our photographer for the event – donating her time, equipment and talents to capture the Birth Fair! Look for her photos and more to advertise future events to come . . . .

Museum of Motherhood is sharing material with us, hoping to increase the awareness of the first EVER Museum just for Moms. (There’s a museum for asphalt, people. And this is the first in the world for Mothers – so go check them out.)

I just received 3 nice boxes of samples from Lansinoh, yet another corporation being very generous to our mommas!

Milkin’ Mamas is sending us breastmilk storage guideline magnets – just for the grab bags! Updated and guaranteed to explain the rules to your visiting family for a much needed date night.

Brazen is in!! There is no other store like this: lingerie, breastfeeding and babywearing classes, LLL and nursing tanks, even sexy nursing pajamas. And Anina, the owner, will fit you while teaching you about breastfeeeding and cloth diapering.

You, Me N Dupri is not only donating coupons for our grab bags but also raffling off some amazing items. Opened just this year, it’s a sweet children’s boutique in Harlem with an amazing mom of a two year old as the owner, so go say hi.


Make My Cake will be participating!!! Yes, I’m telling you that there will be free cake*!! We couldn’t be more excited. We’re salivating, actually.

*while supplies last.

Baby Shower Cake . . . . . . . yuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm

Just a quick shout out and word of appreciation for those sites posting and advertising our upcoming 1st ever Birth Fair Uptown!

Again and again I am thankful to live in area sof real community involvement:

Birth Focus – a great doula group I’m a part of that helps you meet several doulas in one quick setting!! Thanks Elizabeth!

Choices in Childbirth – a non-profit organization that helps women make informed decisions about where, how and with whom to birth and ensure that they have access to the full range of birth options through free events, education and outreach. (Of which I am more than excited to announce I’ll be joining their volunteer committee this year.)

Uptown Flavor – Articles and reviews about restaurants, businesses, and real estate in the rick culture of the Harlem area

Harlem One Stop – An initiative of the Hamilton Heights West Harlem Community Preservation Organization (CPO) which seeks to establish a one stop network for Upper Manhattan-Harlem-based tourism

The Misadventures of Mrs. Levin – Local mom blogger, mom-preneur, In The ‘Wood NYC & Neighborhood Bath! She’s ridonkulous!

And of course Land Yoga!

We’re taking a small break announcing the Birth Fair to reflect on the sudden, unexpected loss of one of uptown’s greatest spots for yoga, culture and community events: Bread and Yoga.

Last night, a terrible fire destroyed this landmark as well as 9 other businesses. (The link connects to the DNAInfo story as well as listing the other businesses and the tweets that circulated the story in record time last night.)

If you are planning on attending the Birth Fair Uptown! please note we will be doing a small informal collection for Marcela Xavier, owner and operator of Bread and Yoga. Donations will be given directly to her to support her and her family during this time.

Please contact us separately for any questions.


Gillian Foreman – Uptown Birth

Lara Land – Land Yoga

***UPDATE: A facebook page, Inwood Community Group, has been started to support the businesses lost in this fire. Furry Fiends is among those also needing support. As part of the birth community, I know the owner and his expectant wife are already looking forward. Please help as you are able. Thank you again!!***

Land Yoga Opens Tonight!


Truly Great stuff being offered here guys – prenata; yoga, kids yoga, family yoga. I look forward to what all this new space will be offering our communities!!

Jennifer Link, a co-Inwood-mom-preneur and friend of mine recently invited me to introduce myself and answer questions at a night of prenatal yoga. Not only is she an amazing mom, baby planner, and yoga teacher, she recently became a prenatal yoga instructor! (Click on her name for a link about her and more on her services, she’s truly amazing.)

The class itself is a 4 part workshop, and runs each week from 12:15 – 1:45 pm. Drop-ins are welcome as well.

Land Yoga, owned by Lara Land, is hosting these amazing workshops, and they have invited different speakers to each class on topics ranging from a reflexologist to a holistic health coach. This represents part of their community outreach and coincides with their ultimate goal of providing a “peri-natal community center”!

Hope to see you there. Namaste.

Uptown Birth and Laure Sinnhuber-Giles (co-Doula & CBE) are pleased to sponsor:

Neonatal Resuscitation Workshop with Karen Strange of

Saturday, May 7th

After having Karen come last Fall to an overbooked class, still turning people away at the last second, it was clear to all of us she meets a need that has been unfulfilled.

Not only is Karen Strange a Certified Professional Midwife and AAP/NRP Instructor, she is a true advocate for pre and perinatal information. Her workshop is full to the brim with amazing information and a new way to see birth, as well as lifesaving measures in the midwifery model – which is most applicable to any birth professional that may find themselves in a moment without medical equipment.

NOW, with the support of the members of Birth Day Presence, I am proud to present a full day workshop for childbirth professionals.


Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Regular Workshop from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm



Birth Day Presence – their Soho Location!

580 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, NY 10012, between Houston & Prince

near the B, D, F, M, N, R, 4 & 6 trains


Fulfills AAP/AHA NRP course of completion (i.e. you get the card)

Evidenced based updates, out of hospital considerations, and more (Including pre-workshop required reading)


$220 for 1st timer / $210 if renewing, Plus $15 location fee

$100 due by April 15th for Pre-registration, balance of fee due the day of the workshop


Follow the links for the brochure, required reading and the registration form.

As always, contact me with any questions – and in the meantime, if you’ve had a chance to take a workshop with Karen give us a review in the comments below!

Contact Me

Gillian Foreman 347.565.5597

Cause you can’t get enuff:

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