Keeping the Flame Alive in Postpartum Life: How to Stay Connected + Intimate
Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Keeping the Flame Alive in Postpartum Life: How to Stay Connected + Intimate

Are you and your partner looking for answers to your questions about sex after having children?

When it comes to postpartum life, we are often left alone in the dark and confused about sex. If we are not well prepared for the physiological and emotional changes we may experience during pregnancy, delivery, and in postpartum life, then of course we are going to feel uneasy and anxious.

When it comes to sex, new parents may find themselves wondering:

  • Will sex ever feel like it used to (before becoming a parent)?

  • Will I ever want to be touched again?

  • What can I do if my sexual desire has drastically changed and my partner’s has stayed the same?

These questions are the real deal and so is sexual health during postpartum life. In efforts to make the experience less daunting, Embrace Sexual Wellness and The Haven Group have joined together to design a workshop to address these very concerns on sexual intimacy during postpartum life. We are here to answer your burning questions and provide tools to help you stay intimately connected during this transition to parenthood. Whether you are a couple months or a couple years postpartum, these concerns are pertinent!

Consider joining us on June 29th for a conversation on keeping the flame alive during postpartum life!

Cost: $35/person (attend with your partner or on your own)

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CPR and Choking Relief for Infants and Young Children
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

CPR and Choking Relief for Infants and Young Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all expectant/new parents learn CPR. Choking is the #1 cause of accidental infant death. CPR and choking relief skills are vital for parents of infants of young children. This fun class follows American Heart Association Guidelines, featuring infant and child CPR, choking relief, AED use, as well as hands only CPR for adults. This class is especially geared for parents.  Our CPR Instructors are certified by the AHA & have experience working with more than 20,000 new families, and we are skilled in the safety challenges that new parents face. We also include the other essential safety information specific to new families: SIDS prevention, poison control and car seat safety.   Non-crawling babies are welcome to attend with their parents.  


Led by Kim Wilschek, RN and CPR Instructor
Cost: $40/individual; $75/Couple

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Essential Oils Workshop
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Essential Oils Workshop

During this workshop, you will learn how to safely and effectively use essential oils in pregnancy, labor/birth, post birth, and with your children.

With all the information out on the internet it is so hard to really know how to safely and effectively use essential oils for yourself and your family. Come to this 90 minute educational workshop to understand what essential oils are and how to use them appropriately, especially for families expecting or who have young children. Detailed handouts are provided as well as a quick reference guide. We will also make a roller ball with therapeutic grade essential oils.

Cost: $25 per person

Taught by Robin Ross, Birth Doula, Hypnobabies Instructor, and Certified Aromatherapist

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Potty Training Class: Out of Diapers
Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Potty Training Class: Out of Diapers

Thinking of potty training your toddler?

Let Sarah Grover of Oh Crap! Potty Training help you set your child up for success. Oh Crap! Potty Training has made it possible for tens of thousands of kids to get Out of Diapers!

In this one-time 90 minute class you will learn:

  • Best Age Window to Potty Train

  • 4 Common Myths of Potty Training

  • How to Ditch the Diapers

This is not another 3-day miracle method! 

Taught by Sarah Grover, a certified potty training consultant and educator. She is passionate about fostering independence in young children. Sarah has worked with hundreds of clients helping get their children out of diapers and on with the business of childhood!

Cost: $25/family

Read more about Oh Crap! Potty Training at www.ohcrappottytrainingchicago.com

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Infant Sleep: 7 Tips To Achieve a Better Night's Sleep for Your Baby
Apr
5
11:00 AM11:00

Infant Sleep: 7 Tips To Achieve a Better Night's Sleep for Your Baby

This class is designed for parents of babies 3-9 months old

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, one thing that is consistent is that all newborns feed round the clock, and wake multiple times in the night. This is normal! The question is how do you create the best environment to encourage your child to sleep longer?

In this class, Kelly Murray, from Kelly Murray Sleep Consulting, will share her, "7 Tips To Achieve a Better Night's Sleep for Your Baby".  She will cover everything from naps, bedtime, night wakings and early morning wakings. You will walk away with techniques that you can implement immediately to help your baby get the sleep they need for their emotional, mental and physical well-being.

Taught by Kelly Murray, Sleep Consultant

Cost: $35

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Understanding, Preventing, and Healing Diastasis Recti
Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

Understanding, Preventing, and Healing Diastasis Recti

Women’s Health Workshop: Understanding, Preventing and Healing Diastasis Recti

Whether you are 6 weeks, 6 months or 6 years postpartum; currently expecting; or never been pregnant before, it is important to begin to understand and learn more about your abdominal muscles.

This workshop is for any woman at any stage! In this two hour workshop, you will learn:

• A Brief anatomy of the female abdominal muscles

• The causes and implications of Diastasis Recti

• A Self-assessment for Diastasis Recti

• Tools to improve abdominal tone and to prevent or reduce the separation by incorporating the practice of yoga in your daily routine.

The workshop will end with a brief discussion and handouts will be provided for you to take home.

No prior yoga experience is required.

Led by Eurika Jankauskaite, she is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She holds certifications in both Prenatal/Postnatal and Restorative Yoga. Eurika’s teaching style is based on Classical Hatha with a fusion of contemporary branches to best serve the body and mind of today’s modern world. For Eurika, it is important to approach yoga by practicing it in a non-competitive space and create an environment where it can be practiced safely. Inside her classroom the space is used to empower and inspire all to take responsibility for their own physical and mental health through the practice of yoga. She strongly believes that yoga is in everybody and yoga is for everybody. Yoga is a very powerful gateway to one’s personal transformation and it will embrace you no matter where you are at on your personal journey.

Cost: $40


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Dog + Baby
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Dog + Baby

Are you expecting a new bundle of joy? Are you worried about introducing your four-legged family members to your new baby? Then this is the workshop for you!

Discussion will include tips on making your pooch feel comfortable around your baby, how to introduce your pup and baby, tips and tricks on making the transition easier, and how to identify signs of stress in your dog.

Taught by Alicia Obando, MA, Child and Pet Care Professional

Cost: $25/person or $35/couple

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Choosing a Provider: OB-Gyn or Midwife, A Comparison of Care
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Choosing a Provider: OB-Gyn or Midwife, A Comparison of Care

Are you pregnant and deciding which provider is right for you?

Considering either a midwife or an OB-Gyn to manage your pregnancy, attend your labor and catch your baby?

Join Sue Gottschall, Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator, for a lively discussion and overview of the differences between an OB and a Midwife. She will take you through how an Obstetrician and a midwife are trained, some of the differences in their philosophies of care, and how this may impact the care they give you and the procedures they offer you. You will also have an opportunity to discuss some of the choices offered to you by both Obstetricians and Midwives. There will be an opportunity to ask your questions about providers as well.

Cost:

$35/singe registrant

$50/couple

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From the Bottle to the Table
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

From the Bottle to the Table

The “Bottle to the Table” workshop will cover all introductory information for parents and caregivers of infant children (3 - 6 months) who are, or will be soon, ready to begin feeding complementary foods (“solids”). This workshop will cover:

●     Why how we feed matters

●     Establishing food readiness

●     Potential obstacles for weaning

●     Styles (“baby-led”/spoon/both)

●     List of equipment

●     “20 Great Options” for first foods

●     Food allergies

●     Food safety

●     Nutritional needs and balanced meals for children

 Approximately 1 hour and 15 - 30 minutes will be dedicated to presentation of materials, and 15 - 30 minutes will be left for questions.

 Angelina will provide handouts and links for further learning during the workshop and will stay at Family Picnic to fully answer questions of participants.

Registration covers a family (parents, caregivers, etc); babies in arms welcome

Cost: $50

Led by: Angelina Pizzi, a Parent Coach and Founder of OneTwoThrive Kids, a parent and child caregiver resource that helps families develop healthy relationships with food, feeding, and each other. She developed her program, From the Bottle to the Table, while serving multiple families as an elite career nanny. She shares the strategies she’s learned at those family dining tables so that you can serve them at yours.

 You can find Angelina at OneTwoThrive.com, or directly at angelina@onetwothrive.com!


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Dad's Group
Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

Dad's Group

Meets the Third Sunday of every month. 

This group is meant to be a place where dads (with or without their babies) can gather together and talk candidly about what fatherhood has been like!

Join new dad, Jerry, and his baby, Watts, for lively discussions and daddy camraderie! This will be a great opportunity for you to tell your perspective on your baby's birth, talk about how bonding with your baby is going, how you and your partner are supporting each other, and the struggles that come with all of these experiences! This is a group for you and it will follow your needs. Join a great group of other dads and find out you're not the only one! 

 

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Relaxation Yoga for Moms
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Relaxation Yoga for Moms

Class held on: Sunday, November 12th

7:00-8:00 for class with wine and conversation following class

Relaxation Yoga for Postpartum Moms                                                                                     Join other moms for an evening of relaxing yoga, friends, wine and cheese.                       Taught by mother and Yoga Instructor,  Lauren Plagens 

This class is designed for moms in the year after childbirth. It will be a time planned just for you so leave your baby and cares behind and focus on you. It will be followed by a glass of wine and time to chat with other moms.

Lauren is from Cleveland, Ohio, where she owns a yoga studio appropriately named, 3 SISTERS yoga with her 2 sisters (www.3sistersyoga.com).  She is new-ish to Chicago and new to motherhood.  She completed her 200 hour yoga certification in 2012 at Bhumi's Yoga in Ohio.  Lauren looks forward to sharing the joy of yoga with you and your baby!

Cost: $15 (all proceeds donated to a special fund for a mom from Picnic's community and her baby, Sage. Sage is was diagnosed with a rare heart and lung disease at 6 months, She was in The Critical Care Unit at Children's Hospital for 2 months and still must return at times. Her amazing parents, Michelle and Luis, provide most of the 24/7 care that Sage needs, focusing on the moments they have with her each day.)

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Green Baby Basics
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Green Baby Basics

Do you want to “Go Green” in your home, but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for a crash course where we'll discuss common toxins that are found in everyday products, eco-friendly alternatives, Going Green in the nursery, and so much more. We will also share tips to help you better understand product labels, as well as actions steps to implement at home so you can easily navigate this path to “green” health for your family. Babies in arms welcome!

Any questions on course content can be directed to Kimmie at  kimmie@yourmilkshoppe.com.

Led By Kimie Johnson, Owner at Your Milk Shoppe

Cost: $35/family

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Surviving the Postpartum Period Together
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Surviving the Postpartum Period Together

Monday, February 6th  7-8:30 pm

The postpartum period can be a challenging time in your life and your baby does not come with an instruction manual! Also, the changes a woman goes through after birth can effect her physical and mental resilience, and in turn, the partnership of the couple involved. Join us to discuss all of these changes and to ask a professional all of your burning questions.

Taught by Lisa Zimmerman, RN, CPN, IBCLC (read more about Lisa in our 'about; section)

Cost: $35 per couple

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Sign With Baby
Dec
6
to Dec 7

Sign With Baby

Do you wish you had a glimpse into what your baby is thinking about or what they want and need? Help your little one share his or her world with you by learning how to effectively use sign language.

In this introductory workshop, you will learn:

  • why signing is valuable to your family
  • how to begin signing with your baby
  • effective ways to teach signs at home
  • easy ideas for using signs in daily routines and activities to make signing fun for you and baby!  

Come learn how to reduce tears & tantrums and bond with your baby through communication.  Class is appropriate for families with babies 6 -18 months.

Taught by: Wendy Auffant, Speech Pathologist

Cost: $40 per family

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Grandparent Workshop
Nov
20
3:00 PM15:00

Grandparent Workshop

Are you an expectant or new grandparent? 

Then this class is for you!  Join Sue on Sunday to discuss the following topics and anything else you'd like to bring up.
*Changes in hospital births in the last 20-30 years
*Recent Changes in Breastfeeding and how best to support the breastfeeding mom
*When is real food introduced today? Is it different from when you parented?
*Recent information on baby's sleep - when and where?
*Scheduling or laissez faire for baby?
*Spoiling the baby?  Is it possible?
*What to know and do about the 9 month old rejecting you
*Thoughts about disagreements between parents and grandparents
Sue is excited to offer this workshop. She is the grandparent of seven whose care she has been active in, and has worked in Child Development with families and teachers all of her career.

Taught by: Sue Gottschall, M.Ed, CBE, CLC

Cost: $60 (for both grandparents)

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Massage Class for Moms and Partners
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

Massage Class for Moms and Partners

Techniques for Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum

"Learning to relax and give comfort to a pregnant partner is a rewarding experience that enhances the intimate bond between the two of you and the unborn child. Massaging your partner may create more involvement in the pregnancy and increase closeness, allowing you to play a more active role in care-giving.
Knowing how to carefully help the expecting mother relax, breathe, and release tensions can be a satisfying experience during pregnancy and beyond.

Learn special massage techniques to support the pregnant and postpartum mom that will prove invaluable throughout labor

Practice the power of touch in our private, safe, space

Partners will learn safe strokes and soothing ways to deal with the common discomfort of pregnancy, improve circulation and boost energy. Safety measures will be thoroughly explained.    

Mothers-to-be will relax and feel well cared for

*A candlelit evening with refreshments

Taught by Adriana Liwsky, Certified Massage Therapist and Doula

Cost: $60/couple

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Thriving With Baby
Jul
29
to Jul 30

Thriving With Baby

“It makes you talk and think about things that you forgot or did not consider. I feel more prepared and grounded in our family goals.”
— Gerald

Friday, July 29th 7:00-9:00 pm & Saturday, July 30th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this two-day seminar, we will tackle many subjects that couples normally don’t consider addressing or think about until they become serious stressors. According to the Gottman Institute in 2011, 67% of couples stated they were very unhappy with each other during the first 3 years of their baby’s life.  Let’s change that alarming statistic together by focusing on PREVENTION versus REACTION.  We will discuss the birthing of your family before, during, and after baby is born. 

This non-judgmental seminar is for parents who are committed to or attempting to co-parent together.

Fee: $75 per couple

(Sliding scale available please contact prior to event day to make arrangements)

Facilitators:  Nicole Woodcox Bolden M.S.W

                                     &

                   Marcus Bolden M.P.H

This husband/wife team and parents of a toddler will facilitate not only from research but also from experience.

For more information and to register, go to www.Thrivingwithbaby.com or email at info@thrivingwithbaby.com

“This course is a collaborative workshop that helps you define and strategize how to approach your new family, armed with tools, techniques, and real stories.”
— Tope
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Mommy Razzi Workshop
May
17
11:00 AM11:00

Mommy Razzi Workshop

We are excited to be partnering with Modernly Classic Photography to bring you the Mommy Razzi Workshop. Don't worry, Dads are invited too! After all they are the true Paparazzi! During this workshop, you will have fun while learning techniques for taking pictures of your child. All you need to bring is you, your child, and a camera.  Don't have a fancy camera? No problem! Any camera is fine, even a cell phone. Please note that space is limited to only 15 adults so be sure to register early for your spot.

Cost: $5 per family

Led by photographer, Candace Ashford

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Bittersweet Beginnings: A Group for Mothers and Mothers-to-be
Mar
8
to May 17

Bittersweet Beginnings: A Group for Mothers and Mothers-to-be

Are you having mixed feelings about being pregnant, having a baby, or becoming a parent?  Most of us do!  This group is for any mother (birth or non birth mother) willing to share these feelings with other women, and learn simple strategies to begin to address them.  It is a group that will offer both communion and support in an intimate and private setting.  Jennifer Batza, MSW from the Wildflower Center for Emotional Health, will meet weekly with mothers on an on-going basis.  

Led by Jennifer Batza, a mother and psychotherapist at Wildflower Center for Emotional Health. Pre-registration is required for your first time attending.

Tuesdays, 11:45-1:15

Cost: $15 /session (sliding fee scale available)

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