new parents’ meetings

Every Tuesday from 1:00-2:30pm
Led by Tina Goldstein

New Parents' Meetings are on summer break and will resume after Labor Day!

Come join us weekly in a supportive space where you can share your experiences and concerns, ask questions and find common ground while forming community with other parents. This hour and a half focuses on a topic concerning the profound transition into parenthood, but is open to individual concerns, so bring your baby (newborns up to 18 months) and your lunch and meet some new friends who truly “get” what you’re going through.

Upcoming Topics

  • 2.21 Mid-Winter Break: NO CLASS
  • 2.28 The Changing Friendship Grid
  • 3.7 Having Number 2: Adjusting the Family Structure to Fit a New Baby
  • 3.14 Childcare: Nannies, Babysitters and Grandma
  • 3.21 Traveling with Babies + Kids
  • 3.28 Baby and Kid-Friendly Brooklyn
  • 4.4 Birth Stories (share as little or as much as you'd like)
  • 4.11 The Oh-So-Big Topic of Sleep (Will I ever get any?)
  • 4.18 Feeding the Babe: Breast, Bottle and Pump
  • 4.25 The Baby Blues: Why do I feel this way?
  • 5.2 Baby-Wearing: Bring Your Favorite & Least Favorite Carrier to Swap
  • Summer break until after Labor Day!

Tina Goldstein is a pre/postnatal yoga teacher, mother of a preschooler and is working toward her postpartum doula certification. Her passion and fascination with all things moms, babies and kids has put her on the path of providing open-minded support to her clients and students whatever their choices may be.

breastfeeding support clinic 

Every Thursday from 1:00-2:30
Led by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Bring your baby and your breastfeeding questions! International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Eden Bertrang and Denise McDonald, are leading a drop-in group Breastfeeding Clinic at Bend & Bloom. You will be able to meet other breastfeeding moms and babies, check on your baby’s weight, and grow in your breastfeeding skills. Eden and Denise will work with you and your baby to help you meet your breastfeeding goals in a relaxed and nurturing environment. 

You may also bring your breast pump and kit if you need to pump during the support group, or need an assessment of fit, comfort, or efficiency. If you're having trouble making enough milk, please bring expressed milk or formula with you. 

Meet our Lactation Consultants:

Eden is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She is also a certified cooperative childbirth educator and DONA-certified labor support doula. During her training, Eden participated in the Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Lactation Internship program and was supervised by some of NYC’s most experienced lactation consultants. She also completed the Midwifery Assistant Training with Ina May Gaskin at The Farm and in 2010, traveled to Senegal to volunteer in a maternity clinic. Eden currently serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY) and is a member of the New York Lactation Consultants Association (NYLCA), the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).

Denise is a certified IBCLC and lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with her husband and 2 sons. She provides personalized breastfeeding support to families seeking a lactation consultant to achieve their breastfeeding goals. She has supported mothers with low milk supply, oversupply, mastitis, blocked ducts, and back-to-work concerns, among other breastfeeding concerns. To keep up-to-date in her field, she is a member of New York Lactation Consultants Association (NYLCA), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) and attends conferences and webinars related to her field.

 *We would like for our Postpartum Support Groups to be accessible to all mothers, so you are welcome to donate a lesser amount if the cost exceeds your current capacity.