new parents’ support group

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

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

  • 10.3 Birth stories (share as little or as much as you'd like)
  • 10.10 The oh so big topic of sleep
  • 10.17 Feeding the babe: breast, bottle & pump tips and tricks
  • 10.24 The baby blues: why do I feel this way?
  • 10.31 Self-image: Who am I now?
  • 11.7 Baby-wearing: bring your favorite and least favorite carrier to share or swap with the group
  • 11.14 When was the last time I took a shower? And other self-care questions
  • 11.21 Date night — and now we are three: balancing your relationship with your partner
  • 11.28 The changing friendship grid
  • 12.5 The world of childcare: nannies, babysitters and grandma
  • 12.12 Traveling with babies and kids
  • 12.19 Having Number 2: Adjusting the Family Structure to Fit a New Baby

Tina Goldstein is a pre/postnatal yoga teacher, certified breastfeeding counselor, mother of a kindergartener, 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 Denise McDonald and Heather Mullen lead this 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. Denise and Heather 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:

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.

Heather is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice serving Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Heather has been working with postpartum mothers and baby for the past six years. She spent two years studying with some of the masters in lactation in New York City, first during her eighteen month internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital and then in the field as she shadowed some of the best IBCLCs in private practice today. Heather has also been a La Leche League Leader and a Certified Postpartum Doula. It is this extensive training as well as her own experience as a nursing mother that informs her deep understanding of the challenges many new mother’s face as they try to find their way in the first overwhelming, exhausting days of motherhood.

 *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.