Mom & Baby Groups


Mom & Baby Class Overview

Upcoming Classes:

May 17 – June 21, 2015 | Sundays 3:30pm-5:00pm
602 Davis Street, Evanston, IL
Facilitator: Margarita Valbuena

Today, more and more new mothers are living apart from family and longtime friends. Husbands or partners often have limited time off before returning to work, which means that new moms often find themselves at home alone with their baby for long stretches of time. Without a strong network of family or friends at similar life stages nearby, this period can be extremely lonely and isolating for new moms.

Our Mom & Baby classes aim to give you a community of other mothers with whom to navigate the new parent period. They provide an environment where you can connect and learn from fellow parents at the same stage of parenting as you are in order to build your own ‘ohana’. The classes are appropriate for mothers with babies 0-12 months of age, and are facilitated by experienced Ohana staff to provide expertise on the range of topics covered in the classes:

Week 1: The Emotions and Myths of Motherhood
Week 2: Birth Stories & Self-Identity As A Mother
Week 3: Relationships With Partners and Others
Week 4: Feeding and Sleeping
Week 5: Decisions about Work and Childcare
Week 6: Baby’s Development Milestones from 0-12 Months

“The Ohana new moms/mom and baby class is excellent. I started when my son was only three weeks old and arrived at the first class covered in spitup and not entirely sure how to adjust the buckles on the carseat–this class helped me answer practical questions, troubleshoot problems with sleep and feeding, refine my ideas about my own parenting goals and style, and connect with a community of like-minded women who have become fast friends and my allies in new parenthood. It’s much better than a free meetup, because it’s run by people who actually can answer questions. Truly, this is the best thing I’ve joined since giving birth. I don’t know how to say it any louder. GO TO OHANA. You’ll be so, so, so glad that you did!” – K.B., Ohana client


Please contact us for more information or click here to sign up.
Client Reviews
"I have no doubt that Jocelyn Alt made my natural childbirth possible."
"I credit my successful VBAC [Vaginal Birth After Cesarean] at age 39 mostly to the support of Autumn and Jocelyn."
"Having Autumn there with me was an immeasurable gift. She was a deep well of quiet strength, experience, and knowledge."
"Having Jocelyn & Autumn on the team boosted our decision-making and confidence. Their knowledge & experience stands out."
"They were incredible at 'reading the room' and being able to tell how much or how little attention I was needing at the moment."
"Working with Jocelyn and Autumn was a pleasure. They were attentive, compassionate and engaged from the first time we reached out to them, to even now, weeks after the birth."
"Jocelyn has magic hands! My pain just seemed to melt away with her massages."
"It was so great to have been able to meet and work with two doulas."
"The thing I appreciated the most about having Jocelyn at my birth was her natural ability to put me at ease."
"I really can’t rave enough about how Jocelyn helped me help my wife."
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