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Tips by Trimester: A Becoming Mama Event

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Motherly's Becoming Mama event is an experiential and informative full-day event exploring all three trimesters of pregnancy—plus postpartum! The event will include engaging panels with industry leaders, interactive workshops with experts, intimate, honest stories from influential moms, and a chance to meet your new mom village IRL!

Saturday March 30
10:00am-3:30pm
Betaworks Studios
29 Little W. 12th St., NYC

Event Lineup:

10:00am: Registration + Breakfast

Sponsored by Siggi's

11:00am: Mindful Meditation

featuring Deborah Hanekamp @mamamedicine

11:20am: Finding Your Strength in Childbirth

featuring Eva Amuri @thehappilyeva; Morgane Richardson @doulamorgane; Tinamarie Clark @tinamarieclark; Diana Spalding @mother.ly

11:50am: Calming the Chaos of Motherhood

sponsored by One Medical

featuring Lindsey Bliss @carriagehousebirth; Colleen Wachob @mindbodygreen; Paige Bellenbaum @themotherhoodcenter; Margaret Chapman, M.D. @onemedical; Christie DeGallerie @iischristy

12:15pm: Lunch

1:25pm: Discovering Your Baby Balance

sponsored by Jetblack

featuring Bethany Ciotola @bethanyciotola; Claire Khodara @clairekhodara; Pooja Radia @jetblack; Liz Tenety @mother.ly

1:55pm: Navigating the Fourth Trimester

sponsored by Vital Proteins

featuring Randi Zinn @randizinn; Lashanda Dandrich @uptownvillagenyc; Lindsey Vestal @functionalpelvis; Caryn Johnson @vitalproteins

2:20pm: Snack Break

sponsored by Majka

3:00pm: Relationship SOS

featuring Alexandra Sacks MD @alexandrasacksmd; Alexis Barad Cutler @notsafeformomgroup

PLUS:

Motherly's Gear Lab featuring the best gear for 2019

sponsored by Born Free

Experience Reiki and Mini Sound Baths in our Wellness Lounge

sponsored by Crane

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Take a Seat for a FaceLove Face Massage

sponsored by Evenflo

Enjoy a Light Breakfast & Healthy Lunch.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Born Free, Jetblack, Evenflo, Vital Proteins, Crane, Siggi's, Majka, SZENT Water

Our Gift Bag Sponsors: TwelveLittle, Chewbeads, June & January, OXO, Urbansitter, Weleda, Mom Culture & GimMe, First Aid Beauty, Rael, Water Wipes, Bundle Organics & Trumpette.

And our VIP Gift Bag Sponsors: TwelveLittle, Freshly Picked, HATCH Collection, Summer Infant & Wash With Water.

*While many of Motherly's events are family focused, there will not be specific activities or playspaces for babies or kids. this event is more mom-focused. Babies under 1 are welcome at this event, but a baby carrier is suggested as there's no room for strollers. Please use your discretion.

Meet our speakers

Eva Amurri Martino is a Mom, Wife, former Actress, and now… Blogger! She launched HappilyEvaAfter.com in 2015 as a way to share her multifaceted interests that range from Style, Decor, Food and Crafting—to her role as a new mama! Catch her on social media @thehappilyeva or on her Youtube channel.


Lindsey Bliss is a seasoned birth doula, co-director of Carriage House Birthh and the mother of seven. Lindsey is considered to be a multiples expert after giving birth to and breastfeeding two consecutive sets of twins. As such, Lindsey lends her unique expert insight to the education wing of Carriage House Birth through curriculum building, class development and the dissemination of education through teaching, blog posts, periodical writing and authorship. Lindsey is a newly published author of the book The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth.


Morgane Richardson has been birth doula and perinatal health educator since 2012 and wears a variety of hats in this field including: Former Director of the NYC Doula Collective, Current Head of Practitioner Relations at CYCLES + SEX & Co-Founder of Woven Bodies, an inclusive digital practice supporting queer folks + allies from family planning through parenthood. Morgane holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN Mandated, University For Peace. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, NY with her wife Alexandra and their 11 month old daughter.


Deborah Hanekamp, known as Mama Medicine, is "fashion's favorite healer" (Vogue Magazine). She facilitates Medicine Readings out of her Space in Soho, NYC, integrating over 17 years of experience and wisdom in the healing arts. Her work blends ancient knowledge from across a variety of traditions. At the end of every Medicine Reading Ceremony, Deborah prescribes a ritual bath. These beautiful baths (with flowers, crystals, and herbs), along with her unique aesthetic and approachable personality, have garnered Mama Medicine tens of thousands of global followers on Instagram. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Times, and Marie Claire. In a world of gurus and self-help, Mama Medicine helps us connect to the inner shaman within us all: the power of love. Follow Deborah @MamaMedicine


Alexandra Sacks, MD is the leading expert on "matrescence," the transition to motherhood that is as demanding and transformative as adolescence. She is known for popularizing the concept in her TED talk with over 1.5 million views, and in her article "The Birth of a Mother," the number one most read piece of 2017 for the New York Times "Well Family" section, where she is a regular contributor. She is the host and executive producer of Motherhood Sessions podcast to be released in April 2019 by Gimlet Media, and coauthor of What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood available for pre-sale now.


Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish, and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart and Amazon. Colleen lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, mbg Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob.


LaShanda Dandrich is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC and co- founder of the worker owner Cooperative, Uptown Village Cooperative. After the birth of her daughter in 2009, her passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers and families in the postpartum period blossomed. She became a trained postpartum doula while pursuing her IBCLC credential. She has supported families of all diverse, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout NYC. She resides in Harlem with her 10 year old daughter.


Christy DeGallerie is a New York writer and performer, she can be seen on Refinery 29, Huffington Post, Pop Sugar, Bustle and other various publications. Her work intersects identity and the humor in parenting. She lives north of Manhattan with her responsible and well dressed roommate, whom happens to be her 5 year old daughter, Ava.


Tinamarie Clark is a mother, model and shift stirrer. She guides people through her Five S-Method ™ , which is designed to transform negative emotions and storylines into more positive and empowering ones, while helping them forge deeper connections to themselves and our humanity. She frequently shares "magic in the mundane" moments and "owning your awful" stories, revealing the lessons in her everyday experiences that create transformative shifts in her growth. She holds space and curates conversations for others to share their own Shift Stirring Stories and push to the edge of their own evolution. Learn more at shiftstirrer.com.


Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Chief External Relations Officer at The Motherhood Center. The Motherhood Center provides treatment and support to new and expectant mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) otherwise known as postpartum depression. Paige has 20 year experience creating and overseeing programs for vulnerable populations, as well as advocating and providing education for such populations.

Caryn Johnson is senior vice president of marketing at Vital Proteins, and the force behind Vital's brand strategy. Caryn leads digital programming, celebrity, influencer & brand relationships, brand activation, messaging and consumer education. Her deep-rooted knowledge of the natural beauty space comes from her previous work with well-known skincare brand, Indie Lee, where she honed her integrated marketing skills and helped grow the brand exponentially. At Vital, Caryn has cultivated an aspirational lifestyle where fitness, wellness and beauty are one in the same.


Alexis Barad-Cutler is the founder and facilitator of Not Safe For Mom Group (NSFMG), an online and in-real-life community where women can find connection in talking candidly -- and without shame -- about the grittier sides of the motherhood experience. Also known as "The Mom Group You Didn't Know You Needed," NSFMG publishes boundary-pushing content about motherhood, and hosts live events and meetups in NYC. Alexis lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband, and their two young boys.


Bethany Ciotola is an advertising graduate turned stay at home mom, married with two and became a content creator sharing our everyday beautiful chaos of NYC life with our 3 boys.


Pooja Radia is a soon-to-be mom of 2 boys and 1 dog who is currently running Member Experience at Jetblack, a text-based personal shopping service for busy NYC moms. After earning her MBA at Wharton and spending two years at The Boston Consulting Group (and getting worn down from weekly travels from NYC to Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and even Italy!), she got bitten by the startup bug and launched/ran Luxe's NYC business until the company was sold to Volvo in the summer of 2017. Pooja is committed to building amazing consumer experiences for her fellow busy (and pregnant!) moms and always striving to find hacks on how to make it all work without losing her sense of self.


Margaret "Peggy" Chapman, MD, MS, FA is a board-certified pediatrician with One Medical. Peggy focuses on establishing a trusting and respectful relationship with parents and children to forge a therapeutic alliance. She believes preventive care and parent education are key to raising happy, healthy children-and she feels privileged to be part of the process. She enjoys working with children of all ages, from newborns through adolescents, and is especially interested in child behavior, child development, parenting, and ADHD. She graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and did a chief residency in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital.


Claire Khodara is a singer, live music event producer, radio show host, and mother based in New York. Her international career spans 15 years, with residencies in London & Paris, including performing with David Foster on his most recent tour.


Lindsey Vestal owns The Functional Pelvis, a private practice specializing in pelvic floor therapy "house calls" for pre and postnatal women. She has dedicated her career to empowering women to find relief from conditions such as bowel and urinary incontinence, constipation, dyspareunia, pelvic pain, prolapse and pre and postnatal complications. She has trained with Herman & Wallace Institute, Marquette University, Diane Lee's Integrated Systems Model, Maitland as well as specialized biofeedback training for the pelvic floor. She is a certified Restore Your Core™ (RYC™) teacher. She graduated from NYU with a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy and lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children Avery, 7 and Liam, 5.


Liz Tenety is co-founder and Chief Digital Officer of Motherly. A former Washington Post editor, she's also a mom of 3 with one more on the way.

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If there's one thing you learn as a new mama, it's that routine is your friend. Routine keeps your world spinning, even when you're trucking along on less than four hours of sleep. Routine fends off tantrums by making sure bellies are always full and errands aren't run when everyone's patience is wearing thin. And routine means naps are taken when they're supposed to, helping everyone get through the day with needed breaks.

The only problem? Life doesn't always go perfectly with the routine. When my daughter was born, I realized quickly that, while her naps were the key to a successful (and nearly tear-free!) day, living my life according to her nap schedule wasn't always possible. There were groceries to fetch, dry cleaning to pick up, and―if I wanted to maintain any kind of social life―lunch dates with friends to enjoy.

Which is why the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller was such a life-saver. While I loved that it was just 14 pounds (perfect for hoisting up the stairs to the subway or in the park) and folds down small enough to fit in an airplane overhead compartment (you know, when I'm brave enough to travel again!), the real genius of this pint-sized powerhouse is that it doesn't skimp on comfort.

Nearly every surface your baby touches is padded with plush cushions to provide side and lumbar support to everything from their sweet head to their tiny tush―it has 40% more padding than other compact strollers. When nap time rolls around, I could simply switch the seat to its reclined position with an adjustable leg rest to create an instant cozy nest for my little one.

There's even a large UV 50 sun canopy to throw a little shade on those sleepy eyes. And my baby wasn't the only one benefiting from the comfortable design― the Metro is the only stroller certified "back healthy" by the AGR of Germany, meaning mamas get a much-needed break too.

I also appreciate how the Metro fits comfortably into my life. The sleek profile fits through narrow store aisles as easily as it slides up to a table when I'm able to meet a pal for brunch. Plus, the spring suspension means the tires absorb any bumps along our way―helping baby stay asleep no matter where life takes us. When it's time to take my daughter out, it folds easily with one hand and has an ergonomic carry handle to travel anywhere we want to go.

Life will probably never be as predictable as I'd like, but at least with our Metro stroller, I know my child will be cradled with care no matter what crosses our path.

This article is sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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It's been more than a year since Khloé Kardashian welcomed her daughter True Thompson into the world, and like a lot of new moms, Khloé didn't just learn how to to be a mom this year, she also learned how to co-parent with someone who is no longer her partner. According to the Pew Research Center, co-parenting and the likelihood that a child will spend part of their childhood living with just one parent is on the rise.

There was a ton of media attention on Khloé's relationship with True's father Tristan Thompson in her early days of motherhood, and in a new interview on the podcast "Divorce Sucks!," Khloé explained that co-parenting with someone you have a complicated relationship with isn't always easy, but when she looks at True she knows it's worth it.

"For me, Tristan and I broke up not too long ago so it's really raw," Khloé tells divorce attorney Laura Wasser on the podcast. She explains that even though it does "suck" at times, she's committed to having a good relationship with her ex because she doesn't want True to pick up on any negative energy, even at her young age.

That's why she invited Tristan to True's recent first birthday bash, even though she knew True wouldn't remember that party. "I know she's going to want to look back at all of her childhood memories like we all do," Khloé explained. "I know her dad is a great person, and I know how much he loves her and cares about her, so I want him to be there."

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We totally get why being around Tristan is hard for Khloé, but it sounds like she's approaching co-parenting with a positive attitude that will benefit True in the long run. Studies have found that shared parenting is good for kids and that former couples who have "ongoing personal and emotional involvement with their former spouse" are more likely to rate their co-parenting relationship positively.

Khloé says her relationship with Tristan right now is "civilized," and hopefully it can get even better with time. As Suzanne Hayes noted in her six guiding principles for a co-parenting relationship, there's no magic bullet for moving past the painful feelings that come when a relationship ends and into a healthy co-parenting relationship, but treating your ex with respect and (non-romantic) love is a good place to start. Hayes describes it as "human-to-human, parent-to-parent, we-share-amazing-children-and-always-will love."

It's a great place to start, and it sounds like Khloé has already figured that out.

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Kim Kardashian West welcomed her fourth child into the world. The expectancy and arrival of this boy (her second child from surrogacy) has garnered much attention.

In a surrogacy pregnancy, a woman carries a pregnancy for another family and then after giving birth she relinquishes her rights of the child.

On her website, Kim wrote that she had medical complications with her previous pregnancy leading her to this decision. “I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy. Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn't safe for my—or the baby's—health to carry on my own."

While the experience was challenging for her, “The connection with our baby came instantly and it's as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl."

A Snapchat video hinted that Kim may have planned to breastfeed her third child. What she chooses to do is of course none of our business. But is has raised the very interesting question, “Wait, can you breastfeed when you use a surrogate?"

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The answer is yes, you sure can! (And you can when you adopt a baby, too!)

When a women is pregnant, she begins a process called lactogenesis in which her body prepares itself to start making milk. This usually starts around the twenty week mark of pregnancy (half way through). Then, when the baby is born, the second phase of lactogenesis occurs, and milk actually starts to fill the breasts.

All of this occurs in response to hormones. When women do not carry a pregnancy, but wish to breastfeed, they can induce lactation, where they replicate the same hormonal process that happens during pregnancy.

A woman who wants to induce lactation can work with a doctor or midwife, and start taking the hormones estrogen and progesterone (which grow breast tissue)—often in the form of birth control pills—along with a medication called domperidone (which increases milk production).

Several weeks before the baby will be born, the woman stops taking the birth control pill but continues to take the domperidone to simulate the hormonal changes that would happen in a pregnancy. She'll also start pumping multiple times per day, and will likely add herbal supplements, like fenugreek and blessed thistle.

Women can also try to induce lactation without the hormones, by using pumping and herbs, it may be harder but some women feel more comfortable with that route.

Inducing lactation takes a lot of dedication—but then again, so does everything related to be a mama. It's a super personal decision, and not right for everyone.

The important thing to remember is that we need to support women and mothers through their entire journey, no matter what decisions they make about themselves and their families—whether Kardashian or the rest of us.

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