Resources for New Moms: A Sonoma County Guide

 

resources for new moms

Postpartum is tough. It can be incredibly beautiful; it is also messy, stressful, isolating, and exhausting. When you are feeling like you’re burning the candle at both ends, and there just isn’t enough coffee in the pot to get you through another day, you need some mama support! Women weren’t meant to mother in a vacuum. We should not feel like we need to do this alone! I’ve compiled a list of Sonoma County resources that support mamas and their babies in the early years. Starred resources are ones I used and found helpful, other resources were suggested by friends. I hope these can be a starting place for you on your own journey!

Postpartum Mother Groups and Classes:

Mothering Arts Mothering circles for mamas and babies in the postpartum year

Creative Parenting Center Wide variety of classes and groups

Kaiser Mommy and Me Open to Kaiser members only. Community building, support, and breastfeeding help through 1 year.

 The Luma Center Offers a wide variety of wellness services, including a mother’s group, herbal apothecary, mama and baby yoga, and naturopathic health practitioners.

Lactation Resources:

Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition: A PDF detailing drop-in lactation services around Sonoma County.

 Babywearing:

*Sonoma County Babywearing Enthusiasts  Free. Several monthly meetings where you can meet other awesome mamas, learn how to safely wear your baby, and try out all sorts of carriers. They are working on building a lending library, which is currently available for you to try on at meetings.

Sonoma County Tula Love: A local group for Tula lovers who want to do occasional meet-ups.

Health and Fitness Services/Classes:

Acorn Chiropractic Club Dr Matt and Dr Jen have a special interest in pregnant and new mamas, as well as infants and children.

Stroller Strides Fitness classes for moms in all stages of pregnancy/postpartum and beyond!

Hike it Baby: Do you and your little want to get out and explore our beautiful countryside? This is the group for you!

Music Classes:

 Music Together

My husband, daughter and I have loved these classes!

Mini Music Classes in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties

Sonoma County Library Music and Story Times Free. Schedule and locations vary.

Other Resources:

North Bay Regional Center: Provides early intervention for suspected speech, sensory, or other delays and disorders. Many children qualify under the state program and are given these support services for free.

Early Learning Institute  ELI is a great resource, offering services to infants and children with special needs. They now also offer a variety of play groups, classes, and parent support groups for children of all abilities.

Swain Center: An excellent place for speech therapy and learning support, including early intervention programs.

Play Groups:

Kindergym:

Santa Rosa through Parks and Recreation Department

Guerneville and Forestville: Free but donations accepted, through River to Coast Children’s Services

Storytimes in Sonoma & Napa: A great resource for moms looking to connect with other moms, for free!

What resources have you found in-valuable? Please share in the comments!

 

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6 Responses to Resources for New Moms: A Sonoma County Guide

  1. Alyson Ecke
    Alyson Ecke July 4, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    This is a great list of wonderful resources Vanessa! Wish I had this when I was postpartum!!

  2. Liz July 5, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Thrive birth center has great offerings as well! Really great Yoga classes, different workshops, and I think they are starting up a moms group?

    • vanessaalexander
      vanessaalexander July 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

      Ooo! Good ideas Liz! I’m hoping to update this list as I learn about new resources. I will add them for sure!

  3. Sarah July 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    Beautiful list, though I feel adding postpartum doulas and newborn care Specilaist would be amazing!!!

    Reach out if you wish, as I could provide names/referrals.

    • Randi Cornwall
      Randi Cornwall July 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

      Sarah-thanks for your input. We are currently working on a complete resource guide for pregnancy and infant stages. Feel welcome to email us: info {at} sonomacountymomsblog {dot} com to provide resources and contacts- if you wish. ?

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