Monday, March 6th & 20th, 1:00-2:30 pm in the Nest
Milk & Cookies: Community Breastfeeding Drop In Clinic Bring your baby and your breastfeeding challenges! You can check your baby’s weight, meet other breastfeeding Moms and grow in your breastfeeding skills. Jean Helen Vondriska, MEd, IBCLC will work with you and your baby to help you meet your breastfeeding goals in a relaxed, nurturing environment. And yes, there will be cookies! $40 consultation fee. Jean Helen Vondriska, MEd, IBCLC became interested in breastfeeding through nursing her own two children. As a result of that interesting and rewarding experience, she became a volunteer breastfeeding counselor and then an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Working as a private practice IBCLC since 2007.
Tuesday, March TBA, 2-3:00 pm
Coffee Talk with Dr. Sue Have you wondered how your little one perceives and is making sense of the world around them? Enjoy a cup of delicious coffee with Dr. Sue, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Bring your cognitive development questions and learn about how you can become involved in research at Northwestern’s Infant Cognition Lab. Sue Hespos is a cognitive psychologist specializing in change and continuity in cognitive abilities throughout human development. She strives to improve our understanding of fundamental aspects of cognition through research on object representation, number concept, and the neural mechanisms of perception. Her primary interest is to study core perceptual and conceptual capacities that are common to everyone and to learn how these abilities are influenced by language. The National Science Foundation funds her research. She is an avid bicyclist and loves Chicago because there are endless new, cool restaurants to try.
Thursday, March 9th, 11:00 am-noon
Mama Power Hour with Anya This meet-up is offered in conjunction with Mama Power Gear founded to celebrate motherhood and connect moms. Come connect, relax, and have fun with other local mamas and their little ones for a discounted admission ($10 one child, $5 each additional child) for an all day pass and receive 10% off of any purchases made from Mama Power Gear.
Anya Tanyavutti is a mama. She also has a Master’s in Education and has served as a program and project director , strategic planning consultant, and educator. These days, in addition to chasing a toddler and developing Mama Power Gear, she’s working on growing baby number two and nurturing her love for learning and the arts-all of which she enjoys immensely.
Friday, March 10th, 11:00-noon
Attachment Parenting Information Session Have you been curious about Attachment Parenting and wonder what all the buzz is about? Come learn the fundamentals of the Attachment Parenting philosophy. Join facilitator Gina Hughes as she provides an overview of the eight guiding principles.
Gina Hughes is the facilitator of the parenting support group, North Shore Attachment Parenting. The group is internationally accredited through Attachment Parenting International and meets twice per month in Northbrook to discuss a variety of parenting topics. Gina has a background in education, and taught middle school for seven years. Now, she is a stay-at-home-mom to her three-year-old daughter. She spends much of her free time studying child development and gentle parenting techniques.
Thursday, March 16th, 11:00am-noon
Why Organic? Q&A Join us for an informational Q&A session on the benefits of choosing organic products for both your children and the environment. Learn what “organic” means and begin the process of deciding for yourself what it means to be a conscious consumer.
Jenny Solomon is the Owner/Designer at Simple Grace Design. Simple Grace Design (found on Etsy and Wayfair) strives to offer all organic products using 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and low impact dyes. Her vision is to create environmentally responsible and luxurious products for babies and children in modern designs. Previously, Jenny was a special education teacher at Hyde Park Day School. In addition to Simple Grace, she wrangles her two rambunctious boys and lives in Evanston with her loving and very supportive husband.
Friday, March 17th, 11:00-noon
Benefits of Essential Oils with Myriam Come learn how to revamp your medicine cabinet for the health of your entire family. Learn about natural remedies based in the use of essential oils to keep your family free of chemicals used in many over the counter drugs. Myriam Borrayo is a wife and mother of 4 adorable little ones. She loves sharing how to support the health of mamas and babies through the use of natural, essential oil based remedies.
Thursday, March 23rd, 1:30-3:30 pm
Homeschoolers Playdate Do you homeschool, or unschool, your children or do you want to? Come meet other like-minded families to socialize, create, and play at Gather! Since it is so close to Halloween, coming in costume is encouraged,but not required. There are plenty of dress up options available at Gather for pretend play. Let us know you are here for the homeschool/unschool meetup and take advantage of discounted admission ($10 one child and up to 2 caregivers, $5 each additional child).
Friday, March 24th, 11:00-noon
Child Development Q & A with Dr. Gwen Do you have questions or concerns about your child’s development? Come speak with Gwen Fiske, Ph.D. She is the owner and director of Mason Intervention, Inc. She has worked with typically developing children and children with a range of developmental delays and disorders for over 15 years. Come enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you have the opportunity to ask her questions about child development.
Saturday, April 1st, 12:30-2:30pm
Special Time for Your Special Child
Join us for an afternoon of art making and creative, sensory play in our inviting space. This play date is offered specifically for children on the Autistic Spectrum, children with developmental delay or children who struggle with communication or sensory experiences. We hope to create an opportunity for families to explore Gather and connect with each other. Special guest, Gwen Fiske, Ph.D., will be available to facilitate play and discuss development or therapeutic interventions with parents. Regular admission rates apply, but attendance will be limited to 12 families only. This playdate is recommended for children 6 and under. As space is limited, please RSVP by calling 847-859-2312.
Wednesdays, March 1st -March 22nd, 6:45-9:15 pm
Labor and Comfort Measures for Child Birth with Denyse Ffrench The Bradley Method is a system of partner-coached natural childbirth. The intention of Bradley Method classes is to teach methods of relaxation, self-awareness, and comfort measures to deal with the stress of labor as an alternative to medical intervention. The Bradley Method operates on the premise that birth is a natural, normal process, and the laboring woman and her partner can work together through labor, without common medications and interventions, if they have the right tools and support. While inspired by the Bradely Method, this class will focus on labor and comfort measures over a 4 week period. This class is appropriate for couples who would like a refresher class in preparation for their 2nd or beyond baby. This class is also appropriate for couples who do not have the time to take a full class because their due date is immanent or their schedule does not allow for it. All are welcome. Fee: $175 per couple. Denyse Ffrench is the mother of four, including a set of twins, with very different birth experiences. The breadth of her first hand knowledge with natural and assisted labors and deliveries is invaluable to her teaching expertise. Please check out her website to learn more about her supportive, informative and non-judgmental childbirth class: www.denyseffrench.com.