The stork had an early delivery for new moms who attended our Mom’s Night Out, “Cravings: What New Moms Want” with Advocate Condell Medical Center.
Our fine feathered friend didn’t bring newborns, but he delivered information, tasty treats, relaxation and lots of goodies for our lucky attendees at the Centre Club in Gurnee last Friday.
Lindsey Shifley from Lake County Food Revolution showed moms how to make delicious, nutritious and easy recipes to support their bodies’ needs. I could eat her pesto with a spoon! Mark your calendars for Food Revolution Day on May 20th.
Carrying extra baby weight can cause tension in your back, neck and shoulders, so we were so grateful for pre-natal chair massage provided by the Centre Club in Gurnee.
To further ease tension, guests enjoyed a session of pre-natal yoga courtesy of Elaine C. Long. She teaches Yoga on Mondays at 6:45 p.m. at the Centre Club in Gurnee. All our guests took home a one-week free membership to the Centre Club location of their choice!
To satisfy our new moms’ need for education, we gathered a huge team of experts on pregnancy, infants, childbirth and new parenthood. Advocate Health Care medical professionals such as OB-GYNE Associates of Libertyville, pediatricians from Advocate Children’s Medical Group, Lisa Plucinski, Coordinator of Lactation Services and Jennifer Johnson, Perinatal Education Coordinator helped moms navigate their medical needs pre- and post-baby.
Our guests were able to talk one-on-one with other service providers and resources that will meet their needs as new parents. Guests met First Candle, an organization dedicated to helping babies thrive in their first year. Babywearing International of Chicagoland Volunteer Babywearing Educators helped our guests try out and test a variety of baby carriers and demonstrated how to get the best fit for safety and comfort.
Our friends from Music-in-the-Box shared information about their developmentally-appropriate music and movement classes that you can enjoy with your infant to age 3, as well as Suzuki instruction through age 7. Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits invited women to programs such as their New Moms Group and other workshops for parents and children.
Our soon-to-be-moms had their pick of presentations to explore topics in greater depth such as breastfeeding. We learned about the kind of services a trained doula can provide before, during and after childbirth from certified Doula and author, Holly Peckskamp. Jenna Burris from Be the Change Counseling Services discussed how we can cope with the baby blues – join her on the first Wednesday of every month for her Post-Partum Depression Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Grayslake. Kim Schaf of Sleep Training Solutions shared how to get your baby started on the path to healthy sleep from the start. Moms got the straight scoop on motherhood from local writers at Undercover Mother, Deepest Worth, A Grace Full Life and Peanut Butter in My Hair.
Even with all this our guests did not leave empty-handed. Each and every one of our new moms in attendance received their own bundle of joy filled with discounts, products and information from Mabel’s Labels, Snickelfritz Toys, Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics just to name a few.
Music-in-the-Box gave away a summer toy gift basket with a free class session. Green Kids Resale gave away a new-in-the-box high chair and package of pregnancy books and DVD’s. One lucky mama took home a Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump while another mama took home a gift basket from Holcomb Hollow.
Special thanks to C3 Photography who worked tirelessly to photograph our event. Contact Diane at (847) 875-4044 to schedule your maternity and newborn photo session or to capture other special moments in your life. To see more photos of our event visit our Facebook page.
The biggest thanks go to our guests who let us pamper them for one evening. We hope to see you ladies again soon with your new babies.
If you missed this evening, we’ve got a lot more in store this year with our friends from Advocate Condell Medical Center! Save the date for Tuesday, May 3rd for a very special art workshop for you and your littles, just in time for Mother’s Day! Sign up for our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss the announcement.
Disclosure: Advocate Condell Medical Center is a paid advertising partner and Cravings presenting sponsor. Promotional consideration has been provided to other co-sponsors in exchange for their goods and services.